Often referred to as 'mini-Switzerland of India', Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists a unique combination of forests, lakes and pastures.
The mesmerising beauty of this place has greatly influenced and inspired many kingdoms throughout the years, including the Rajputs and Mughals. Located at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the natural beauty and picturesque landscape of this place are bound to leave an everlasting impression on a tourist. Khajjiar is known for its nine-hole golf-course which is nestled in the midst of lush greenery and a breathtaking landscape. Khajjiar is a small plateau which also has a small lake which is one of the most favored tourist spots in this town. Khajjiar is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests and it is also known for its beautiful temples. This region also attracts adventure seekers and has a lot of options in adventure sports like paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking etc. Khajjiar is a must visit place for everyone coming to Dalhousie and its nearby regions. However, the way to Khajjiar can be closed sometimes during winters because of heavy snowfall.
There are only a few options here including few hotel, few cottage run by Himachal Tourism and a couple of rest houses.
Grand View Hotel
Staring from INR 5,520
Staring from INR 2,200
Often known as the 'Mini Switzerland' of India, Khajjiar is an extremely beautiful place. The Khajjiar lake and Chamera lake add to its beauty.
It has been commercialised over the past few years and over-exploited as a tourist destination.
Khajjiar is a destination for tourists and adventure travellers alike. It offers numerous trekking opportunities.
Khajjiar and Dalhousie Tour Package
Staring from Rs. 3,000
Dharamshala, The Land Of The Gods
Staring from Rs. 15,000
Day 1- Proceed to Khajjiar from Dalhousie. Enroute visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Reach Khajjiar and visit the famous Khajjiar lake and the lush green ground. Visit the Golden Devi temple next. Day 2- Visit the famous Khajji Nag temple, known to be one of the holiest temples of Himachal Pradesh. Have lunch and head back to Dalhousie.
Due to its topographical resemblance with Switzerland, Khajjiar is ofter called the' Mini Switzerland' of India. This saucer shaped green meadow is engulfed by Deodar trees and has a lake in the middle. On July 7, 1992, Khajjiar was called the 'mini Switzerland' by the then Vice-Counsellor and Head of the Chancery of Switzerland in India, Willy Blazer. He also put a sign board which showed the distance between Khajjiar and Swiss capital-Bern. He took a stone from Khajjiar to be installed in the stone collage around the Swiss Parliament to constantly remind people of Khajjiar as the 'Mini Switzerland'.
The choices for food and cuisines here is not exactly elaborate and options tend to be limited. There are just a few restaurants here that serve Indian food. The hotels, resorts and lodges usually have more variety. Other than these one can try the noodles and soup that a number of street joints here, serve and are said to be quite popular.
Nice place people say it mini Switzerland, yes it is. Go around Dec to Feb everything is covered with snow. Paragliding and Zorbing are must when u visit the place
By Pallavi Siddhanta
I love adventure and trekking. What is the difficulty of the trek from Dalhousie to Khajjiar?