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Khajjiar is a small but astoundingly beautiful hill station in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Located near Dalhousie this little entrancing hill station is located at a height of 1,920 m above the sea level. This is a historic town with its history dating back to the 12th century. The town is named after its heritage historic temple known as Khajji Nag – which has been a pilgrimage for people from nearby regions. Khajjiar houses a beautiful serene lake and is a perfect place to be at if snowfall is what you are after. With plenty of snow during peak winters, the whole town gets covered with white flakes. The whole city becomes astonishingly beautiful and adorable with sleety colding snow all around.
Weather And Snowfall In Khajjiar
One may encounter snowfall in Khajjiar in the later half of December and January. Sometimes snow falls are just too heavy and may block the road ways. Winters are from November to March and temperature usually varies from 5 °C to 25 °C. One of the best parts about this town is that you can visit it anytime of the year – in summers this place will be extremely pleasant.
Enjoy These Best Places And Activities Amid The Snow Blanket In The Freezing Town Of Khajjiar
1. Frozen Khajjiar Lake
The majestic lake which shares the name with this stunning hill station gets completely frozen out during peak winters. Covered with a snow blanket, it makes a wonderful attraction among the tourists who love to take a stroll on this frozen pure white lake.
2. Cedar Forests
This is a dense lush green wood area around Khajjiar lake. Famous for its tall rapturous pine and cedar trees, this place gets angelic during dazzling snowfalls. The glorious tall trees covered with white blankets amidst sublime mist will take your breath away during winters. This will be an incredible place for photography lovers as there are ample opportunities to capture its exquisite beauty.
3. Khaji Nag Temple
Khaji Nag is an ancient temple dedicated to the god of serpents – Khaji Nag. The temple has been an important center of worship for long and many people from nearby places visit this temple regularly. There is a bewildering serenity around it and with snow cover, this place gets paradisiacal. This is a must visit place to experience the serenity and absorb the calm peace around.
4. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the major wildlife sanctuaries in this region – this beautiful sanctuary is full of Bears and Deers. There are different flora and fauna that you can find here – even migratory birds during the winter season. Spread in an area of 30 sq. km. – this scenic entrenching sanctuary is full of exquisite treks and trails for you to embark and adore the sleety surroundings.
5. Climb Up The Dainkund Peak
It is the highest peak of this region and also the one receiving the highest amount of snow. You can either choose to go for a snow trek or go via road. You can view the whole of Khajjiar from the top of Dainkund Peak, at a height of 2,755 meters. This peak is the best place to absorb the bewildering unmatchable beauty Khajjiar has to offer. Pholani Devi Temple, an old temple nearby is also an important pilgrimage center. Trek to Pholani Devi Temple is a fabulous and extremely gratifying once you reach the top.
6. Go Paragliding
Khajjiar is one of the most popular spots for paragliding for adventure enthusiasts. There are beautiful locations for Paragliding in Khajjiar – and it is fast becoming a paragliding hub. In winters, you will have an entrenching view of the frozen icy town and glorious bewildering valley beneath. Ensure that you chose the right experienced operator and experienced instructor. You will want to capture the enthralling beauty of the scenic snow cladded hills and valleys while you fly in height in the sky. The whole experience at this place during snowfall is just breathtaking.
7. Horse Riding and Zorbing
Horse riding is an extremely enjoyable activity here. Especially in chilly snowy treks – riding horses and travelling to nearby peaks with awe inspiring views is one of the best things you can participate in here. Zorbing has lately become a very popular sport. Running down in a blissful white blanket will give you goosebumps. It will be an experience to cherish for long.
8. Kailash Villages
Kailash villages are small but serene and magnificent villages near Khajjiar. In the middle of snow clad mountains with amazing views of Mount Kailash, the experience at these villages will be a real bliss. At these laid back villages, absorb the tranquility and serenity of the place along with amazing hospitality of its locals.
Things To Keep: Safeguard Yourself From The Stupefying Cold Of Khajjiar
As this place gets heavy snowfall and can be incredibly chill, it is better to prepare for the freezing icy cold of Khajjiar well in advance before you land here. Here is a list of things which are a must to keep while travelling to Khajjiar:
- Padded Thick Jackets: Normal jackets won’t be sufficient here to save you from the extreme cold. Make sure that you pack thick padded jackets which can withheld the chilly temperature here and keep you warm
- Shirts: Keep few collared T-Shirts which will save your neck from the cold weather
- Warm Clothes, Sweaters: You may need 5 layers of clothing to safeguard yourself from the numbing chill of Khajjiar. Ensure that you are keeping enough warm clothes with yourself
- Carry Thermals: Thermals will keep you warm and cozy, especially at night
- Warm Woolen Caps: They will help cover your ears along with Neck Warmers and Mufflers
- Woolen or Sports Socks: A must apparel for your feet. In case, you are carrying normal socks, then you may want to wear two of them together to safeguard your feet from getting frozen
- Poncho: Raincoat will be extremely helpful during rains and snowfall
- Moisturisers: Lip balms, moisturisers and other body lotions would be helpful for a pleasant look that will keep them protected from cold
How to Reach Khajjiar
By Road: Khajjiar is well connected to the town of Dalhousie and Chamba. Dalhousie is around 24 kilometers from Khajjiar. You can reach via taxi or local bus services easily from Chamba, Dalhousie or any North Indian state.
By Train: Pathankot in Punjab is the nearest railway station to Khajjiar. There is also a small railway station near Khajjiar – Nurpur Road. One can also reach Khajjiar from Delhi via train. Train ride will take around 10 hours to reach from Delhi.
By Air: Nearest airport to Khajjiar is the Kangra Airport (Gaggal airport). Kangra Airport is around 110 kilometers from Khajjiar.
One of the best ways to enjoy snowfall in Khajjiar is spending time here during winters. The snow it gets is unmatchable and the beauty of this place is peerless ethereal. If you want to plan a trip to Khajjiar, then you have plenty of reasons! Sublime paradisiacal natural beauty of this place will make you fall in love with it. Bewilderness of it will make you come back to this lovely ambrosial hill station again and again.
Some Of The Most Frequently Asked Questions By The Travellers To Khajjiar
A. The quantity of snowfall in this place might be unpredictable. But in late December and January, you can expect at least 2-3 inches of snow blanket in the town.
A. Due to its tropological resemblance and natural beauty similar to the European nation – Switzerland. There is a small board indicating the distance from Khajjiar to the capital of Switzerland – reminding the place as a mini Switzerland of India.
A. You can easily find taxis and local and/ or state bus services from Dalhousie – a 24 km ride.
A. Nurpur Road Railway Station is the closest railway station while Pathankot railway station is the major one. The railway station is around 77 kilometers away. It may take approximately 3 hours drive from this railway station.
A. Khajjiar is famous for its entrancing beauty, mind blowing topology which makes it resemble Switzerland. And that’s the reason for it being the mini Switzerland of India. The famous attractions in Khajjiar are : Khajjiar lake, its marvelous temples and the adventure sports this city offers including snow trekking and paragliding.
A. This can be one of the most memorable visit of your life. Breathtaking beauty of this adorable little hill station is something which you will cherish for your life and it will make you come back to it again and again.
A. Yes it is very much safe. Also – always go for a reputed institute or an experienced instructor for paragliding as the overall experience and safety very much depends on the expertise level of the instructor.
A. Dharamshala – the home of Tibetan master Dalai Lama is almost 45 kilometers from Khajjiar. It will be well connected via taxi and buses.
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