Khajjiar

Khajjiar is a place with enchanting verdant meadows situated amidst the deodar trees in Chamba valley. Khajjiar the most popular excursion of Chamba and Dalhousie and it is flooded by tourists from April to October. Khajjiar is perched at an elevation of 1,981mts above sea level offering scenic splendors of nature’s vistas. Khajjiar is famous for its placid beauteousness and a 10th century temple dedicated to the Lord of the Snakes. The architecture of Khajjiar represents an appealing mixture of Mughals and Hindu culture. Khajjiar is also known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ and this name is certified by the Tourism Industry of Switzerland. There are many short trekking excursions from here leading to destinations with serene and exquisite places like Kala Top. There is a small lake in Khajjiar named as Khajjiar Lake with green meadows everywhere surrounded by towering trees. You can explore the wildlife in Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the only wilderness in Himachal Pradesh which is easily accessible and a magical paradise at the same time. When the beauteousness of Khajjiar reflects on the Khajjiar Lake, the world around you turns mystical. Escape your busy schedule and rejuvenate your mind and soul at the heavenly hamlet, Khajjiar.

Location of Khajjiar

Khajjiar is located at a distance of 14kms from Chamba at an elevation of 1,981mts above sea level in the Chamba District. Khajjiar is a small plateau set amidst dense deodar trees. Khajjiar is located in the northwest region of the Himachal Pradesh. Khajjiar is located at a distance of 575kms from Delhi, 21kms from Dalhousie and 95kms from Pathankot.

Places to see in Khajjiar

Khajjiar Lake: It is a paradise lake situated amidst the lush grassland of Khajjiar. Khajjiar is a picturesque spot and the lake adds mysticism to the site. A vital part of the superhit movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was shot at this place. Khajjinag, the deity in the Khajji temple has some legendary association with Khajjiar Lake; therefore this lake is considered to be sacred by the locals. The lake is filled with water during all seasons and it doesn’t require rainwater for endurance.

Khajji Nag Temple: It is one of the frequently visited temples of Chamba district as it holds great religious importance. The residing deity of Khajji Nag temple is Khajji Naga, the lord of serpent. The temple was built in the 10 th century and you can easily see the artistic blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture. Shrines of Lord Shiva and Goddess Hadimba are also placed inside the temple.

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary: Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary is spread around Khajjiar and Dalhousie. Kalatop wildlife Sanctuary inhabits deer, leopard, bear, wild cat, many species of birds and some endangered species. Kalatope is situated is the topmost point near Khajjiar and Dalhousie and the sanctuary is spread over a large area. Kalatope Sanctuary is an ideal spot for wildlife photography.

What to do in Khajjiar

Carry light woolens in summer and heavy woolens in winters while vacationing at Khajjiar. Enjoy adventure sports like trekking, horse riding, Zorbing, etc. Khajjiar is the best spot for picnicking with your loved ones. Enjoy short trek in the woods and cover the popular excursions of Khajjiar like Chamba, Dalhousie and Kalatope. Visit the nearby temples and enhance your photography skills at this scenic spot.

Excursions from Khajjiar

Bharmaur: Bharmaur is situated below the high mountain ranges of Himachal Pradesh. Bharmaur is also known as Brahmour and it was the original capital of Chamba district. Bharmaur is a fascinating place offering splendor views of nature. Bharmaur is also popular because it is the base of the famous trek to Manimahesh Yatra. There are several ancient temples at Bharmaur reflecting the glorious past of the town. Bharmour is situated 76kms from Khajjiar.

Bhuri Singh Museum: Bhuri Singh Museum is a storehouse of cultural heritage of the people of Himachal Pradesh. This museum is named after Raja Bhuri Singh who ruled Chamba from year 1904 to 1919. Bhuri Singh Museum was opened on 14th September 1908 and it is located very near to Chaugan. The museum has an interesting collection of old paintings, photographs, arms, coins and dresses scriptures and rocks. A visit to Bhuri Singh Museum will give you a broad visualization about the past of Himachal Pradesh and especially Chamba. Bhuri Singh Museum is situated in Chamba at a distance of 14kms.

Bakrota: Bakrata Hills is a fascinating spot situated in Chamba district at an elevation of 2085mts above sea level. The view of the snow capped peaks of the splendid Himalayan range is captivating from Bakrota. Bakrota is a popular excursion from Dalhousie, Chamba, Khajjiar and Bharmaur.

Kala Tope: KalaTope is a popular picnic spot and trekking excursion of Khajjiar perched at an elevation of 2,440mts above sea level. Kala Tope can be reached by a 5km trek on the secluded woody pathway and it is also the adjoining point of several treks. There is a temple on the top of the peak with Goddess Kali as its deity. Kala Top is also famous for its sanctuary which inhabits deer, leopards, wild cat, ibex, monal many endangered species. The views of the splendid Himalayan range are invigorating from Kala Tope. Kala Tope is also sanctified with lush green forests, deodar trees and varied fauna.

Manimahesh Kailash: Manimahesh is situated 111kms from Khajjiar and 97kms from the town of Chamba. The Manimahesh Lake is considered as the second purest lake, where the first one is Mansarovar. The glacier lake of Manimahesh is towered by a Manimahesh Kailash Mountain. Every year lakhs of tourists visit this holy place and especially during Jatra to Manimahesh.

Salooni: Salooni is situated at a distance of 70kms from Khajjiar. The elevation of Salooni is 1,829mts above sea level. Salooni affords breath-taking and invigorating views of the snow laden peaks of the splendid Himalayan range.

Dalhousie: Dalhousie is not as famous as Darjeeling or Shimla, but a walk down the Malls and the Moti Tibba Hill is an enchanting one. It stands at a height between 1,525 m and 2,378 m and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, lush green forests of pine, oak and rhododendron. Dalhousie is famous for its colonial type architecture, and beautiful churches. The panoramic view of the Ravi River and the Dauladhar range adds to the beauty of the hill station. Dalhousie is situated 21kms from Khajjiar.

Hadsar: Hadsar is a picturesque spot from where the trek of 14km to Manimahesh Lake commences. Hadsar is situated 97kms from Khajjiar at an elevation of 2317mts above sea level. Hadsar is the endpoint of the road. Simple accommodation facilities are available at Hadsar. The place is flooded by tourists during Manimahesh Yatra.

Accomodations Hotels in Khajjiar

There are numerous places to stay at Khajjiar. The price of the hotels in Khajjiar, resorts in Khajjiar and lodge in Khajjiar vary a lot. There are luxury hotels with Wi-Fi, bar, swimming pools and many other services and on the other hand there are hotels in Khajjiar with standard and budget price levels as well. Some luxury hotels in Khajjiar are Ghar Resort, Hotel Mini Swiss, Royal Residency, Shining Star Resort, Khajji Cottage by HPTDC. Standard hotels in Khajjiar include Hotel Hritik Palace, The Devdar and Snow View Guest House. Other budget hotels in Khajjiar are New Amardeep Hotel, country resorts, Gautam Guest House, Parul Guest House, Puri Guest House and Sunil Lodge.

Best time to visit Khajjiar

Khajjiar can be visited all round the year but the best time to visit Khajjiar is from April to October. The climate of Khajjiar remains salubrious during summers and cold during winters. Monsoons are pleasant and offer enchanting views. Khajjiar is well connected by motorable roads and can be easily reached. Khajjiar is blessed with snowfall during winters and the green landscapes are at its best from April to October.

How to reach Khajjiar

By Air: The nearest airports to Khajjiar are Gaggal Airport and Pathankot Airport. Gaggal Airport is situated 97kms near Kangra and Pathankot Airport is located 96kms from Khajjiar. Taxis are available from both these airports to Khajjiar and Chamba.

By Rail: Khajjiar is not connected directly with railway networks and the nearest railway station is situated 92kms away at Pathankot. Regular taxis and buses are available from Pathankot Railway Station to Khajjiar.

By Road: Khajjiar is well connected by motorable roads with major towns of Himachal Pradesh. The distance from Delhi to Khajjiar is 575kms which can be covered in a 15hr drive. Chamba is situated 14kms from Khajjiar. Regular buses and taxis are available from Pathankot to Chamba and Khajjiar.