One of the main attraction of Shimla is an ancient temple on top of Jakhoo Hill called Jakhoo Temple which is said to have been built in the 19th century in honor of the Hindu Deity, Hanuman.
In the same area, they also built a 108 feet tall Hanuman statue which overlooks the entire town of Shimla.
Here are some pictures of Jakhoo Temple and the tallest Hanuman statue in the world:
The short trek from The Mall up to Jakhoo could take from thirty minutes to an hour depending on your speed.
Along the way, shops are renting out walking stick that they say scares off the monkey and serves as their warning not to mess with the visitors.
The hike is pleasant because of the cool weather and the monkeys didn’t really bothered us at all. Maybe because we were carrying walking sticks with us.
Here are some pictures of what we saw along the way:
Here are some tips if you decide to trek your way to Jakhoo Temple:
1. Don’t rush. Shimla is located in a high altitude area and the temple is located on higher ground and it’s easy to feel exhausted due to the altitude. Take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
2. Keep yourself hydrated. If you don’t want to carry bottled water with you, you can buy instead in some shops that you’ll find along the way.
3. Do not feed the monkeys. These are wild monkeys and they should not be fed with our commercially manufactured food. This is also to avoid having them getting used to getting food from humans.
4. Pay respect at the temple. Remove your shoes before entering and stay silent as other pilgrims pray and pay their respect to Hanuman.
5. If you don’t want to trek, you have the option to take a taxi to and from the temple.