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Khajjiar an exotic destination offering a unique experience with every view. This mini Switzerland of Himachal is situated in the Chamba district which is 24km away from Dalhousie. Tourists come to Khajjiar to explore the raw cinematic beauty of nature in hills and have the adventure of a lifetime. This scenic spot is surrounded by beautiful cedar forests that are home to a diverse flora, and fauna. The Khajji Nag temple, in particular, has a unique relevance in the hill station. This temple is dedicated to a serpent god, as spooky as it may sound, the temple is a fascinating place to explore.

History of Khajjiar 

Khajjiar hill station is 2000meters above the sea level. Historians claim that the entire Chamba Valley was ruled by Rajput rulers during the 6th century, The rulers declared Khajjiar their capital. Later during the medieval times, the region was ruled by Mughal emperors, Sikh rulers and ultimately by Britishers till India gained independence.   

In the year 1992, the vice counselor of Switzerland in India, Mr. Willy T Blazer brought Khajjiar to the limelight by calling it ‘Mini Switzerland’. Legends have it that Mr. Willy Blazer also took a stone from Khajjiar and placed it in a stone collage outside the Swiss Parliament as an honorary gesture to the beauty of Khajjiar. Ever since then Khajjiar developed as a tourist spot and today is one of the most visited places in Himachal Pradesh.  

Besides its natural beauty, Khajjiar is also famous for various adventure sports like trekking, camping, paragliding, horse riding, and zorbing. Tourists from across the country and globe arrive here to admire the beauty of the hill station and relax in its serene ambiance.   

Popular Places to Visit in Khajjiar

Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar is a place that is full of some of the most iconic and fun places to travel to. And one among them is Khajjiar lake. The green landscapes around the lake offer mesmerizing views making you want to stay here forever.

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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kalatop wildlife sanctuary is definitely a place worth traveling. Better known for its conservation efforts, the sanctuary is home to all sorts of animal species-pheasants, serow, black bear and the famed Himalayan Griffon an endangered vulture species native to the Himalayan region. It is one of the largest and heaviest birds found in the region. The wingspan of this bird of prey can range up to 8-10 feet. The dense deodars and the forest covers an area of about 19.63 square km. A visit here could be one of the most memorable trips of your life.

The Lord Shiva Statue

The Lord Shiva statue is one of the most phenomenal tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh. 85ft in length, the statue is one of the tallest in the state. A glance at this polished bronze exterior glistening in the sun is a humbling experience.

Khajji Naag Temple 

This 12th-century temple is located on the banks of Khajjiar lake. The temple is dedicated to the serpent god and its structure is an architectural fusion of the Hindu and the Mughal style. Idols of Lord Shiva, Goddess Hidimba, snakes and intricate wood carvings on the walls are major highlights of the temple.    

Things to do in Khajjiar

Get adventurous in Khajjiar 

Who wouldn’t want to feel the wind in their faces riding in a horse like Butch Cassidy or Man with no name straight out of a Sergio Leone movie? Definitely, worth a try, we say! Tourists can enjoy horse riding, trekking, and many other adventure sports in Khajjiar.  

Enjoy Paragliding & Zorbing

We all love a little adrenaline rush, don’t we? For all those adventure enthusiasts who dream of having wings, soaring in the air must try Paragliding and Zorbing in Khajjiar. These two popular adventure options to go for with when it comes to indulging yourself with amazing and lively activities. 

Visit Golden Devi Temple

The Golden Devi temple sits by the side of the Khajjiar Lake. Absorbing all the beautiful vistas by the lake, the golden spire adorns the temple grounds. One of the most eclectic tourist destinations, it is best suited for a visit with family and friends.

Events and festivals in & around Khajjiar

Kasol Music Festival

The Himalayas are a paradise for travelers. Kasol music festival is just another way of experiencing the undaunting Himalayan vibes. A great number of people and tourists attend this festival. Read More

Minjar Fair

There is something so puristic and ritualistic about this fair. It brings all of Chamba together in a colorful milieu of people and culture. Held every year in July and August at the Chowgan playground near Kishtwar, it is a beautiful sight to witness the locals gather in a spirit of merriment. Read More

Best time to visit Khajjiar

The best time to visit Khajjiar is in summer between March to June. During this time the climate is pleasant. Planning a visit in winters is not a great idea because at times roads get blocked due to heavy snowfall and the climate is too chilly to travel and explore the hill station.   

How to reach Khajjiar 

By Air. The nearest airport is Gaggal in Dharamshala, which is 120 km away from Khajjiar. It is easy to get a taxi or other local transport facility to reach Khajjiar from there. The airport receives flights from all parts of the country hence reaching here by airways is not a problem. 

By Road. Khajjiar is well connected by roads and regular bus service is available from here. You can even go for a self-drive. In either case, one has to cover nearly 580, 1900, 2000, and 2700km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.  

By Train. The nearest railway station is Pathankot, which is about an hour away from Khajjiar. There are regular trains available from Delhi, Bathinda, and Chandigarh. From the station, one can take a taxi, or a bus to reach Khajjiar.  

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