Temples are one of the major attractions in Himachal tourism. Himachal is considered to be connected with the Indian mythologies the Mahabharata and the Ramayana and you can see temples of gods and goddesses associated with the mythology all through the destination. Jakhoo hill is one of the popular attractions in Himachal and is known for its Hanuman temple (the monkey god), which is believed to have been built to signify him setting foot on the hills when he came searching for the Sanjeevani Hills.
Legends say that the hills were massive and huge until Lord Hanuman stepped foot on it made it shrink. Today, the Jakhoo hill stands at an altitude of 2,500 meters from the sea level and is the highest point in Shimla. The place hosts a 108-foot Hanuman statute, standing tall amidst the deodar trees. You need to climb close to 300 steps to reach the place, which comes after a mild trek. Dusshera is probably the best time to visit this place and you can see several paintings and statues of Lord Hanuman.
The 108-foot Hanuman statue believed to have mythological connection and significance
How to Reach:
You can reach the Jakhoo hill by taking a cab from the Ridge, Shimla or the Mall. Private cabs and shared taxis take you to the place from the Ridge, which is just 2.5 kilometers away from the place.
The temple is open from morning 7 AM to 8 PM during the summer and from 8 AM to PM in the winters.
Carry water bottles as a steep climb is involved. Also, be careful with your wallets, snacks, sunglasses and other materials as there are a lot of monkeys in this place that try to snatch things and run away.