Best time to visitWhen in Shimla
Open hoursThe temple is open all through the week from 7 am in the morning till 8 pm in the evening.
Things to doCarry some extra food to give to the monkeys here.
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples
Rank4 out of 80 attractions in Simla
If you wish to worship the Hindu God Hamuman when in Shimal then please pay a visit to the Jakhu Temple that is just about 45 minutes away by foot from the famous Mall Road. A number of monkeys inhabit the place and one is warned about food being snatched away from ones hands by these curious inhabitants. Legend tells us that this temple has a mark or footprint of the Lord Hamunan. This shot the temple to instant popularity and it is now a famous tourist hot spot in Himachal Pradesh. Hold on to your children when you visit the temple
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Reviews of Jakhu Temple • 6
Jakhoo Temple: While we were returning to our rooms we saw a tall Hanuman statue deep inside the forest. The Statue was bright enough to catch everyone's attention. It was shining brightly amidst those dark forests. We were in full interest to go there. We decided to go there by Bike but then we got to know about some route through the forest path. While we were trekking through that path many people were saying that the route is dangerous as many wild animals would be there then. But we didn't care about those talks. Many were tired and only 3 of us decided to have an adventure that day. As we were climbing the mountains we got a call from our friends warning us about the danger up above. And my reply for every call would be "Bakchodi Math Kar Bhai"(Don't talk unnecessarily). As we got a frequent warning that too about lions and bears from our friends we got very much afraid. After that, every step was a great struggle and we have to survey the entire area before moving ahead. Somehow we managed to reach the top hill. But unfortunately, by the time we reached the temple, it was closed. After spending about 10-15 mins we descended the hills. It was already 1.00 am and we returned to our inn with an adventurous experience.
One can add Jakhu Temple visit as well, which I could not scale after the run due to post run fatigue. In fact you can check your fitness level by comparing the time taken by you to walk from Church near ridge to Jakhu Temple with the following chart:
Jakhu TempleWe took a cab from outside IIAS directly to Jakhu temple. You can't take an Ola till the temple but if your cab driver is friendly, he will charge a little extra and take you there. Also, if you are a fitness freak, try trekking till the temple from the ridge. It takes about 30-45 minutes. Jakhu temple has a huge idol of Hanuman (about 25 ft. tall) which stands strong through the clouds. Quite a sight! Tip: Be very careful of your belongings. DONOT wear your specs/shades etc. The monkeys will take it away.
As we reached this place, our driver warned us about monkeys snatching stuff from the tourists. Scared as we were, I was the only one carrying my phone to click a few pictures. That is how I managed to click this picture of The statue of Lord Hanuman which stands 108 feet tall on the hill overlooking the city. The enitre time I was there, I just wondered how did they manage to build this statue and put it up there at such a height!
2 kms from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak an offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Lord Hanuman (33 meter statue of lord Hanuman which is a master piece, this over takes even the Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro), which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors.
It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is located at the top of the hill, around 2-3 km from the mall road. It can be reached by walking. If you prefer mountain climbing, take a stick and get ready to climb for an hour. Otherwise, you can hire a taxi or a pony to reach the place.