Mini Switzerland of India, khajjiar is in Chamba district located 24 kilometers from Dalhousie, Khajjiar is very popular hill station that is an altitude of 2,000 meters. Khajjiar is amongst the 160 locations in the world that have the topographical similarity with Switzerland.
Khajjiar is famous for its lake that is surrounded by dense pine and deodar trees the thick growth of weed called (vacha) made the ground more spongy, Nature Walk on the spongy grassland surely will help you to regain your energy level where as you can also enjoy Horse Riding and Zorbing.
Who named it Mini Switzerland!
Mr.Willy T.Blazer, Vice-Chancellor of the Chancery of Switzerland in India, introduced Khajjiar on the word tourism map by calling it ”Mini Switzerland.”on 7, July 1992. After naming it Mini Switzerland, he put a sign board of yellow Swiss hiking pathway showing Khajjiar’s distance from Swiss capital Bern- 6194 Km.
Dhauladhar mountains: Dense forests, pines, and lush green field are the attractions of the Mini Switzerland. Since Khajjiar located at the base of the Dhauladhar mountains so that you can see the picturesque view of the Dhauladhar mountains.
Khajjinag Temple: Near the lake, there is a temple of Khajji Nag, which belongs to the 12th century AD.Paintings of the Pandavas and the defeated Kauravas hanging from the roof. The temple has elegantly carved from wood.Temple devoted to snake (Naga), and there are some snake idols inside.
Panch Pandav Tree:There is this tree standing alone at a distance of few feets from the lake and is a must see place, though the primary root is same, the base of the tree is divided into six parts.According to the local people, the five roots of this tree stand for the Five Pandavas, and the last one symbolizes Draupadi. In Khajjiar trees having many roots are a common sight. There is one more deodar tree that stands a kilometer away, and people call it “Mother Tree” of the entire region.
Golden Devi Temple: The temple’s golden dome is the major attraction of the temple.you can find peace there and can do meditation.
Khajjiar villages: Khajjiar is also famous for its beautiful & small Villages like Roda and Ladi, and they are quite attractive for Apple Orchards.
Trekking : Khajjiar to Dainkund is a 3.5-kilometer trek.The trek starts 6 kilometers from Khajjiar and ends at Pholani Devi Temple at Dainkund.Trek has a well-marked trail, and gentle slopes make it pleasing trek for beginners and children.The trek offers superb views and a suitable camping site.
Where to stay!
You can stay in hotels and cottages, or you can pitch your tent near the forest and lake.The best pleasure in Khajjiar is to take a walk through dense pine forests and around the lake, People enjoy this place because of the sloped ground that allows them to roll down to the lake without getting hurt.
How to reach there!
Khajjiar doesn’t have an airport, but it is connected with the road through cities like Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.The road route to Khajjiar is a spectacular one.
By Road- Khajjiar is a well connected by road and is 23 km from Dalhousie and 26 km from Chamba. It is 520 km from Delhi.
By Train-The closest railhead is at Pathankot at a distance of 118 Km.
By Air-Gaggal airport in Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh is the nearest airport at a distance of 122 km. Flights are available from Chandigarh, Delhi, and Kullu operates to Gaggal airport.