- Famous for: Photography, Scenery, Serenity
- Entrance Fee: No entry fees
- Visiting Time: 6AM -11PM and 4PM- 8PM (subject to change according to temple rituals)
- Visit Duration: 1-2 hours
Perched on top of one of Shimla’s most beautiful peaks, in fact the highest peak in the region, the Jakhoo Temple is famous for its omnipresent deity- Lord Hanuman. Locals believe that Monkey God rested atop the hill while he was flying to the Sanjeevani hills to find the medicine that could save Lord Lakshmana’s life during the Ram-Ravana war.
- Beware of the monkeys because here you can certainly lose your personal belongings.
- Make sure you safely deposit your belongings and shoes in the stalls near the temple or you will not see them again.
- You should definitely carry a stick with you or you might just be attacked!
Things to Do
- You have a lot to do in and around Jakhoo Hills.
- The Ridge– the cultural hub of the state is located a mere 5kms away from the temple.
- Now this is a bit risky but you can feed the monkeys. Just make sure that you don’t spoil them and that your fingers are not bitten off.
- You can pay a visit to the Wax Museum and enjoy some raw creativity.
Availability of Guides
You are in the cultural capital of Shimla and there is no scarcity of guides. You can enjoy the scenic benevolence of the region and it would be sweeter if you have a local guide with you who can serve you a bit of history as well.
Best Time to Visit
Come summer and you can see the surrounding hills of Shimla come alive with such life and vigour. The lush dells of the region scream summer and this is undoubtedly the best time to visit the place.
How to Reach
The temple is located just a few kms away from the Ridge- the cultural hub of Shimla. It is easily accessible by the trains and buses. Get down at the Kalka Railway Station which is only 2kms from the heart of the city. From here you can hire a cab or grab a pony ride to the temple.
Interesting Facts and Trivia about Jakhoo Hills, Shimla
- Jakhoo Hills is the highest point in Shimla.
- You can drink in the spectacular view of the nearby Himalayan peaks.
- It is considered as the highest Hanuman Temple in the world.
- It also has the World’s Tallest Hanuman Statue at 108 feet.
- It harbours one of the country’s largest monkey population.
- Johnnie’s Wax Museum
- The Ridge
- Shimla Mall
- Christ Church
- Gaiety Cultural Complex
- Scandal Point
- Hide Out Café
- Café Sol
- Wake and Bake Café
- Seventh Heaven
- Loveena Restaurant
- Honey Hut
- Himachali Rasoi
- Café Simla Times
Spend some time in the divine aura of Lord Hanuman and enjoy the benevolent scenic beauty of the surrounding Shivalik ranges. The highest statue of Monkey God which stands at a towering height of 108ft astounds you with its magnificent presence and majestic aura.