Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The city of Shimla is built on several hills and connected crests. Shimla is located in the northwestern Himalayas and was the summer capital of India during the British era.
This city extends on a ridge about 12 km. It is perhaps the largest mountain resort in the world, located at 2,421 meters above sea level. A place of peace and pleasure, Shimla is a tourist resort in the real sense of the world.
Fall is the best season of the year to visit Shimla, but the beginning of spring is also good to plan for Shimla Trip. Shimla is connected to air, rail and road transport. Shimla under the snow is a magnificent sight and offers the unique attraction of an outdoor rink.
The legendary ridge under the snow sports in Kufri makes Shimla a wonderful winter holiday resort.
Jakhoo Hill: (2,455 meters) around 2 km. away from the city. It is the highest peak of Shimla and offers panoramic views of the city and the mountains. ‘Hanuman Temple of Jakhoo’ is very famous.
According to legend, Hanumanji would have taken some rest here while he was carrying a hill of ‘SanjiwaniBooti’. Jakhoo is one of the most famous places in Shimla.
Today we want to talk a little about the Jakhoo Temple, an ancient temple of Shimla dedicated to Hanuman, a very important figure in Hindu mythology, considered the god of monkeys and the most faithful companion of the god-king Rama, one of the avatars of Vishnu.
Located on Jakhoo Hill, the highest point of the city, it offers a breathtaking view over the Shivalikmountain range and the city of Sanjauli.
Today we want to talk a little about the Jakhoo Temple, an ancient temple of Shimla dedicated to Hanuman, a very important figure in Hindu mythology, considered the god of monkeys and the most faithful companion of the godking Rama, one of the avatars of Vishnu.
After healing Lakshmana, Hanuman went back to palcetehhilsl at its original place. He rested on top of Jakhoo Hill for a while. It is said that the top of the hill has flattened because of Hanuman’s weight!
The temple was built around the square supposed to have Hanuman’s footprints. It is a highly revered religious place in Shimla and many worshipers flock to pray.
The word ‘Jakhoo‘ is taken from Hindi word ‘Yakhsa’, which means a link between humans and gods as per Hindu tradition. The road to the temple is a narrow path that requires walking sticks to go up from the base.
More about Jakhoo Temple
Today this place is surrounded by a large number of monkeys, considered these as the army of the monkey god, Hanuman himself.
These monkeys roam at ease. For this reason, when visitors arrive at the temple they are advised to insure all their personal belongings, as we know These monkeysare very curious and a little bit of thieves.
Let us give importance to these indications, because it would not be the first time that one of these monkeys steals objects from tourists and they do not see them again.
World’s Largest Statue
Just on the outskirts of this former summer capital of the British raj, a huge 108 feet high statue of Lord Hanuman was disclose at Jakhoo Hanuman temple, overlooking the whole city.
How to reach:
The holy temple is home to innumerable monkeys. Perched on a hill top, it takes a trek of 30 minutes from The State Library through the dense pine forests to reach it. Horses can also be rented from the base of the hills for a to and fro journey.