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Monkey Temple (Durga Temple)

Address: Varanasi, India
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Ranked #18 of 57 Attractions in Varanasi
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Didn't really enjoy this temple, though the weather was damp and this made the access unpleasant. If you are short on time think about maybe missing this one out.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The best part of this attraction is the way leading there, which is where all the monkeys are that you would expect. In the temple complex itself you will find more dogs than monkeys. No cameras or phones allowed. Beware of dog fights!

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Austin, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The temple was quite busy when we visited (I think it was a festival time). We met many monkeys (my preschooler had a mama monkey pull his hair when he got too close to her baby!), took off our shoes to enter with the worshippers, and witnessed the amazing devotion of the people who came to pay their respects and... More 

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Greater Noida, India
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

It is the most divine,charming and soothing place when it comes to temples in varansi. Once you reach here you can feel the magic in the air only, specially the evening aarti done by the pandits there is a must watch, it is very amazing and magical. You can also witness lots of monkeys over there.

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Varanasi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

its good place for worship not too much rush here. very good for the tourist also, very good place very easily find the accommodation and both temple is very near you can walk both temple by walk .

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

You will get a real taste of "real" Varanasi when you wander out to this temple. You pass through some of the poorer parts of Varanasi where there are families more or less living on the streets with their goats and pigs. The temple itself is really quite beautiful, painted red and gold, with lots of Brahmins studying and meditating,... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The temple was difficult to find (we went by foot, dough) and has nothing special itself (appart from the monkeys). But after a short visit I heard some live mantras, that some people were singing and playing, and was very beautiful. I just sat there for a while, closed my eyes and gave a moment for myself. Very touching*

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Such a beautiful place, a decent trek up the mountain to get to the temple and monkey everywhere. They are harmless and not intimidating in anyway. Had great fun visiting this unique temple.

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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

i'm sure that if you can look past the terrifying, shrieking monkeys and the monkey droppings everywhere, you could find this interesting and worth visiting. i, however, was unable to do so. especially after having left my shoes at the door.

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Australia
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

After going through security, we walked along a winding path to the temple with hundreds of monkeys dashing around on either side. After taking our shoes off, we went inside the temple and walked around the building which was hundreds of years old.

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