Ranked 9 among Places to Visit in Shimla
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Set amidst the lush green background of the Shivalik hill ranges on Jakhoo Hill, the highest point in Shimla, the Jakhu Temple is an ancient site shrouded in legends and offers a mystical vibe to visitors. The Jakhoo Temple is dedicated to the Hindu monkey god - Hanuman. The site is one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in Shimla, attracting tourists and visitors of all ages and religions apart from Hindu pilgrims and devotees. Jakhu Temple has the world's largest Hanuman statue, which is visible from most parts of Shimla.
Overlooking the sister town of Sanjauli, the amazing setting of Jakhoo Temple in the thick of beautiful Deodar trees is complemented with an abundant monkey population in and around the Jakhoo Hill area which serves as a fitting tribute to the monkey god. It is located approximately 2 kilometres from the Ridge in Shimla's centre, a journey of about 30 minutes. The construction of the Hanuman Statue is a marvelous piece of engineering as it is situated at the height of over 8000 feet, making it the tallest statue in the world at such a height above sea level, surpassing Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro which is 30 meters tall (excluding its pedestal of 8 meters), at the height of 700 meters (2,300 feet). According to the legend that surrounds Jakhu Temple, Lord Hanuman stopped at this spot to take some rest before resuming his search for the Sanjeevani Booti to revive Lord Lakshman. Your visit to Shimla would be incomplete without visiting the scenic Jakhoo Temple!
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9 months ago by Tina Garg
If you want to witness satisfaction and serenity, then this is the place I would advise you to visit. The temple of Hindu Lord Hanumana, you don't need to be a passionate devotee to visit here. It's much more about than just worshipping God. The place is full of monkeys and they will accompany you while walking up the hills to reach there. If you don't want to walk, then you can hire a cab also. A useful tip is don't carry anything including your camera and mobile because the monkeys can snatch it away. Travel light.
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