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JAKHOO TEMPLE / JAKHOO HILL Shimla,(India)

The property

OVERVIEW

This is a very old temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is located on the highest peak of Simla. Obviously from here, you get to see breathtaking views. You can view the Shivalik range and the Sanjauli town. One can go to the Hanuman temple by foot or there is also a provision of hiring a horse. A big festival is held in the temple on the day of Dusherra. As per the legend it was here that Lord Hanuman rested for a while when he was going to get the Sanjeevani plant for reviving the unconscious Laxmana.In 2010, a huge statue of Hanuman is built near Jakhu Temple in Shimla. This is considered as world's tallest statue with 108 ft height lies at the highest altitude of 8100 ft. The temple holds several statues and paintings of Lord Hanuman as well as Lord Rama. The temple also has a pair of feet engraved in white marble which devotees believe are of Lord Hanuman.
 

History

In the year 2010, the largest statue of Lord Hanuman was made public. This idol is 108 feet in height. It is located on the highest altitude. This is considered as the world’s tallest statue. There is a ropeway which connects the Ridge with the temple. This is considered one of the most famous temples of Simla. The tallest statue of the Lord was inaugurated by a public figure and celebrity Abhishek Bachchan. You will find many rhesus macaques moving around the place in hope of getting Prasad and food. Inside the temple, there is a small deity of the Lord Hanuman.The premises hold murals and paintings showing Hanuman's feats during Ramayana. The huge 108 feet tall idol of Hanuman installed here in 2010 is a grand sight and has played an important part in attracting an increasing number of tourists throughout the years, who come here to witness this architectural marvel. The soaring statue is illuminated during the night. It is visible from almost anywhere in Shimla, even during the day! An endless number of monkeys flock the hill and is a wonderful sight to experience, but beware of their mischievous behaviour.
 

Best Time to Visit

Summer months between March and June are pleasant with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. The rainy season during July and after can be quite a nuisance to travel around due to heavy showers. The winter months post September until January are very idyllic and calm. It can get quite cold and chilly with occasional snow showers.
 

Address:

Jakhoo Temple Park, Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171001, India
 

Visit Duration

Visit Duration of Ideal Time is 1-2 hours.
 

Open and Closing Time

All days of the week 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM And 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 

General Information

Entrance Fee: No Entry Fees.
Perched on top of one of Shimla’s most beautiful peaks , in fact the highest peak in the region, the Jakhoo Temple is famous for its omnipresent deity- Lord Hanuman.Locals believe that Monkey God rested atop the hill while he was flying to the Sanjeevani hills to find the medicine that could save Lord Lakshmana’s life during the Ram-Ravana war.Shimla's fantastic weather makes it a great destination to visit any time of the year. Summer months between March and June are pleasant with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. The rainy season during July and after can be quite a nuisance to travel around due to heavy showers. The winter months post September until January are very idyllic and calm. It can get quite cold and chilly with occasional snow showers.

Near By Attraction

Kali Bari Temple Jakhoo Temple The Ridge Christ Church
 

Transportation

Shimla Railway Station, Cart Rd, Nabha, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171004, Airport Address :Shimla Airport, Jubbarhatti, Himachal Pradesh 173207. The temple is located just a few km away from the Ridge- the cultural hub of Shimla. It is easily accessible by the trains and buses. Get down at the Kalka Railway Station which is only 2kms from the heart of the city. From here you can hire a cab or grab a pony ride to the temple.
 

Application Availability Which Saves Some Money

Zomato, Swiggy(best service for delicious food) Uber, Ola(best service available for cab up to 24/7) hours
 

Interesting facts about the JAKHOO TEMPLE

There are many ways to reach up to Jakhoo hills. One can opt local taxi, cabs, train or ropeway. Frankly, if someone really wants to know about the best ways to go for jakhoo hills and explore destinations around then its ropeway. As per my notion and tourist review gondola ride or cable car ride is the best way to visit Jakhoo and enjoy the glimpse of its tourist places.The temple on top of the hill is a short ride away from the Shimla city centre. You can either hire a taxi, get a pony or walk the picturesque trail of 2 kilometres up the hill in order to reach Jakhoo Temple. A rope/cable car is also available to reach the top. The festival of Dussehra (Vijayadashami) is celebrated on a grand scale during the month of October/September at the Jakhoo Temple because of Lord Hanuman's heroic feats in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. Dussehra marks the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. The Ridge the cultural hub of the state is located a mere 5kms away from the temple. Now this is a bit risky but you can feed the monkeys. Just make sure that you don’t spoil them and that your fingers are not bitten off. You can pay a visit to the Wax Museum and enjoy some raw creativity. Beware of the monkeys because here you can certainly lose your personal belongings. Make sure you safely deposit your belongings and shoes in the stalls near the temple or you will not see them again. You should definitely carry a stick with you or you might just be attacked! PREFERRED BY-God Lovers, Nirvana Seekers, Experience Seekers, Photographer.

Tips For Visiting Jakhoo Temple

1. Disposing and littering of unwanted garbage in the temple premises will be frowned upon and is best to avoid it. 2. Sometimes, the monkeys here can be quite a hassle to deal with and are famous for snatching anything you might to be carrying or wearing. So, beware of your surroundings and carry a stick to keep them away. They also generously accept eatables given to them by people. 3. There are several eateries at the temple site. 4/ It is considered good luck to ring the temple bell before exiting the premises.

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