Khajjiar in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh is nestled at 6500 feet, amid dense pine forests and surrounding mountain ranges. Shaped like a saucer, it is an exquisite hill station of great beauty. Blessed with tranquil charm and natural beauty, the hill station has resemblance to Switzerland and is one of the 160 locales in the world to be blessed. The 'Mini Switzerland' of India spellbinds you. Trekking, relaxation and pampering in the bliss of mountains lure you to Khajjiar.
Whether traveling in a group or with your family and friends, a holiday in Khajjiar one of the cherished experiences of your life. Spend a Swiss Vacation in India.
The history of Khajjiar dates back to the rulers of Chamba. The local Rajput rulers ruled Chamba valley in the 6th century and Khajjiar made it their capital city. Later the region was annexed by the Mughal Empire and Sikh kingdoms. Finally, it was under the British Raj. It became a part of the state of Himachal Pradesh on April 15, 1948.
On 7 July 1992, Mr. Willy T. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India put Khajjiar on the world tourism map by naming it "Mini Switzerland". A sign board of a yellow Swiss hiking footpath shows Khajjiar distance from the Swiss capital Bern which is 6194 km. A stone was also taken to the Swiss Parliament to title Khajjiar as a Mini Switzerland of India.
Attractions in Khajjiar
The Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is situated at a height of 6500 feet and is bestowed with natural beauty and pleasant climate. Vast green meadows, dense forests overshadowed by landscape of magnificent snow-clad Himalayan peaks make Khajjiar a popular tourist destination.
Popular attractions in Khajjiar are listed below:
Khajjiar Lake and Ground
The Khajjiar Lake is a main crowd-puller in this hill town. Nurtured by several mountain streams, the beautiful lake occupies the major expanse of Khajjiar. The place derives its name from Khajjinag, the holy deity of the hill getaway. The Khajjiar Ground is located at an elevation of 1950 m above the sea level and perfect for picnic, thrilling sport of zorbing.
Golden Devi Temple
The Golden Devi temple is a popular tourist attraction in Khajjiar. The temple has a golden spire, a majestic sight to see. The ambiance is also blessed by divine.
Khajji Nag Temple
The Khajji Nag Temple is a short distance from the Khajjiar Lake. The wood-carved sanctum is a wonderful aspect of the ancient temple. Marvel at the pictures of the Mahabharata, highlighting Pandavas and Kauravas. The temple's history dates back to the 12th century AD.
Kalatope Khajjiar Sanctuary
Surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, the Kalatope Khajjiar Sanctuary forests is spread over an area of around 19.63 sq km. Some animal species inhabiting the sanctuary include pheasants, deer, barking goral, jackal, Himalayan black marten, serow and black bear among many others. Spend time in the blissful environs.
Nine Hole Golf Course
The nine-hole golf course in Khajjiar is a wonderful attraction. Enjoy the leisure sport in the scenic landscape.
Kailash View and Horse Riding
A wonderful tourist attraction, Kailash View and Horse riding is a place to definitely visit in Khajjiar. Horse riding is enjoyable and fun, also the horses are well trained and patiently lets you experience the thrill.
Khajjiar is known for the numerous thrilling trekking opportunities. The trek from Khajjiar to Dainkund is a 3.5 km easy to moderate one. This trek with a clear trail with a moderate climb excellent for beginners and children. Enjoy the brilliant views of the surroundings. Stop at the beautiful camping site at the end of the trail. Away from the chaos of cities, revel in the natural beauty.
Places to visit around Khajjiar
There are also numerous other alluring places to visit around Khajjiar.
Chamba, founded by Raja Varman is a beautiful place to explore. The town named after the royal princess Champavati, is located in the midst of the Shivalik ranges. It is famous for its temples. The architecture of the temples is stunning and unique. Sui Mata and Minjar festivals are the major draw to the hill town. Visit the place for its serene and verdant ambiance.
The hill station of Dalhousie is located 22 km from Khajjiar. The popular summer destination lies in the lap of lower Himalayan ranges. Founded in 1854 by the British Viceroy Lord Dalhousie, it was the delightful summer retreat for the British colonialists. The relics of the bygone era are charming to explore. The beautiful scenery is spell-binding. The highlights of the town are the ancient temples, pristine beauty of which gives it the sobriquet of the valley of milk, honey and streams.
Khajjiar is a scenic hill station drawing visitors in huge numbers throughout the year. HP Tourism own and run a hotel and some cottages at Khajjiar. There are also two rest houses one each of P.W.D. and Forest Department. New private hotels have also come up to cater the growing need of visitors. There are numerous scenic and comfortable lodgings in Khajjiar.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to Khajjiar is at Jammu. The Jammu airport is located around 200 km away from Khajjiar. Taxis, buses and other private vehicles are available for the hill town from the air terminal.
The nearest railway station to Khajjiar is at Pathankot or ChakkiBan. Both railheads are located at a distance of 80 km. Both these stations are also well-connected to Khajjiar by frequent taxis, buses and other transport.
Khajjiar is well-connected to major cities of India by road. Cities such as Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi and Manali are linked by a network of well- maintained roads. Reaching Khajjiar by road is one of the easiest ways of reaching the town. Luxury coaches, state owned buses, taxis and private vehicles are accessible to reach the town by road.
Best time to visit
Khajjiar known as the “Switzerland of India” is blessed with similar climate. You can visit anytime round the year; but the best time to visit Khajjiar is from March till October. Weather during summers are mild. The days are sunny and nights are cold and pleasant. Khajjiar receives moderate rainfall in monsoons. Winter is the best time to visit for the snow-lovers. During this season the area is strewn with snow.