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Jakhu Temple, Shimla in Shimla

Summer: April-June (14°C - 28°C)

Winter: December-February (-5°C - 10°C)

Monsoon: July to mid-September

Best time to visit:  October-April

Opening Time: 07:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 08:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: N/A

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Standing imposingly amidst the lavish green deodar forests, Jakhu (or Jakhoo) Temple is certainly among the most beautiful temples of Lord Hanuman (the Monkey God). According to the popular legend, Hanuman rested at this place during his expedition for Sanjeevani herb required to save the life of Lakshmana in Ramayana. A Yaksha (celestial being) named Yaaku (after whom the temple is named) found the footprints and idol of Lord Hanuman here and built the temple. Today, hundreds of visitors visit the temple to seek blessings of the lord.
One of the most astounding features of the temple is its 108 ft. saffron statue of Lord Hanuman (designed as the world’s tallest statue of the lord) which was installed only a couple of years ago. The temple complex acts as an exciting vantage point, offering marvellous views of Himalayan peaks and valleys. Located on the tallest hill of the region, which usually remains covered with mist, at an altitude of about 2,455 m., the temple has outstandingly tranquil atmosphere to its credit.
At night, one can enjoy the stunning views of glittering Hanuman statue from anywhere across the Ridge and the Mall Road. Visitors must be careful about mischievous monkeys, which roam around the temple in huge numbers and are known for snatching just anything. It is advised to rent a stick to keep them away.


Road: One can climb from The Ridge (about 2 km. away) to reach temple. The climb can be strenuous and demands physical fitness. Ponies can be hired for the route. Another route supports vehicle traffic. You can hire taxis from the city centre to access the temple via this route. Each of the routes promises breathtaking views of mountains and dense deodar forests.

Railway: Shimla’s railway station on narrow gauge line is about 3 km. from the temple and once must hire a taxi from here to reach the destination. Kalka has the closets broad gauge railway station (about 100 km. away) and taxis can be hired from here as well.

Airway: Shimla’s very own domestic airport is about 23 km. from the temple. There is no issue in finding taxis from the airport for journey towards the temple.