We were on a rickshaw tour of Jaipur and, after visiting the Water Palace, our driver told us we would go to the Monkey Palace. Naïvely, I thought this was a palace adorned with carvings of monkeys, alas no! It is home to 5000 monkeys.
After disembarking we were introduced to our guide, who was going to ‘protect us from the monkeys’, and paid him. He pointed to the scar on my nose and asked what happened, I told him and he showed me the fresh gash on his forehead and explained that a monkey did that to him. That, coupled with the fact that we had to buy peanuts to feed the monkeys, meant that my anxiety was peaking. The monkeys go ape for the nuts.