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Zorbing In Khajjiar - An Adventure Of A Lifetime

Zorbing is a simple yet exciting activity that is gaining extreme popularity amongst tourists in India. All you have to do is to slide inside a gigantic plastic ball known as zorb and then this ball is rolled downhill after ensuring that the adventurer is safe inside it. Zorbing is a sport that requires at least 100 meters of land to fully enjoy the activity. Tourists of all ages including kids, youngsters, and adults can be witnessed enjoying this activity in Khajjiar. On your trip to Khajjiar, do not forget to indulge in this fun activity as it is something very unique, exciting, and unforgettable, and at the same time, not scary or risky at all.

In an attempt to escape from the city’s scorching, blazing, summer sun, thousands of tourists wind up in the misty hills of Himachal Pradesh every year. If you are someone who plays it safe, then maybe you would like Shimla more than McLeodganj, which is to be expected to be filled with the crowds. However, if you seriously want to get as far away from the maddening crowds and heat as possible, then a place like Khajjiar will suit you best.

Khajjiar - The Mini Switzerland of India

Khajjiar

Dreaming of a vacation in Switzerland but have a low budget? Then worry not! Because our very own Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh is no less than Switzerland and sometimes also deemed as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India. 

A small Himalayan hamlet, Khajjiar is situated in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, and its topographical resemblance to that of Switzerland. Also popular as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India, Khajjiar is surrounded by pine forests, deodar, and fir climbing up the hills to meet the powdery white snow. With lush green pastures, rolling meadows, and a stream-fed lake, Khajjiar also boasts the snow-topped Dhauladhar peaks at the backdrop which brews up the magic. 

In 1992 the Swiss Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland, Willy P.Blazer called it the ‘Mini Switzerland’, and since then Khajjiar has found its place on the world tourism map. A small signboard on a yellow-colored Swiss hiking footpath indicates the distance between Khajjiar and Berne, the capital of Switzerland.

The scenery of Khajjiar has been a favorite shooting spot of Bollywood. From Vishal Bhardwaj’s Pankaj Kapoor starer movie ‘The Blue Umbrella based on Ruskin Bond’s novel and Sonakshi-Ranveer starer, ‘Looter’ to Kajol-Shahrukh starer ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, all of them were shot in Khajjiar that made it even more popular amongst tourists. There are a few cottages owned by Forest Department, PWD, and Himachal Pradesh Tourism which are quite cozy but require pre-booking for accommodation. Many privately owned cottages and homestays are also available with basic amenities.

Also Read: 12 Beautiful Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh For Best Hill Vacation

Zorbing In Khajjiar

The travel experts from Adotrip took the trip with the sole purpose of zorbing away till their heads spun brutally. The idea of getting into a huge ball. Rolling down a green landscape right into the picturesque lake in the middle of the valley seemed oddly satisfying to them.

The road from Dalhousie towards Khajjiar was one of the prettiest stretches in Himachal Pradesh. The woody whiff of pine cones, the swaying cedars on both sides of the road, and the crooked patches of mellow and soft sunshine on the windscreen could bring the poets out of hardened crooks. 

Surrounded by a deep, dark, and lovely deodar forest, Khajjiar is an incredibly beautiful green basin, as the most basic Google searches would show you. Set in the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhar range, the serene walking trails of Khajjiar are super famous amongst adventurers and trekking enthusiasts.

Spread rapidly all over the globe, Zorbing first started in New Zealand. At Khajjiar, you can see many adventure seekers lined up for a mind-blowing zorbing experience. Here, you can roll across the sloping landscape and into the serene lake. Both solo or group zorbing experience options are available. Roll down the hills, float over the water, and scream your lungs out.

The Khajjiar Lake

Surrounded by saucer-shaped lush green pasture, the Khajjiar Lake is a small water body with a floating island, filled with weeds. If you are a daredevil kind of traveler then you can indulge in sports like zorbing, paragliding, and horse riding around the lake. You can also dress up in common traditional Himachali clothes to get photographed.

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary

Spread around 31 square kilometers, Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is part of Khajjiar which is a humble abode to Himalayan black bear, leopard, jackal, deer, wild cat, Himalayan marten, and serow. Amidst a dense forest of deodar, fir, blue pine, and oak, The sanctuary has well laid out trekking trails. There are a few Forest Rest Houses and wooden cottages for accommodation. One has to pre-book the cottages if one wants to spend a few nights.

Best Time To Visit Khajjiar

Though it can be visited any time of the year, the best time to visit Khajjiar is during the spring and autumn months as the colorful flowers bloom all around or during the winter months when there is white powdery snow everywhere. Tumbling down the snowy slopes of Khajjiar, with family or friends is going to be a lifelong memory.

How To Reach Khajjiar

By Air

Gaggal in Dharamshala is the nearest airbase to Khajjiar, which is 120 km away. A taxi or other local transport facility to reach Khajjiar are easily accessible from there. The airport is well connected to all major parts of the country hence, reaching here by airways is not a problem.

By Road

Khajjiar is well connected by a network of roads and regular buses are easily available from here. You can even drive all by yourself to reach here. In either case, you have to cover nearly 580, 1900, 2000, and 2700km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.  

By Train

Pathankot is the nearest railhead to Khajjiar, which is about an hour away from your destination. Several trains run to and fro from Delhi, Bathinda, and Chandigarh. To cover the remaining distance, one can take a taxi, or a bus to reach Khajjiar.

Feeling like packing your bags, reach Khajjiar, and roll down the hills in a zorb right now? Reach Adotrip which can help you Zorbing in Khajjiar in no time! Also, you can book the cheapest flight tickets, hotels, and tour packages. With us, nothing is far!

--- Published By  Vineet Gupta