Shimla is one of the most popular religious destinations in addition to the tourist destinations in the country. People from all over the country visit the temples of Shimla as most of them have historical significance. They also have the reputation of being the Jagrut gods and goddesses. They are located in lush green natural surroundings. The Himalayan ranges are known as the abode of the gods and the goddesses in the Hindu religious books. One of the most significant places of worship is Jakhoo Hill, where you can visit the old Hanuman Temple.
It is believed that the size of the Jakhoo Hill was double the today’s size. It shrunk to the today’s size when Lord Hanuman stepped on it in his quest for the Sanjivani.
About Jakhoo Hill
Jakhoo Hill is known as the highest point of the Shimla. It is situated at the high attitude of 2500 m or 8048 feet from the sea level. It offers the visitors a panoramic view of the Shimla city and its surroundings such as valleys and the snow peaks. The Jakhoo Hill is located just 2 km from the Ridge at the center of the city. One of the main attractions, it also has an old Hanuman Temple at the peak. The temple is also known as the Jakhoo Temple. This temple is one of the most popular religious spots in Shimla ans is devoted to the worship of the Lord Hanuman.
It is believed that the temple was constructed by Yaaku sage. One of the most myth logically relevant places, you can see the 108 ft high statue of Lord Hanuman which is standing majestically from behind the dense deodar trees. There is a steep climb of the 300 meters to the temple. It has many paintings and statues of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman. The temple also has a pair of feet which are in white marble. People believe they are of Lord Hanuman.
You can hear the devotional music and the ringing bells throughout the day as devotees worship in the temple. It adds to the divinity feel to the place. The priests organize the special puja and festival during the Dussehra with much pomp and ceremony. The Dussehra festival is the best time to visit the Hanuman Temple. This is dwelling place of the Monkeys, believed to be the followers of Lord Hanuman. You can also enjoy one of the most breathtaking views in the world, the sunrise and sunsets in the panoramic vista of Shimla.
Mountaineering and the trekking is one of the biggest activities in the Jakhoo Hill. The government organizes the regular trekking and mountaineering in this area. The trekking and the mountaineering routes are dotted by the captivating and dense pine forests. You can also hire ponies to reach the temple. Various shops which are located in the foot of the Jakhoo Hill, also offer walking sticks to the visitors along with food and beverage.
How to Reach Jakhoo Hill
Jakhoo Hill is the highest point of the Shimla, where you can also worship Lord Hanuman in the temple. It is very easy to access the place as it is situated near the Mall and the Ridge in the center of the city. The railway station is just 3 km away from the Shimla Ridge. The airport is located just 20 km away. For the Jakhoo Hill, you have to reach at the Ridge, You can take private cab or taxi for 2.5 km at the top of the hill. You can also take the Tum tums from the mall of the city.
The best time to visit Jakhoo hills is the summer months which include the March from June. In these months, you can also enjoy the scenic beauty of the Shimla. The temperature of the place ranges from 15 degrees Celsius to the 30 degrees Celsius. This temperature is ideal for the outdoor activities such as the walk to the Jakhoo Hills. The timings of the old Hanuman temple depend upon the season, when you visit Shimla. In winter, the timings are 8 am to the 6 pm. In summer, the visiting timings are from 7 am to the 8 pm. You can also enjoy trekking from the foot of the hills to the top most point of the Jakhoo Hill.
Accommodation near the Jakhoo Hill
The Jakhoo Hill is located near the center of the city. You can get the accommodation as per your budget and the taste. As Shimla is the tourist city, you can get the accommodation at the hotels, resorts and the lodges which are dotted all over the city. They range from the inexpensive budget hotels to the large luxurious hotels. If you want to experience the local culture, you will enjoy staying with the local people at their home.