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September 09,2019


Jakhu Hill 

2 km., height 2,455 meters. This is the highest peak of Shimla and offers panoramic view of the town and the mountains. ‘HANUMAN TEMPLE OF JAKJU’ is very famous. According to legend, Hanumanji took rest here when he was carrying a hill of ‘sanjiwani booti’ (a herb to save the life of Lakshmana, the younger brother of Lord Rama). during the formal battle between lord Rama and Ravana the king of Lanka. Replete with history and architectural charm there are several houses along the steep 1.5 km climb from the Ridge. This includes ‘Rhothney Castle’ the residence of the celebrated ornithologist and founder of the Indian National Congress, A.O. Hume.

On 4th November 2011, the famous Jakhu temple became the site for the tallest idol of Lord Hanuman in the world at a height of 8,500 feet. The Jakhu temple is a famous shrine where devotees make a beeline but now there another is a famous shrine were devotees make a beeline but now there another is attraction in the form of tallest hanuman idol in the world. Mr. H.C Nanda Chairman Nanda trust had undertook the task of raising 108 foot tall Hanuman Idol in the temple.

The 108 foot tall idol was set up at a cost of Rs. 1.50 crore. The work started on Hanuman Jayanti an October 2008. The idol has been made by Naresh Kumar, hailing from a family of sculptors from Pilani in Rajasthan with the help of 40 workers. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Abhishek Bachchan and his sister Sweta Bachchan Nanda.

Viceregal Lodge (Indian Institute of Advance Studies) 

The institute is housed in the erstwhile Vive regal Lodge which was built in 1884-88 during the period of Lord Dufferin. It is a commanding building in Summer Hill. The gardens of the Institute are really beautiful and fascinating. It was designed by Henry Twain.

The main architect of this stately structure built in the n1eo-Gothic style, with elements of Scottish Baronial architecture, was Henry Irwin. Spread over 123 acres, it is built in blue-grey stone masonry with tiled-pitch roofing. The main block has three stores and the kitchen wing five. It is a witness to many events that shaped the history and the kitchen wing five. It is a witness to many events that shaped the history of India. It was the venue for the Shimla Conference in 1945. In 1947, thee decision on the Partition of India and carving out West and East Pakistan was taken here. After Independence, it became the property of the President of India and was renamed Rashtrapati Niwas. Now, it houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) where research scholars and fellows from all over the world come in pursuit of academic quest. It has an excellent library and is under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

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