"The Monkeys of Shimla" Top 5 Page for this destination Simla Things to Do Tip by sourbugger

Simla Things to Do: 58 reviews and 115 photos

Hanuman, the Hindu God is honoured all over India, but especially in Shimla which hasa nearby temple that is overrun by the little fellows.

You can also find them all over the town itself. The amount of 'ready-meals' make life so much easier for the average monkey. Some residents have 'monkey-proof' bins, but there is still plenty to go round from markets and general garbage. Some of the monkeys have become quite 'thug-like' in their approach to getting food. Woe-be-tide anybody walking down the street with an open bag and fruit in it - you won't get very far.

The monkeys also love many of the public buildings which are often wooden in construction with a kind of metalwork lattice covering them - the perfect climbing frame for them.

Whilst I loved watching them (as did Rudyard Kipling), I understand that many locals find the monkeys a nusiance. It's not much fun watching one bounce repeatedly up and down on your tin roof and then running off with breakfast.

I understand there is now a programme in place to try and kerb numbers by sterialising some of the male population.

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  • Updated Sep 6, 2006
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