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Top 8 Places to Visit in Khajjiar

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Fondly called ‘Mini Switzerland’, Khajjiar is a beautiful hill station situated in the stunning Chamba Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Famous for its beautiful picturesque surroundings, an abundance of lush greenery, and rich culture, this small place is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in North India. Whether you are planning to spend a few days surrounded by nature, away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life, or want to add that extra dose of adventure to your fun-filled vacation, this is definitely the place to be. From beautiful ancient temples to vibrant street markets, and crystalline lakes to majestic mountain peaks, Khajjiar has a lot to offer. When planned well, you can experience so many different things on a single trip and make it a memorable affair.

Best Places to Visit in Khajjiar

With so many great places to visit in Khajjiar, planning a trip is quite a challenge, as you wouldn’t want to miss any major tourist attractions. For your convenience, here is a comprehensive list of all the popular places to visit in or near Khajjiar:

  • Khajjiar Lake
  • Khajji Nag Temple
  • Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tibetan Handicrafts Centre
  • Subhash Baoli
  • Dainkund Peak
  • Ganji Pahadi
  • Panch Padav Tree

Khajjiar Lake

Encircled by lush green deodar forests, Khajjiar Lake is one of the most idyllic spots in this town. It is situated at an altitude of 1920 metres and offers stunning views of the surroundings. The major attraction of the place is a small island-like structure that seems to be floating there. This floating island is actually a cluster of grass growing on the lake’s surface. If you plan your visit on a sunny day, you might also get a chance to enjoy the mesmerising views of Mount Kailash from here. It offers you the tranquilly and serenity you need on a rejuvenating trip like this. You can either plan a day picnic here or come here for a few hours and indulge in outdoor activities such as paragliding, zorbing, horseback riding, etc. This is undoubtedly one of the best places for adventure activities in Khajjiar.

Khajji Nag Temple

Dedicated to the Lord of Serpents, also known as Khaji Nag, this is one of the oldest temples in Himachal Pradesh. This temple also features ancient idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Hadimba. It is located in close proximity to Khajjiar Lake and is visited by a number of locals and tourists throughout the year. This beautiful temple complex features a golden dome-shaped roof and is a great fusion of Hindu and Mughal-style architecture. Built in the 12th century B.C., this temple has intricate wall and ceiling carvings. Another major attraction of this temple is its inner sanctum, which has paintings of Pandavas and Kauravas depicting the Mahabharata hanging from the ceiling.

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Adorned with a number of tall and stout pine, deodar, and oak trees, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is another addition to the list of must-visit places in Khajjiar. This national park is home to a rich fauna, including Himalayan black bears, pheasants, leopards, deer, black-headed jays, Himalayan black martens, jackals, etc. If you are looking for a place to spend some time amidst nature and learn more about wildlife, there is no better place than this.

The best thing about visiting this wildlife sanctuary is that you get to enjoy the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of the Pir Panjar range. Other than this, the thick cover of lush greenery and eye-pleasing views of small streams of water meeting the Ravi River also make this place more beautiful. The most favourable time to come here is between March and October. During this time, you can not only plan an overnight camping experience here but also go for a small trek from Lakkarmandi.

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Tibetan Handicrafts Centre

Khajjiar is a place that anyone can fall in love with, and you would definitely want to bring a part of this charming place with you. If you are also looking for a nice place where you can go souvenir shopping, this is something you can consider. The Tibetan Handicraft Centre offers a wide range of authentic souvenirs such as wall hangings, carpets, shawls, antiques, etc. However, this place is not just to buy these artefacts. You can also find a number of food joints nearby where you can sit and enjoy delicious food after a long, tiring day of shopping.

Subhash Baoli    

Surrounded by long pine trees, Subhash Baoli is a beautiful place that is located at a small distance from Khajjiar. It is also counted among the best places near Dalhousie due to its close proximity to the hill station. Named after the famous freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose, it has become a popular tourist attraction over the years. You can witness the majestic views of the snow-covered Himalayas and other mountain ranges from here and gets some Instagram-worthy shots as well.

Dainkund Peak

Positioned at a height of 2,755 metres above sea level, Dainkund Peak is the highest peak in Dalhousie. Due to the stunning panoramic views it offers, it is known as one of the most beautiful and scenic places to visit near Khajjiar. On a sunny day, you can enjoy mesmerising views of other high snow-capped peaks from here. During the winter season, all these mountain peaks remain enveloped in white mist, and in the summer season, you get to enjoy the views of lush green meadows. All in all, no matter what time of year it is, you should not skip Daikund Peak on your trip to Khajjiar.

Dainkund Peak

Ganji Pahadi

Are you an adventure lover who is trying to figure out the most amazing Khajjiar sightseeing experience? If yes, then planning a trekking day on Ganji Pahadi is one of the best ways to experience that adrenaline rush. This popular spot is located at a small distance of 24 kilometres from Khajjiar but offers an exceptional trekking experience. The trek takes approximately one hour to complete, and the best thing about this trekking trail is the beautiful views it offers along the way.

Panch Padav Tree

Although Khajjiar is dotted with thousands of long deodar trees, there is a tree near Khajjiar Lake that is famous for its unique shape and structure. It is a deodar tree with a common root but a base split into six parts. Known as the Panch Pandav Tree, this is believed to represent the five Pandava brothers and their wife, Draupadi. Owing to its association with Mahabharat, this has become one of the most famous tourist attractions in Khajjiar. There is another deodar tree located near this one that has a base split into 15 parts. This tree is known as the Mother Tree and is also visited by people who visit the Panch Padav Tree.

With this list of famous places to visit in Khajjiar, you can easily cover all the major tourist attractions on your trip to Khajjiar. At Veena World, you can find a number of Khajjiar and Dalhousie packages with a well-designed day-to-day itinerary.

May 08, 2023


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