Time to visit:
Mon – Sun 10:00AM to 5:00PM
1 day. (suggested)
Oct to March
Nov to Feb
Summer: 32°C – 44°C
Winter: 6°C – 27°C
· Easy Activity
Often referred to as ‘mini-Switzerland of India’, Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists a unique combination of forests, lakes and pastures.
Courtesy: SIDDHYOGA JHEEL
The mesmerising beauty of this place has greatly influenced and inspired many kingdoms throughout the years, including the Rajputs and Mughals. Located at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the natural beauty and picturesque landscape of this place are bound to leave an everlasting impression on a tourist. Khajjiar is known for its nine-hole golf-course which is nestled in the midst of lush greenery and a breathtaking landscape. Khajjiar is a small plateau which also has a small lake which is one of the most favored tourist spots in this town. Khajjiar is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests and it is also known for its beautiful temples. This region also attracts adventure seekers and has a lot of options in adventure sports like paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking etc. Khajjiar is a must visit place for everyone coming to Dalhousie and its nearby regions. However, the way to Khajjiar can be closed sometimes during winters because of heavy snowfall.
Due to its topographical resemblance with Switzerland, Khajjiar is ofter called the’ Mini Switzerland’ of India. This saucer shaped green meadow is engulfed by Deodar trees and has a lake in the middle. On July 7, 1992, Khajjiar was called the ‘mini Switzerland’ by the then Vice-Counsellor and Head of the Chancery of Switzerland in India, Willy Blazer. He also put a sign board which showed the distance between Khajjiar and Swiss capital-Bern. He took a stone from Khajjiar to be installed in the stone collage around the Swiss Parliament to constantly remind people of Khajjiar as the ‘Mini Switzerland’.
The choices for food and cuisines here is not exactly elaborate and options tend to be limited. There are just a few restaurants here that serve Indian food. The hotels, resorts and lodges usually have more variety. Other than these one can try the noodles and soup that a number of street joints here, serve and are said to be quite popular.
Day 1- Proceed to Khajjiar from Dalhousie. Enroute visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Reach Khajjiar and visit the famous Khajjiar lake and the lush green ground. Visit the Golden Devi temple next.
Day 2- Visit the famous Khajji Nag temple, known to be one of the holiest temples of Himachal Pradesh. Have lunch and head back to Dalhousie.
Summers in Khajjiar is mild; the temperature is warm yet pleasant and sunny enough, not to hinder your exploration plans – an ideal season for touring Khajjiar. The days are warm and bright, and the nights are long and cold. It is a good time for all the adventure activities, and sightseeing proves to be a profitable option. However, make sure to keep an eye out for the availability of hotels, as Khajjiar is flocked by tourists this time of the year. The hotels get booked at lightning speed, so it is recommended that you make your accommodation arrangements in advance, to be on the safe side.
Khajjiar becomes very beautiful during monsoons and hence, the best time to visit. It is, in fact, during these months when you witness this ‘Indian avatar of Switzerland’ in its full glory. Even though the rain makes Khajjiar more alive, it does not pose any substantial terrestrial hazard. The flowing streams rejuvenate the beauty of Khajjiar, which is a common feature in most of the alluring tourist destinations. The possibilities of trekking, horse riding, paragliding and boating during monsoons make Khajjiar amazingly popular among the tourists.
Khajjiar, as most hill stations, gets severely cold during winters. If you love snow, then Khajjiar is perfect for you in winters. The temperature drops below zero during these months, and that is when you get to experience the magical snowfall. It acts as a consolation for the harsh cold weather outside. Maybe that is the reason why Khajjiar is not popular among the wanderlust travellers, as it is in summer. Khajjiar is ideal for couples and honeymooners during winters.
How to reach Khajjiar by flight
Khajjiar does not have any airport. The nearest airport is in Dharamshala called the Gaggal airport, at a distance of about 120 km. Taxis and buses are easily available from the airport to Khajjiar.
Nearest Airport: Jammu – 114 kms from Khajjiar
How to reach Khajjiar by road
Khajjiar is very well connected by road to all the important towns of Himachal Pradesh including Dalhousie, Shimla and Chamba. State-owned and private buses ply on the route. Alternatively, you can drive from these towns to Khajjiar.
How to reach Khajjiar by train
The nearest railway station is located at a distance of about 118 km in Pathankot. Trains from Delhi, Bhatinda and Chandigarh are available till Pathankot. Taxis can be hired to complete the journey till Khajjiar.
Local transport in Khajjiar
It is a small area and walking is the best way to get around.
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