Hanuman Langur, Grey Langur (English) , Langur ( Hindi), Semnopithicus dussumieri ( Scientific name) are a delight for any photographer and can be seen across the Indian Subcontinent.

There are hundreds and thousands of Indian folktales  which reveal the intellect and prowess of these extremely enchanting Monkeys.

Hanuman the Monkey God is revered through out the Indian Subcontinent and there are millions of mythological stories which speak of his ingenuity and ability to overcome obstacles.

The humane body language and antics of Langurs are extremely fascinating.

I had a fabulous day taking pictures of a group of Grey Langurs at the Mandor  Gardens near Jodhpur , Rajasthan, India( do check  two blogs MANIFICENT MANDOR and THE MANDOR LOTUSES at )

Gandhiji’s Three Musketeers

Apparently there are seven species of Langurs in the Genus Semnopithicus and all inhabit the Indian Subcontinent.

I have seen the Himalayan  Langur, which is much larger  with a thicker fur.

This Langur wished to cross to the other side of a water channel that divides the Mandore Gardens into two parts  and was photographed assessing the terrain on two legs. See the way it grasps the metallic fence and stands in a Orwellian fashion on “two legs”.

langur shadow
Casting a perfect Shadow

For some reason, maybe because of their larger size,  The Grey Langurs scare  the Rhesus Macaque ( Red faced Monkeys). They are thus increasingly used in Indian Cities like New Delhi to drive away groups of  the Rhesus Macaque Monkeys.

WordPress has played tricks with this photograph as it shows the Langur jumping up whereas in fact it was jumping off a tree and was caught in flight by my camera.

The way the tail is absolutely straight is worth noting.

In flight
In flight

Showing scant respect to the cameraman  this Langur saunters off showing me its rear. The lovely silvery fur glistens in the sunlight.

The manner in which the tail is held clearly indicates the species and differentiates it from those that inhabit Southern India and Sri Lanka.

The photograph is interesting as it looks as though the Black faced Monkey is balancing on ONE LEG alone. An artist in the backgroundis busy sketching the ancient Cenotaphs at the Mandore Gardens.

on one leg
Time to say Good Bye

In a previous blog a fellow Blogger has requested me not to mention facts but pen a story as well. The fact is however the stories lie in the facts themselves.

The tales are in the Tail my friends.

I am simply peeling the Orange, it is for you to savour the fruits.However in due reverence to my readers am not revealing many facts in this blog.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

16 thoughts on “LANGURS”

  1. nice story Mukul. I’m left wondering though, why local authorities would prefer to have grey langurs occupying the parks rather than the rhesus monkeys? I’m guessing the rhesus have more obnoxious habits and the langurs are a bit more laid-back? Or are there health issues?

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    1. The Rhesus Macacque usually have large groups and in inhabited areas are dangerous for humans as they can bite if provoked. The Langurs used to scare them are usually under the the care of a Langur trainer and of what I have seen return to the trainer. They do not replace the population of Rhesus M, which move onto another region like the city forests.

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