Perched amidst the beauty of exalted peaks and incandescent grasslands, this mystic holiday destination would unanimously be everyone’s much-loved pleasure, if only they are informed about it. During a time when the holiday bells are clanging, the perfect way to salvage your inner self is to set out on a vacation to explore some of the best unexplored places in India. Among the best offbeat places in India is Khajjiar which is famous as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’. It is a serene, beautiful and sleepy hill town near Dalhousie, that’s thronged with lakes, hills, meadows just like you find in Bollywood movies. Apart from debauching in the calm and quiet mystery of the majestic yet underrated hill town, visitors may even participate in different adventure sports like horse-riding, paragliding, trekking etc.
Unwinding the magnetic and enticing appearance of Khajjiar
Khajjiar is a hot spot which charms the Dhauladhar range of Western Himalayas and thrives at a height of 6500 feet above the sea level. It dwells on a very small plateau beside a stream-fed lake. Visitors interested in Khajjiar could reach in an hour from Dalhousie and hence it’s best accessible from this place. Khajjiar is indeed one of its kinds due to the unique and unlikely contrivance of the ecosystem: pasture, lake and forest!
Due to its topographical kinship with Switzerland, Khajjiar was revered as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India by Mr. Willy T. Blazer in the year 1992, the then Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India. The easiest mode of reaching Khajjiar is through a private vehicle as you can hover around as per your wish. The bus timings are usually subject to change and hence a visitor wouldn’t come to know about the exact timings.
Enroute Khajjiar – A guide to the things to do here
Khajjiar is well-known as one among the 160 locations in the entire world which bear a striking resemblance to Switzerland. Here are some things to do and places to visit here.
- Khajjiar Lake: This lake is stationed in Khajjiar, district of Chamba in HP. The lake stands 1920m above the sea level between Chamba town and Dalhousie and is located amidst a beaming landscape with mighty cedar trees surrounding it from all sides. Hajji Nag, the popular temple nearby gives its name to this lake.
- Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is home to a wide array of flora and fauna. You can even spot Himalayan Black Marten, deer, langur, leopard, bear, jackal, Barking Goral and several other beautiful birds.
- Khajji Nag Temple: This temple was built in 12 Century AD and is deemed as one of the holiest temples in HP. The ‘mandapa’ inside is home to images of Kauravas along with the defeated Pandavas. The Khajji Nag temple is dedicated to the Lord of Serpents, Khajji Nag.
- Khajjiar Trek: The Khajjiar trek is a stretch of land through the green landscapes of Deodar and Pine trees bestrewn with streams. The trek is a stretch of 14 kms and the views and sceneries are simply breathtaking.
- View of Kailash: When you stand tall on the Khajjiar Ground, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of the deified Mt. Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva.
- The statue of Lord Shiva: The benevolent statue of Lord Shiva, which rises up to 85 ft is one of the tallest statues in Himachal Pradesh. Polished in bronze, the sight of this shimmering statue will surely be etched in your memory.
- Tibetan Handicrafts center: Finally, if you’re looking for some souvenirs and gifts to take for your family and friends, you can find some really decent ones in the Tibetan Handicrafts center.
Book yourself a hotel in Khajjiar
So, are you intrigued by the beauty of Khajjiar? If yes, you will probably be looking for some hotels to book yourself. Royal Residency, Mini Swiss, Shining Star Resort, Hotel Nature Joint, Deodar Manor are some of the names, to name a few.
Best time to visit Khajjiar
Himachal Pradesh is a year-round holiday destination. Nevertheless here is a seasonal break-up.
- March to June is a popular tourist season with a quite pleasant weather, perfect for outdoor activities.
- July to September is not the peak season due to heavy rainfall and intermittent landslides.
- October to February is a popular season for people who love snow.
Khajjiar is almost like a panoramic stairway to heaven. If you’re interested in a fancy vacation, Khajjiar is not the right spot for you but if you’re looking forward to get close with nature, away from the monotony of routine life, this could be your ultimate call.