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Monkey Temple (Durga Temple), Varanasi

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Admire the vibrant red building of Monkey Temple (Durga Temple), an 18th-century complex dedicated to the Hindu mother goddess Durga. Many, however, refer to the red ochre temple by the primate residents on its premises. Take a walk around the lush green courtyard of the temple, whose idol, legend has it, spontaeously appeared. Admire the dramatic verticality of the Nagara architecture. Shoes and photography are not allowed on the perimeter; non-Hindus can only visit the courtyard and not the inner sanctum. To visit Monkey Temple (Durga Temple) and get the most from your holiday in Varanasi, create itinerary details personal to you using our Varanasi family vacation planner.
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  • It is a battle goddess Durga Temple. Take off your shoes, went into. More money out cord is wrapped around the neck, in your prayers and thank you was just a little bit, but let me refuse.
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  • A colourful temple - Great for photography in the soft light of the sunrise or sunset - Mornings are better in my opinion as the light is often toned down by the morning mists  more »
  • A must visit, just 2-3 Kms from the ghats. One can take a cycle rickshaw and see the temple and come back. It is said teh Idol at the temple was made by Goddess Durga herself. Its a big temple complex...  more »
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  • Small & Beautiful temple on Chunar Road.
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The old city of Varanasi has a long history of pilgrimage and tourism, and its range of accommodations has developed to a high degree to meet the vast demand from across India and further afield. Perhaps the most interesting and atmospheric place to stay can be found in the area surrounding the ghats on the west bank of the river. You can find an eclectic mix of simple hotels and guesthouses all the way from this point up to the main train station. North of the station sit the most luxurious of the city's accommodations, with views of the tributary that runs through the north, and a range of additional facilities.
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