What I liked best about the Radisson hotel, aside from its luxury services was its proximity to tourist spots in Shimla. We were able to plan well, and cover good ground each day since we did not have to venture too far from the hotel. Most of what we wanted to see was a reasonable distance, making it easier to get back to our rooms and more importantly, stay out later in the evening to explore new places. The day after our arrival at the Radisson, we headed out to the Jakhoo temple, 2.5 km east of the Ridge. This temple is famous for multiple reasons. It houses the largest Hanuman Statue in the country, is fittingly protected by an army of monkeys and it situated 2,455 meters above sea level, nestled in verdant forest, a breathtaking scenery. I got great shots of the simple, rustic temple with the deodars in the background. The climb to the temple was steep, but refreshing, a slight chill in the air and bright, golden rays of the sun lighting up our way. A spectacular sight for the city bred!
At the entrance to the temple were troops of monkeys guarding the premises, stationed by their King according to legend. This temple on Jakhoo peak is believed to be a sacred site where Lord Hanuman stopped to rest, after he made his legendary trip to save Lord Laxman with the Sanjivni Booti plant. According to legend, Lord Hanuman, after having saved Lord Ram's younger brother, Laxman, made a return journey to place the mountain containing the sacred herb back at its original site. He took a breather at the Jakhoo hill, which was flattened by the combined weight of the Lord and the mountain he was carrying. The temple, by itself a small, non-imposing structure, is purported to be built on the site of his giant footprint. This is a religious and holy site, revered by devotees of the Lord world over.
We offered our prayers and clicked a few photographs for memories of this beautiful temple. While I love every picture I click, infusing it with passion and character, I have to admit that no photograph can do justice to this magnificent temple site. After a quick halt at the canteen for a few refreshments, we made our way with excitement to our next destination, a spot of immense historical interest - the Rashtrapati Niwas.