It is known to all that Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is home to several tourist places. Lovingly called the ‘Queen of the Hills’, Shimla, which is the capital of this mountainous state, is also a must visit during the tour of this charming state.
Jakhoo and Summer Hill in Shimla
Both the Jakhoo Hill and Summer Hill are counted among the seven hills, on the top of which Shimla is inhabited. The other five ones are namely the Prospect Hill, Observatory Hill, Elysium Hill, Inverarm Hill, and the Bantony Hill.
Having its average altitude of 8,050 ft (2,455 m) above the sea level, the Jakhoo Hill, which is situated at a distance of approx 2.5 km east from the Ridge, is the highest hill in Shimla. From this highest summit in Shimla, you can take the panoramic glimpse of the town of Sanjauli, and the Shivalik Ranges. On this highest hill of Shimla, you can get the golden chance of paying a holy visit to the Jakhoo Temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity, Monkey Lord Hanuman, the incarnation of Lord Shiva. This ancient Hanuman Temple, which is accessible on foot by the road with its steep ascending height of approx 300 m passing through the forests of the trees of Deodar (cedar) and pine, is a must visit for taking the fine glimpse of sunrise and sunset.
Popularly called the ‘World of Monkeys’ because of being home to a large number of monkeys, the Jakhoo Hill also owns the world’s highest statue of Monkey Lord Hanuman, publicly unveiled by Abhishek Bachchan on the 5th of November, 2010 A.D. Having its height of 108 ft, this huge statue, which is counted among the most visited points of interest in Shimla, is the perfect point of taking the fine glimpse of the entire city of Shimla.
Being a small town on the outskirts of Shimla at a distance of 5 km west of the Shimla Ridge, the Summer Hill, which has its average elevation of 2,123 m above the sea level, is also called the Potter’s Hill. The Georgian mansion of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur on the Summer Hill has been previously used by Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi during his visits to Shimla. On this charming hill, you can also find several breathtaking residences among the Deodar (cedar) and pine covered slopes.
Regarded as one of the most preferred hills of Shimla, the Summer Hill, which also has its own railway station on the KSR (Kalka Shimla Railway) toy train line by the same name, is home to the Himachal Pradesh University.
In this way, it can be justly said that Jakhoo and Summer Hill are counted among the top tourist spots in Shimla. In case of being willing to explore these breathtaking hills, you can book Himachal Holiday Packages from Delhi. Being affordable to the budget for all types of people, all of these Best Shimla Tour Packages with Volvo are available at ARV Holidays, one of the leading tour and travel operators of India.