Sight Seen : Exploring The Queen Of Hills - Jakhu Temple

Shimla - Jakhu Temple

Shimla's most famous temple, dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman, sits atop its highest hill, a steep but worthwhile hike of 1.2km up from the east end of the Ridge. Appropriately, hundreds of rhesus macaques loiter around the temple, hoping for gifts of prasad (temple-blessed food offerings) from visitors. They have a habit of snatching loose objects such as hats, phones and even spectacles, so bring a stick to discourage them, or rent one (₹10) at the temple gate.
The temple is easily located from all over town thanks to a 33m-high pink statue of Hanuman that pokes above the treetops beside it. Inside the temple is a small shrine surrounded by funky relief murals of Hanuman performing feats from the Ramayana.

 

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