Jhula Devi, Ranikhet

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: History, Mythology, Photography, Nature.
  • Entry Fee: No fee is required.
  • Visiting Time: From 6am to 6pm daily.
  • Visiting Duration: 1 to 2 hours.

The tranquillity amidst the nurturing nature of Ranikhet is not the only source of attraction for the visitors. To accompany the beauty of nature, Ranikhet houses a number of religious abodes that have helped to keep the people on the right track since time immemorial. One such religious place is the Jhula Devi Temple that enlivens the serene air of Ranikhet with the pealing of the holy bells. The sound of the tinkling bells travel through the breezy air and fills the entire town with a holiness so divine that every pilgrim is automatically drawn towards the premises of the temple to purify the heart and soul. Thus, the Jhula Devi Temple is an enchanting temple that forms a foremost tourist spot since ages.

Jhula Devi
Photo by Mrneutrino, CC BY-SA 3.0

Traveller Tips

  • It would be better if you wear traditional clothes to the temple as the villagers surrounding the temple area do not appreciate western clothes much.
  • Do not forget to buy flowers and incense sticks from the market.
  • Make sure you return to the nearest village, Chaubatia, before sunset to avoid risks.

Things to Do There

  • Pray to Goddess Durga and seek her blessings with the faith in heart that all your problems would be resolved if you become a good person altogether.
  • Take part in performing the daily rituals with reverence in your heart.
  • Learn about the myth associated with the temple by interacting with the priest.

Availability of Guides

You will have to seek the help of the local people and the priest at the temple himself to extract as much knowledge as you want about this religious abode due to the absence of a professional guide here.

Best Time to Visit

There is no specific time for visiting the Jhula Devi Temple. Rather, as this temple conducts the religious rituals ceremoniously throughout the year, it is possible to pay respects by visiting the doorstep of this sacred abode whenever it is convenient for you. However, it is recommended that you visit this enchanted religious abode between March and June or between September and November.

How to Reach the Place

The temple is situated at a distance of 7 km from the main bus terminus in Ranikhet. The best option of reaching this temple would be to set out on a short trek amidst the scenic and natural environment. Apart from this adventurous venture, you can also hire a cab or board a bus that goes to Chaubatia.

Interesting Facts About Jhula Devi Temple

  • This temple has the idol of Jhula Devi who is an incarnation of Goddess Durga.
  • The temple was established in the 8th Century and was believed that Goddess Durga would protect the adjoining villages from the attack of wild animals.
  • The prevalent custom at this temple practiced by the local people is tying brass bells if their wishes are fulfilled. The pilgrims ring the bells every time they enter into the temple and pray for good luck and protection from all harm.
Rani Jheel
Rani jheel, Photo by Mrneutrino, CC BY-SA 3.0

Nearby Attractions

  • Chaubatia
  • Haidakhan Babaji Temple
  • Binsar Mahadev Temple
  • Naukuchia Taal
  • Golf Ground, Ranikhet
  • Sunset Point
  • Kalika Temple
  • Mankameshwar Temple
  • Bhalu Dam
  • Ram Mandir
  • Rani Jheel

Nearby Restaurants

  • Mayur Restaurant
  • Ranikhet Club
  • Chevron Rosemount
  • Sahaj Ranikhet
  • Upadhyay Mishtanna Bhandar
  • Bhagat Mishtanna Bhandar
  • Shama Restaurant
  • Himadri Bhojanalaya
  • Chanda Soup and Momo
  • Vicky Da Momo

A visit to this temple leaves the tourists in a beautiful state of mind that fills them with a renewed zeal and determination to face the challenges that may come their way. The tranquillity and sacredness that is offered at the premises of this mythological temple is so tempting that the pilgrims are swayed to come back to this temple again and again. Thus, the Jhula Devi Temple is a must visit for all.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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