Khajjiar is a popular hill station about 26 km from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. One of the 160 places in the world that bear tropical resemblance to Switzerland, Khajjiar is situated at a height of 6500 feet and bestowed with natural beauty and pleasant climate. Vast expanse of green meadows and dense forests besides vistas of majestic snow-clad Himalayan peaks make Khajjiar a popular destination among tourists. The Khajjiar Lake and Chamera Lake add to the charm of Khajjiar.
Khajjiar is also called the Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh and serves as the starting point for treks to Chamba, Dalhousie and Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary among others. Indeed, trekking is the best way to explore Khajjiar. Zorbing, which involves rolling downhill from inside a plastic ‘zorb’, is a popular recreational activity during April and May. With its exotic flora and fauna, the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is a delight for nature lovers and wildlife photographers.
Not much is known about Khajjiar’s history but temples dating back to the 12th century still stand in majestic splendor here. The Khajji Naga Temple is the most sacred shine in Khajjiar. People of Khajjiar generally speak Himachali. However, almost all of them are comfortable with Hindi as well.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KHAJJIAR
Most of the budget hotels are located on Khajjiar-Chamba Road. Himachal Pradesh Tourism also operates hotels which offer budget accommodation. Khajjiar also has several mid-range resorts. Almost all the hotels here offer panoramic views of the snow-clad mountains.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN KHAJJIAR
Eating options are limited in Khajjiar. There are a few restaurants here, Main Ground and few street stalls in the hill station serve noodles and soups which are extremely popular. In-house restaurants of hotels and resorts cater to a wide range of taste buds.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT KHAJJIAR
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Khajjiar is as given below. The best time to visit Khajjiar is also specified.