Jakhu Temple in Shimla is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and should be on every visitor’s itinerary when exploring this hill station. Situated at its highest peak, Jakhu Hill boasts breathtaking views of valleys, snowcapped mountains and city itself from its highest vantage point. Additionally, this fascinating hill boasts other attractions such as Ridge Mall Road Kufri as well as this spectacular temple.
Since 2010, when Lord Hanuman was installed 108 feet high statue has drawn thousands of pilgrims and tourists alike to this hill. It features paintings and murals depicting Rama’s battle with Ravana while providing breathtaking views of Shivalik mountain ranges from above. Although open all year, visitors should visit during sunrise or sunset for optimal experience.
One can access the temple by foot, taxi, or ropeway ride. However, taking the latter option is recommended as it takes less time and is safer than walking on treacherous paths. The temple opens its doors daily from 7 am until 8 pm for worshipers who can then attend various aartis or prayer sessions throughout their visit – visitors can bring flowers, fruits or sweets for good luck offerings to give to god at these services.
Jakhu Temple is known not only for being a place of worship but also its exquisite architecture. Built according to Himachal Pradesh’s traditional Kath kuni style and consisting of wood and stone elements, its eye-catching 108 feet tall statue of Lord Hanuman illuminated at night is sure to attract visitors who visit it from all angles. Plus, with deodar trees surrounding the area it creates a soothing and tranquil ambience, perfect for relaxing and unwinding!
Bear in mind that the Jakhu Temple is home to monkeys who enjoy making quick work of getting any food they find from tourists unwittingly. Visitors who aren’t prepared should bring along sticks as protection against these creatures who know tourists make easy targets, searching their bags and pockets for any food or other possible stolen objects they can access.
Avoid carrying valuables, and consider carrying a bag with strong locks instead. Furthermore, wear comfortable shoes and don’t bring anything that might offend the monkeys; additionally it would be wise to hire a guide when visiting this temple.
Jakhu Temple can be found at the heart of Shimla and can be reached using various modes of transportation such as buses, taxis and cabs. For an enhanced experience visit during morning or afternoon prayers sessions and experience their Aartis/prayer services!