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The temples

Of the five hundred or so temples that remain, only a handful are of interest to any but the most ardent temple-phile. They are quite spread out in the south of the city, but it’s possible to see the highlights in a day by auto-rickshaw, which should cost around Rs250 for a tour of the main sites (including waiting time). The majority are active places of worship, so dress appropriately, remove your shoes (and any leather items) at the entrance and seek permission before taking photographs, particularly inside the buildings. The resident priest will expect a donation if he’s shown you around, but don’t believe the astronomical amounts recorded in the ledgers you’ll be shown. Entry is free to all temples except Rajarani.