Thursday's missed photos from Shimla and Kufri...Jakhoo Temple...


This giant 108-feet-high idol of Hanuman was unveiled at Jakhoo Hanuman temple in Shimla on November 4, 2010.
"Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, India dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman. It is situated on Jakhoo Hill, Shimla's highest peak, 2.5 km east of the Ridge at a height of 2,455 m above sea level. Each year, a festival is held on Dussehra. Before 1972 the festival was held at Annadale.  

According to the Ramayana, Hanuman stopped at the location to rest while searching for the Sanjivni Booti to revive Lakshmana. A giant 108-feet-high idol of Hanuman was unveiled at Jakhoo Hanuman temple on 4 November 2010. 
At 108 feet, it surpasses the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which measures at 98 feet, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The cost of construction was Rs 1.5 crores (US $209,711.31). The public unveiling was officiated by Abhishek Bachchan. The temple is accessible by foot, horse, taxi or rope way. 

The great statue of Hanuman is larger than Christ the Redeemer in Rio.
The Jakhu Ropeway is an aerial lift that links a point near the centre of Shimla to the temple. It was developed by Jagson International Limited and opened in 2017."

We realized, based on my computer crash and a poor Wi-Fi signal in Shimla, our posts are a little out of sequential order. Now that we have a better signal in Amritsar, we'll attempt to get a caught up as much as possible.

With all we'd experienced on the Maharajas Express, it could take several more weeks to get caught up. With the lack of time with so many daily activities and again a weak signal on the train, we've yet to share many important and interesting experiences from the past few weeks.

The grounds at the temple are neatly kept but surrounded by monkeys. Tom had to wait in the car since monkeys in this area are known to tear glasses and sunglasses off the faces of visitors. Since Tom can't see without his glasses, it made no sense for him to join me and Prince on the tour.
Over this next 47 days of touring in India, we'll occasionally have an opportunity to share some of these missed events, all of which is important to us to have documented along with sharing it with all of you.

At our next location in Varanasi, my new Chromebook will be awaiting me when we arrive on Monday (on a flight from Amritsar). It will take a few days to set everything up which I will do in between our arranged tours. But, I'm confident it will all work out.


The exterior of the steep walkway to the statue. I stayed behind and batted off the monkeys while Prince made the hike to take the photos of the statue.
On Thursday morning, our guide Prince, picked us up at the Radisson Hotel Shimla for a day's outing. The plan was to drive the the mountain town of Kufri to check out the scenery and head back to Shimla or more sites.

The drive to Kufri was again on treacherous mountain roads filled with trucks, motorbikes and cars all honking their horns simultaneously. Following any expected passing courtesies was out of the question. Everyone just took crazy chances.


There were monkeys everywhere at the Jakhoo Temple, most likely waiting for possible tidbits of food from tourists.
Prince, our highly competent driver, made us both feel as much at ease as possible under the circumstances. What a wild ride! That's India, for you! One exciting moment after another while not only driving on the narrows road but also when walking.

Kufri was relatively uneventful other than the drive, with the exception of a few scenic overlook spots. We enjoyed people watching along the way as well as seeing the surprising amount of snow.
Even newer buildings maintain the integrity of the varying cultures of India.
On the return drive, we stopped to visit the above mentioned Jakhoo Temple and a few other temples in Shimla. As the day came to an end, we were happy to return to our hotel, freshen up and head to dinner in the restaurant. 

We'd both found items on the menu that appealed to us but nothing as spectacular as last night's dinner here at the Ramada in Amritsar. Most certainly, we'll have these same meals this evening, again with no cocktails since they are forbidden anywhere near the Golden Temple. 
The roads on the way to Kufri often included shops with colorful items for sale.
But the lack of a glass of wine or cocktail with dinner was a small sacrifice based on that wonderful meal shown in yesterday's post here. Tom equally enjoyed his chicken fried rice.

We are looking forward to sharing tomorrow's post after an indescribable day of touring here in Amritsar and tonight's special ceremony taking place at the India/Pakistan border. Wow. That's exciting! We'll be back!!
Happy day to all!

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