Khajjiar – The Mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh

KhajjiarKhajjiar is often called the Mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh and was officially baptized thus by the Swiss Ambassador on July 7, 1992. Khajjiar is in fact one of the few places in the world to have 3 eco systems – lake, pasture and forest, all in one place. Khajjiar is also famous for the 12th-century Khajinag temple which has a golden dome and spire. The best way to enjoy Khajjiar is by doing nothing and just gazing at the idyllic pastoral scenery featuring a lake, grazing sheep & horses, pine and cedar forests and snowcapped mountains. The hill station is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests. It is about 6,500 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and snowy peaks can be seen in the distance.

Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar Lake is a small lake, surrounded by saucer-shaped lush green meadow and a floating island. The glade and the lake are held sacred to Khajjinag – after whom the place is named. Khajjiar has the thick forest of the Kalatop sanctuary surrounding its soft green grass.

Khajjiar-The Mini Switzerland Of Himachal Pradesh
Khajinag temple

Khajjiar is famous for the popular Khajji Naga shrine dedicated to the serpent god from which the name is believed to have been derived. The temple dates back to the 10th century and is interspaced with different patterns and images on the ceiling and wooden posts. The Khajji Nag temple is made in pahari style and the object of worship is ‘Nagdev’, carved out of stone in human from. The images of five Pandvas: Yudhishtra, Bhim, Arjun, Nakul and Sahdev beautiful made out of wood stand in the corners of the Mandapa of the temple.

Climate

Summers are fairly pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 12° C to 25° C. Winters are extremely cold, with temperatures dipping as low as 2° C to 10° C.

When To Visit

April to October is the best time to visit Khajjiar.Although Khajjiar remains open for tourists throughout the year, it is better to visit this place during summers when you fed up with high temperatures of plain areas.

How To Reach

By Road
Khajjiar is well connected from Chamba and Dalhousie from either side. One can enjoy a drive of 24 kilometers through the beautiful and green Khajjiar wildlife sanctuary on Dalhousie Khajjiar road. Another way is from Chamba, if you choose to reach Chamba via Jot.

By Air
The nearest Airport is Gaggal (Kangra) 115 km.

By Train
The nearest Railway station is at Pathankot/ Chakki Bank Railway Station 104 km.

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