Cocooned in the laps of nature, overshadowed by the Dhauladhar ranges with a beautiful view of the hilltops, is the small plateau of Khajjiar, The Mini Switzerland of India.
The picture is of a signboard installed by the Vice-chancellor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland during his 1992 visit. That was when he remarked Khajjiar’s resemblance with the ecosystem and beauty of Switzerland and hence giving it the title of Mini Switzerland.
The picture says that the Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh and bears the exact distance of the Swiss capital, Bern from Khajjiar which is 6194 km.
The vast stretch of green lands, with a lake, placed right in the middle of it. The meadow ends with your eyes trailing to the roots of the dense deodar forest climbing the slopes of the mountains which so tenderly folds Khajjiar in its laps, and makes it one with the Dhauladhar Ranges. Your time in Khajjiar will seem to pass away in a blink of your eyes given the number of adventure activities in Khajjiar grounds.
The surroundings offer a very pleasant and quiet atmosphere for people who want to unwind and relax, seep in the fragrance of nature and find peace within them. Khajjiar is one of the best travel destination for couples.
The slopes around the Khajjiar ground offers an immensely serene hiking and walking experience, with the birds chirping and tiny animals making their way through in between of the trees. The chill in the air even in the summers makes it a happy experience and one of the best ways to explore the villages on all sides of the Khajjiar ground.
Tiny Himachal hamlets welcome you on these slopes, with tiny wooden cottages. The villages are beautiful and make you forget about all the mess and commotion back home, you forget that there ever was and will be a place as relaxing as this. And if you are lucky enough and have arrived on the right time you might as well have a once in a lifetime experience of plucking freshly ripe apples from the apple orchards which surround the villages.
The villagers are warm and welcoming people; they are willing to strike a conversation and seem to easily understand Hindi. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself munching a crispy apple, inside one of these wooden cottages, indulged in a very interesting conversation and making plans of an authentic Himachali dinner for the night.
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Things to do in Khajjiar:
The Khajjiar grounds have become a famous spot for relaxing getaways for people in the Northern parts of India and also a must visit if you happen to be in Dalhousie. The distance between Dalhousie to Khajjiar is 22.1 Km. The popularity, constant number of people visiting has led to Khajjiar being introduced to other interesting recreational activities like Horse riding, Zorbing, Trekking. Khajjiar is one of the best place for Paragliding.
While horses have always been a means of transport in the Hilly areas of the country, carrying people and cargo paths that were difficult to pass. Now, this essential transport option has become a popular tourist activity with its popularity increasing in each and every tourist destination.
Zorbing, on the other hand, is a rather new and interesting attraction introduced in some of the lowland hill stations which is exactly kind of environment that zorbing requires. You enter a big transparent plastic ball called an orb and gently roll down the hill. Some people even walk inside it making its pace faster or slower according to their own speed.
It honestly feels like the world goes round and no matter how much you scream during, you will only want more once you are done!! The kids are going to love it, you are going to love it, and everybody is going to love it. Heck, it’s rolling down a hill in a ball, what is there not to love about it??
Paragliding, gliding with an instructor obviously!! Another famous activity made famous in the Khajjiar region is Paragliding, in a parachute-like wing; you glide in the wind above the ground, enjoying a birds eye view of the whole Khajjiar ground!!
Places to visit in Khajjiar:
While we talk about all the things in and around the Khajjiar ground, the locals recommend a necessary visit to the Khajji Nag temple. Khajji nag, a must see place in Khajjiar situated in the ground and are one of the first things you notice when entering the Khajjiar grounds.
The temple is dedicated to Khajji nag, who is the lord of the serpents. A local belief says that the Lord Khajji nag still resides in the lake beside it. A fact, on the other hand, is that this temple and the whole region of Khajjiar was an active part of the ancient Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.
The insides of the temple have idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Haddimba, also has hanging images of the Kauravas with the defeated Pandavas. Another interesting fact is that Khajjiar has some unique trees with multiple shots, one particular tree with 6 shots which is considered as the tree of the Pandavas, five shots for the Five Pandavas and the last one for Draupadi. Also, Kheerganga one of the best spot for trekking and camping near Khajjiar.
A visit to Khajjiar also entitles a visit to the Kalatop sanctuary, which falls between Dalhousie and Khajjiar. Dalhousie weather will be pleasant during summer and winter. Famous for Leopards, black bears, jackals, wild cats and the Himalayan black marten the sanctuary also has some varieties of birds.
Other Places to visit near Khajjiar:
- Khajjiar lake.
- Dainkund peak.
- Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.
- Kalatop wildlife sanctuary.
Best time to visit Khajjiar:
The summers (April to June) are pleasant and the winters (October to March), it’s the snowfall time in Khajjiar. The beauty is however incomparable to seasons, the lake placed right in the middle of the snowy carpet makes it a magical experience no matter what. The Best Months to visit Khajjiar is from April to August. Monsoon( July to September) is the best season to witness the “Indian avatar of Switzerland”.
How to reach Khajjiar:
Khajjiar is easily accessible from all the station and airports nearby. It is 24kms from Dalhousie, with roads that lead up to the main ground itself.
Best Places to stay in Khajjiar:
The list of Top Khajjiar hotels:
- Shinning star resort.
- Noton top mystic village.
- Deodar Manor.
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