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Zorbing In Khajjiar - An Adventure Of A Lifetime

Zorbing is a simple yet exciting activity gaining extreme popularity amongst tourists in India. All you have to do is to slide inside a gigantic plastic ball known as a 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 enjoy the activity fully. Tourists of all ages, including kids, youngsters, and adults, can be witnessed enjoying this activity in Khajjiar. On your trip to this divine destination, 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- a perfect blend of fun with adventure.

In an attempt to escape from the city’s scorching, blazing summer sun, thousands of tourists visit the misty hills of Himachal Pradesh every year. If you play it safe, then maybe you would like Shimla more than McLeodganj, which is expected to be crowded. 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.

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Khajjiar - The Mini Switzerland Of India

Dreaming of a vacation in Switzerland but budget is a constraint? No worries! Because our very own Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh is no less than Switzerland and is also fondly referred to as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India. 

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

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

The scenery of Khajjiar has been a favourite 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, ‘Lootere’ to Kajol-Shahrukh starer ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,’ all of them were shot in Khajjiar that made it even more popular amongst tourists. A few cottages owned by the Forest Department, PWD, and Himachal Pradesh Tourism 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 to 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 souls.

Khajjiar is an incredibly beautiful green basin, as the most basic Google searches would show you, surrounded by a deep, dark, and lovely deodar forest. 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, 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 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

Khajjiar, a beautiful and stunning destination nestled in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh beckons a large number of tourists every year. The place is well-connected to nearby towns like Dalhousie, Chamba, and many other major cities through different modes of transport. Using any of these options, arrive at Khajjiar and spend some quiet time with friends and loved ones.

Nearest Famous City. Chamba

Nearest Airbase. Gaggal in Dharamshala

Nearest Railhead. Pathankot

Distance from Chamba. 22.6 km

By Air

Gaggal in Dharamshala is the nearest airbase to Khajjiar, 120 km away. A taxi or other local transport facility to reach Khajjiar is 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.

Distance from Gaggal Airport. 109.1 Km

By Train

Pathankot is the nearest railhead to Khajjiar, 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.

Distance from Pathankot Railway Station. 96.1 Km

By Road

A network of roads connects Khajjiar, 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.

Distance from Dalhousie. 24.3 km

Distance from Pathankot. 95.6 km

Distance from Amritsar. 212.1 km

Distance from Delhi. 580 km

Distance from Mumbai. 1980 km

Distance from Kolkata. 2138.2 km

Distance from Bangalore. 2755.1 km

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Zorbing in Khajjiar

Ques 1. Does it snow in Khajjiar?

Ans 1. Yes, it snows heavily in the months of December and January.

Ques 2. Is zorbing safe?

Ans 2. Yes, zorbing is safe, provided it is done under the guidance of trained instructors.

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--- Published By  Vineet Gupta