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    Khajjiar ground surrounded by tall deodar trees

    Vast expanse of verdant meadows, dense deodar forest, and the views of the snow-covered Kailash, Khajjiar is a nature lover’s heaven with some incredible tourist places in and around it. Also known as the Gulmarg of Himachal, it is also a commencing point for Chamba, Dalhousie, and Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary treks. There has many places to visit in Khajjiar that are perfect for a day-long exploration trip.

    Here’s a list of places that can be visited in and around Khajjiar on a laidback vacation in the mountains of Himachal.

    Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Khajjiar 

    Khajjiar is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Look at this list of top places that one should definitely visit on their escape. 

     

     

    • Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary – Former Gaming Reserves Of Chamba Rulers
    • Khajjiar Lake – Mini Switzerland Of India
    • Kailash Villages – Home To Quaint And Scenic Villages
    • Panch Pandav Tree – Known For Interesting Mythological Tales
    • Khajji Nag Temple – Most Vintage Temple Of Himachal Pradesh
    • Dainkund Peak – The Highest Snow-Capped Peak
    • Panchpula, Chatryara – Blankets The Marvels Of Mother Nature
    • Subhash Baoli, Dalhousie – Land Of Scenic Views

     

     

    1. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary – Former Gaming Reserves Of Chamba Rulers

    Views of mountains from deodar trees

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    Spread over sprawling 30.69 sq. km. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Khajjiar. Situated between Dalhousie and Khajjiar Lake, this wildlife reserve is popular for nature walks and hikes. The wildlife sanctuary comprises of trees like Blue Pine, Green Oak, and Rhododendron, and one can spot barking goral, Himalayan black marten, langur, jackal, bear, and leopard within the sanctuary. There are small tributaries of River Ravi, that makes this place look scenic and spectacular.

    Opening hours: 7:00 am to 6: 00 pm
    Best Time To Visit: April to October
    Nearby Places To Visit: 
    Kalatop Forest, Dainkund Peak, Star Village Cafe, Golden Devi Temple
    How To Reach: One can easily reach the sanctuary by road from Chandigarh and Chamba via taxis and buses. Nearest railway station is in Pathankot (80 km) and airport is in Gaggal (135 km). From their one needs to cover the distance by road.

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    2. Khajjiar Lake – Mini Switzerland Of India

    Khajjiar ground surrounded by tall deodar trees

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    Encircled by lush green deodar forests, Khajjiar Lake is a natural splendour, located at an elevation of 1920 mtrs. Among the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, it is ideal for reinvigoration of mind and body. The major attraction of the place is the island that floats, which is actually a cluster of grass growing on the lake’s surface. Khajjiar Lake is mostly visited by locals and tourists for day picnics, paragliding, zorbing, and horse riding. These are some of the most fascinating things to do in Khajjiar. On a sunny day, one can also enjoy the mesmerizing views of Mount Kailash from the lake.

    Best Time To Visit: April to July
    Nearby Places To Visit: 
    Khajji Nag Temple, Panch Pandav Tree, Khalatop Wildlife Sanctuary 
    How To Reach: Khajjiar Lake is well connected to Dalhousie and Chamba and can be reached very easily via buses and taxis. One can take a taxi from Pathankot railway station to the lake as well. 

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    3. Kailash Villages – Home To Quaint And Scenic Villages

    Light of sun on a snow clad peak

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    Mostly resting in the middle of lush mountains and dense deodar forests, the laidback and picturesque villages are some of the best places to visit in Khajjiar, to experience the country life. Rota, Ladi etc are some of the most wonderful villages offering clear views of the Mount Kailash, green slopes, and snow-capped peaks you’ll want to capture in your camera. These villages are around Khajjiar Ground and are popular for their apple orchards.

    If you’re willing to stay back to explore the villages of Khajjiar, then there are homestays where you can comfortably stay with the locals, eat authentic Himachal food, and experience the beauty of the slow life of the mountains. These are some of the most funfilled things to do in Khajjiar.

    Best Time To Visit: Mid-May to mid-October
    Nearby Places To Visit: 
    Khajjiar Lake, Nine Hole Golf Course, Dhauladhar Range

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    4. Panch Pandav Tree – Known For Interesting Mythological Tales

    Deodar tree with five shoots

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    Within the thick deodar forests surrounding the Khajjiar Lake, Panch Pandav Tree is one of the uniquest places to see in Khajjiar. This tree has 6 shoots and locals believe that the same represent 5 pandavas and Draupadi. Panch Pandav tree is located near a rest house, that leads to remote Khajjiar villages. Just about a kilometer from Khajjiar towards Dalhousie, is a giant deodar tree with about 15 shoots of similar height. This one if known as ‘Mother Tree’ in the region and around.

    Best Time To Visit: All year long
    Nearby Places To Visit: 
    Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Khajjiar Lake, Khajji Nag Temple, Lord Shiva Statue
    How To Reach: Panch Pandav Tree is located on the ground of Khajjiar. One can easily reach this destination by road en route Bakrota Hills from Dalhousie. 

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    5. Khajji Nag Temple – Most Vintage Temple Of Himachal Pradesh

    An old temple overlooking thick deodar forest

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    Dedicated to Khaji Nag or Lord of Serpents, this is one of the oldest temples of Himachal Pradesh. Khaji Nag temple was built in 12th century and the wood carvings reflect Hindu-Mughal architecture style and pattern. Resting on the bank of Khajjiar Lake, this temple boasts of idols of Shiva, Hidimba, and images of Pandava and Kaurava. The age-old practice of goat sacrifice is still practiced here in the temple.

    Opening hours: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Best Time To Visit: April to July
    Nearby Places To Visit: 
    Daikund Peak, Laxmi Narayana Temple, Golden Devi Temple 
    How To Reach: One can take the road from Dalhousie and cover the distance via taxis and buses. 

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    6. Dainkund Peak, Rakhed – The Highest Snow-Capped Peak  

    Stones at the edge of a cliff

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    Dainkund Peak is among the most beautiful and scenic places to visit near Khajjiar. It’s the highest peak in Dalhousie, which means other high snow-capped peaks are clearly visible on a sunny day. It turns into a white heaven in winter and the lush green meadows welcome tourists during summer. Anyone looking for some great places to visit in Dalhousie must not skip this.

    Best Time To Visit: March to May and June to October 
    Nearby Places To Visit: 
    Kalatop Wildlife Sancturay, St John’s Church, Chamera Lake, Kailash View
    How To Reach: The trek commences after one crosses Lakkar Mandi. After driving for 6 kilometers one needs to park their car as the motorable roads end at this spot and then trek for around 3 km. 

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    7. Panchpula, Chatryara – Blankets The Marvels Of Mother Nature

    A small waterfall among huge boulders

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    Surrounded by thick pine and deodar trees, the gorgeous Panchpula is one of the best places to visit near Khajjiar. One can find many other beautiful streams and waterfalls inside the pine forests. It’s just about 3 km from the main city of Dalhousie. Paying a visit to Panchpula is one of the best things to do in Khajjiar.

    Best Time To Visit: April to October
    Nearby Places To Visit: 
    St Francis Church, Garam Sadak, Bara Pather, Shaheed Ajeet Singh Memorial
    How To Reach: Panchpula is located around 3.5 km from Dalhousie. The easiest and quickest way to reach this destination is via road from bus and cab. 

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    8. Subhash Baoli, Dalhousie – Land Of Scenic Views

    A baoli made of red bricks

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    Just 1 km from Dalhousie and about 32 km from Khajjiar, Subhash Baoli is a beautiful spot amongst tall pine trees. It is named after the most famous freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose. One can witness the picturesque and majestic views of snow-covered Himalayas and other mountains ranges.

    Opening hours: 24 hours 
    Best Time To Visit: All year long
    Nearby Places To Visit: 
    Satdhar Falls, Kalatop Sanctuary, Panchpula 
    How To Reach: One can reach this Baoli easily via roadways by using local buses or private taxis. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Khajjiar

    Q. Is Khajjiar worth visiting?

    A. Khajjiar is a small town that should not be missed by anyone as it is a full-package destination that not only provides adventurous activities to indulge in but also lets you explore the wildlife and nature.

    Q. How many days are sufficient for Dalhousie?

    A. You can spend around two to three days in Dalhousie to explore nearby places and top places to visit in Khajjiar.

    Q. How far is Khajjiar from Dalhousie?

    A. Khajjiar is situated at a distance of 24 kilometers from Dalhousie and can be easily reached via taxi.

    Q. How can I go to Khajjiar?

    A. The nearest railway station to Khajjiar is Pathankot which is located at a distance of 98 kilometers. One can hire a taxi to reach Khajjiar in Dalhousie from the station only.

    Q. What is the best time to visit Khajjiar?

    A. If you want to witness snowfall then the best time to explore Khajjiar is in the winter months, from December to March. Otherwise, the temperature remains cool throughout the year and thus anyone can explore this town at any time.

    Q. Is there snowfall in Khajjiar?

    A. Yes, Khajjiar witnesses snowfall in the winter season which starts from December and ends in March.

    Q. How can I go to Khajjiar by flight?

    A. The nearest airport to Khajjiar is Gaggal Airport that is located in Dharamshala at a distance of 122 kilometers.

    Q. Which place is called Switzerland in India?

    A. Khajjiar has been declared as India’s Switzerland due to its natural beauty.

    Q. What is the height of Khajjiar?

    A. Khajjiar is nestled at a height of 1,920 meters.


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