Stream-fed Khajjiar Lake, rolling verdant meadows, lush forests and a featured plateau on which Khajjiar hill station is located give genuine feeling of Nature taking care of those coming here. All these aspects lead to another deduction- topographic similarity to Switzerland. For this reason, the place is referred to as Mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh, quietude to cherish.
Khajjiar, a part of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh can strike as an epitome of beauty explored, discovered and rediscovered every time one gets to see it. The altitude of 6400 ft (approx. 2000 m) at which this small but serene world-famous cool town is located makes it an appeal in itself.
Some of the Himachal beauties located nearby this wonderland are Dalhousie, Chamba, Kalatope, Jot, Lakkarmandi, etc that could be combined with Khajjiar tour, making vacations more worthy. Ideal for honeymooners, the place is also enjoyed by those seeking some quality time with family and kids along with winter sports enthusiasts who look for a reason to bask in the glory of snow. There are very few fun-activities as much joyful as Khajjiar travel that can provide a peculiar sensation of elation.
Tourist Attractions around Khajjiar
Aspect of faith uniquely distinguishes India from rest of the world and this fact could be studied in places as small as this hill town. Add to that the essence of bliss which is marked by unspoiled presence of Nature and the picture becomes more charming that ever. To get a better understanding, going through the list of attractions is inevitable; so here it is-
Khajji Nag - As the name of the temple suggests prime deity of here is Naga – the Snake God in human incarnation. Located near the small lake, the place of worship is said to date back to 12th century. The depiction inside the temple is inspired from the Mahabharata, where the five Pandava and Kauravas (the cousin at the wrong side of the Dharma) can be seen in images. Carved out of wood, the temple is more appeals devotion and veneration more rather than aesthetics.
Golden Devi – Another attraction while touring Khajjiar is this temple, which is also located near the lake only making it easier for the tourists and devotees to pay their reverence to the deity of this temple with golden dome.
Khajji Lake - Once an important picnic point and Khajjiar tourism attraction, the lake still has maintained some visual charm much to a photographer's delight. Due to the silting over the years of raining, the lake seems to be vanishing. Yet the area of greenery and devotion continues to bring people here.
Dhauladhar Range - The mountain range and its snow-captured peaks are proud onlookers of this hill town. One can enjoy viewing of the place and admire the handy work of divine.
Villages Nearby - Small human settlements nearby like Ladi, Rota, and few other villages enchant the visitors to Khajjiar just as any simple humans of place would.
Panch Pandav Tree - The five Pandavas of Mahabharata seem to be the main characters in the history as well as botany of the place. A tree named after them because of its root divided in five parts (representing each Pandava) also attracts visitors to Khajjiar.
Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary - Easy to reach from both the ends, the sanctuary is a great way to explore natural grandeur, comprised of wildlife protected by the Deodar and Cedar forests.
Nine Hole Golf Course - Corporate professionals who might be missing some aristocratic touch in holidays can make use of their time playing this game. Located near the Golden Devi temple, the ground is a great way to get spoiled by the fun of golfing in a serene hill station.
The enchantment trap laid down by forests of trees unique to these hills in addition to the mountain ranges that surround Khajjiar is not easy to resist and there is no need to do so once it is vacation time. Following nearby places stand tall as a testimony.
Dalhousie - Named after Lord Dalhousie who was the reason for this summer retreat to be developed, this one is a very well known hill town very near to Khajjiar (16 Km away) that could be easily combined with it.
Chamba - Another gem of hill stations in North India, Chamba gets a lot of attention in the peak summers. Clubbing it with Khajjiar comes naturally, with only a distance of 24 Km in between.
Kalatop - Easily reached from Khajjiar only 12.5 Km away, the place is more known for the animal sanctuary, named after the place.
Dharamshala - Farthest from all (slightly more than 120 Km) those mentioned above if it is to be covered from Khajjiar, the place has everything one looks in a hill station to be visited.
Things to do in Khajjiar
Add mild adventure to the Nature walk as well as Dhauladhar range viewing and the combination takes the visitors to the hill destination to a different level of traveling experience. Asking certain activities for fun to be a part of Khajjiar tour packages is not uncommon.
For starters, the place is great for trying horse riding and excelling the art of galloping in hill slopes through the forests. Those who already have enjoyed thrill on the back of the horse and want to try newer adventure activities can add zorbing, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, etc to their list of things to do in Khajjiar.
Rolling down to slopes cages in zorbing ball, hiking up and down the trekking trails, paddling to heart's content and enjoying sports not much tried is best done here.
As with any other place, accommodation is as important to this trip as the sightseeing. Coming to a lousy hotel and room service after a wonderful day of Khajjiar holidays would spoil the entire good mood accumulated over the day. So, enjoying great mornings and glorious evenings are just as important as bathing, resting, rejuvenating and relaxing in proper accommodation. This calls for prior bookings for a free mind rather than reaching to the place and then looking for it. Latter situation has a knack of getting very risky during peak tourist seasons, which is none other than summers.
Some of the names that keep on coming while searching for a comfortable, reliable and according to pocket-size are Royal Residency, Shining Star Resort, Hotel Mini Swiss and Hotel Hritik Palace.
Summers, when experienced in their pleasant best and not in their scorching best form, could only be alpine summers. And that makes April to June the most gratifying times to relish summers of hills when an extra sheet might be needed to enjoy mornings with few more layers of clothing at nights but normal clothing would do for noon-time. Winters on the other hand are chillingly cold, staying from November and February. Monsoons from July to September are heavy, as is the case of most of the hill stations in this region.
Best time to Visit Khajjiar
According to general votes, alpine summer gets the highest points making it the paramount season for the visit, from March to June. For exceptional individuals, who like rain and snow more than any other aspect of Nature, other spells of year might be more appealing though with a little caution, especially if chosen Khajjiar hotel is also cozy.
How to Reach Khajjiar
Air: If air travel is a preference, Gaggal airport in Kangra is the nearest one, 180 Km, to reach Khajjiar and nearby places.
Rail: Pathankot serves as the nearest railway station to here, situated at 120 Km distance, after which taxi could be taken.
Road: Khajjiar could be adventurous in more than one way if to be reached by road. The maps from different nearby places are easily available online but some prior research is good. If journey is to be started from Delhi, distance of 600 Km around poses the first challenge.