Known for their architectural charms, the stone temples of Hatkoti are true masterpiece. They are dedicated to goddess Mahishasurmardinian, the incarnation of goddess Durga. The Hatkoti temples are located in Rohru, situated a few km from the stunning hill station of Shimla. The history of the ancient Hatkoti temples goes back to the period between the sixth to the ninth century, the Gupta period in Indian history. The temples showcase the unmatched architecture of that era. The shrine houses a stunning idol of the goddess made of bronze. The idol shows the goddess with ten arms, riding a lion, carrying weapons (and a lotus flower) and slaying the demon Mahishasura. There is an inscription on both the sides of the idol, which no one has been able to decode so far.
The temple complex is home to two temples: one main temple dedicated to goddess Durga and the other small temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Do check out the wood carvings in the Shiva temple. The temple complex also has some conical stone establishments where grains are kept. Other structures in the temple complex are a kirtan ghar and a rest house. It is said that at one point of time the Pandavas lived here for sometime. A fair is held at the temple every year in the month of April. During the fair, the devotees offer rice and homegrown walnuts to the Goddess Durga. It is believed that these offerings please the Devi.
Once the abode of the kings, Jubbal is a wonderful place located 20 km from Hatkoti temples. Jubbal is known for its stunning palace, which was designed by a French architect in the year 1930. Its architecture is a magnificent blend of the European and Indian styles. The palace is also visited for its apple orchards.
If you are inclined towards adventure, especially skiing, then let yourself loose on the? sport at an upcoming skiing destination called Khara Patther. It is located on the way to Hatkoti temples.