Khajjiar Hill Station
Khajjiar is a small picturesque saucer-shaped plateau surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests, and is one of the 160 places throughout the world to have been designated "Mini Switzerland". Khajjiar is a tiny tourist resort in Chamba about 24 kms from Dalhousie; at an altitude of 6, 500 ft. above sea level. The moment one enters the picturesque Khajjiar, one is welcomed by a yellow Swiss sign for 'hiking path' which reads "Mini Switzerland" i.e. Khajjiar.
Set against the backdrop of dense pines, deodars and lush green meadow, Khajjiar is exquisitely nestled down in the foothills of the imposing Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas. The dish-shaped Khajjiar provides a panoramic and breathtaking perspective to visitors.
Khajjiar was officially baptized by the Swiss Ambassador on July 7, 1992 and as per records, a stone was taken here and forms part of the stone sculpture erected in Berne, capital of Switzerland.
Best Time To VisitMay-July & September-November
Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary It's possible to trek 30-km from Dalhousie to Chamba along the eastbound road from Gandhi Chowk. A short but steep ascent leads to the Kalatope wildlife sanctuary, from which one can walk into a pleasant track.
Khajjiar Lake Fed by slim streams, this small lake rests in the center of the large glade of Khajjiar. The glade and the lake are held sacred to 'Khajjinag'- after whom the place is named.
Golden Devi Temple Adding to the charms of Khajjiar, which also hugs a golden-domed Devi temple, is a golf course set in the midst of the idyllic surroundings. The golden spire of the Devi's abode beckons one to the fringe of the lake.
Khajji Nag Temple A little away from the lake is the temple of Khajji Nag belonging to 12th century A.D. In the mandapa of the temple one can see the images of the Pandavas and the defeated Kaurvas hanging from the roof of the circumambulatory path. The sanctum of the temple has been beautifully carved from wood.
- By Air: The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 18-km.
- By Rail: The closest rail head is at Pathankot, 120-km away.
- By Road: Khajjiar is connected by road and is 26-km from Dalhousie and 24-km from Chamba. It is 520-km from Delhi.