Monkey show in India

When in India, you will find people doing tricks on the road involving animals of which monkey tricks are the most common. I am not sure if you know that the word monkey is a general word for a variety of species of monkeys.  In fact, they are primates that include apes and prosimians such as lemur and humans. There are 13 species of monkeys in India of which the ‘Common Langur’ is the most abundant. They are also known as the ‘Hanuman Langur’ and they are purely vegetarian. In fact, these langurs are everywhere. You’ll even find these in the city of Agra where the Taj Mahal is situated.

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Monkeys on the road in India
Monkeys on the road in India. Source: A still from YouTube

Sadly many of these are used for road side shows. They are taken into captivity and taught tricks and then used as a source of making money. To be honest, I am not sure if there are laws against it or not. If there is one, I have not heard of it and even if there was one I am confident that it never gets implemented.

Group of monkeys in Indian traffic

I have no idea how they are treated, if they are fed adequately or taken care off or not. Whatever the case maybe – these monkey shows is a part of Indian life. It’s a real treat if you ask me and children love them.

What are your views on these monkey shows? Would you pay to watch these shows or would you confront the man who’s doing the show or simply ignore it. As a tourist to India, how would you feel?

Here’s an Indian roadside monkey show

27 thoughts on “Monkey show in India”

  1. In childhood days, there was one person who use to come once in a month showing monkey show in our area.
    After he used to say that everyone go to home and bring wheat/pulses etc. if someone donot bring, he will get a headache and I used to get frightened

  2. Hi Shalu,

    Honestly speaking, as kids we used to love such shows and have been guilty shall I say but that was years ago when such things were normal in every house as the means of entertainment were less. Similar was the case with going to a circus and seeing animals perform there.

    However, with time, all of this has lessened as we become more aware and other kind of entertainment comes up now. I feel bad for the way these animals are treated and haven’t watched one since my childhood, and neither have my kids. Perhaps I would pay for money owner something to feed the monkey without watching the show, if at all, though such things are being banned in larger cities already.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  3. I like playing with Monkeys Shalu but often I don’t have the opportunity to see them around. I can’t remember the last time I saw one.

    Yes, I would pay to watch if I have the opportunity 😉

  4. We Indians used to watch these monkey shows since our childhood, but now I personally feel that such shows should be banned as they cause lot of trouble to monkeys.

  5. Hi Shalu,

    Seems to me that these monkeys are trained for man’s benefit. I don’t know how they are treated, but I’m not one to see any animal dressed up like in your second video.

    I get upset seeing dogs and cats dressed up for their owner’s entertainment.

    Hey, I can’t even go to a zoo without feeling sorry for an animal.

    Just my take!


  6. Mostly, i see the monkeys in “Lord Vishnu”. In Madurai, Alagarkovil one of the famous vishnu temple. It’s like hilly region, there we can see lot of monkeys. They are always afraid the people to fetch their eatables and belongings. It’s very enjoyable while seeing this.

    Nowadays, in Tamilnadu, i didn’t see any monkey show in the road or in the streets. Blue Cross Organization strictly prohibited this kind of activities in Tamilnadu, i think.

    Anyway thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading.

  7. Hi mam,
    Actually monkey show and Bear show are quite famous in Indian villages. You can easily watch them on streets performing plays and dramas. Very interesting post.
    Thanks for sharing

    Ritul Gangwar

  8. I haven’t seen monkeys performing in India, but I was very surprised indeed when I saw so many monkeys on the street! In the Philippines, they can be seen only in zoos. Fascinating! Happy Holi, Shalu!

  9. In childhood i seen monkey’s dramas with interesting themes like marriage, dance. Mostly i see the monkeys in Bharatpur (Rajasthan). But i am from Sri Ganganagar, so i miss monkeys shows. I didn’t see any monkey or monkey’s show in Ganganagar.
    Thank you ma’am for awesome post. These are childhood memories. 🙂

  10. Oh my god, i really love it but you know monkeys are very dangerous. Actually i used to be scared. Shalu, these are always memorable moments in my life or i think in everyone’s life. Thanks for sharing your awesome post 🙂


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