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Khajjiar Lake

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Khajjiar, Chamba

Khajjiar Himachal Pradesh
Khajjiar Pic Courtesy SriniJi

Khajjiar Dalhousie, District Chamba is a gem in the crown of the state of Himachal Pradesh.  Khajjiar, which is located against the backdrop of dense pine and deodar forests and lush green meadow is nestled in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of Himalayas.  The area is small in size, about 20 to 25 kms of equidistance from both Dalhousie and Chamba.

Khajjiar, the Mini Switzerland of India

Khajjiar is also known as mini Switzerland.  The Swiss Ambassador Willy P. Blazer, who was the Vice Counsellor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India at that time brought Khajjiar on the world tourism map on 07 Jul 1992 by calling it “Mini Switzerland”.  He also put up a sign board and today the moment one enters the picturesque Khajjiar, one is welcomed by this yellow Swiss signboard  ‘hiking path’ which reads “Mini Switzerland”.   It is said that it is one of the 160 places around the world to be designated mini Switzerland.

Khajji Nag Temple, Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Khajji Nag Folk Singer
Folk Singer at Khajjiar singing at Khajji Nag

Khajjiar is also famous for Khajji Naga shrine dedicated to the serpent god, thus the name Khajjiar.  There are many himachal pradesh temples dedicated to Nag Devta.   The Khajjiar temple dates to the 10th century with blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture, reflected in the wooden carvings on ceilings and wooden posts of the temple.

Khajjiar Lake, Khajjiar, Chamba

In the midst of the lush green grassy meadows, is a small lake known as  Khajjiar Lake.  The lake is surrounded with evergreen cedar trees from all sides.  Due to neglect by the authorities and the local populace over the years, Khajjiar Lake has shrunk considerably and is almost on the verge of extinction.   A lot of silt has also got deposited in the lake.

In 2018, the Himachal Pradesh Government allocated funds to the forest and wildlife department to begin work for cleaning up the lake. Once this gets completed, the lake will add to the beauty of the mini Switzerland considerably.

How to Reach Khajjiar

By Air

The nearest airport is at Pathonkot, which is although a military airport has a domestic terminal as well.  Pathankot is 99 Km from Khajjiar.  The other nearby  airport are at Ghaggal,  Kangra at a distance of 130 km,  Amritsar at 220 km and Chandigrah 400 km distance.

By Train

The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Pathonkot, 99 Km from Khajjiar.  There are regular train from Pathankot to Delhi and other major cities.

By Road

The entire state of Himachal Pradesh is connected by excellent roads with equally excellent public transport provided by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC).  HRTC has a huge fleet of buses catering to every part of the state as well as towns and cities of nearby states.  Therefore, travel by road will not be a problem.  Besides there are private operators running buses and taxis.

 

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