Khajjiar Travel Guide

Often called India’s Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar (altitude 1960m, 6500 feet) has a circumference of about 5 km. It is a small picturesque saucer-shaped plateau surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests, Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods.

At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to Khajji Nag (serpent god) from which the name is believed to have been derived. In the mandapa of the temple one can see the images of the Pandavas and the defeated Kaurvas hanging from the roof of the circumambulatory path. The sanctum of the temple has been beautifully carved from wood.Khajjiar has an islet with a small lake surrounding it. The lake has been neglected over the years and its waters, which at one time reflected the clear blue skies, today give its resemblance to a shallow pond.

The lake is unfortunately squeezing due to silting problem and the growth of weeds. Grazing herds of sheep, goats and other milch cattle present a prefect pastoral scenery. The presence of animals provides a rural background to the place and it looks so beautiful to see the herds of animals grazing in the glade.

Khajjiar weather and Climate

In winter, the temperature hovers around freezing point with snowfall and heavy woolens are required. In summer, the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.

How to reach Khajjiar

By Air

The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 160 km, this is the nearest airport. It takers around five hours to reach Khajjiar from this place. As the flights are limited, and location is far off travelers generally avoid air travel.

By Bus/ Taxi: Distances from Khajjiar

Delhi 595 Kms Approximate travel time

  • from Delhi to Khajjiar is 15 hours
  • from Chandigarh to Khajjiar is 9 hours
  • from Shimla to Khajjiar is 13 hours
  • from Pathankot to Khajjiar is 4 hours
  • from Chamba to Khajjiar 1 Hours
  • from Dalhousie to Khajjiar 1 hours
  • Khajjiar is in between Chamba and Dalhousie

Taxis and buses are easily available from these places.

Chandigarh 360 Kms
Pathankot 105 Kms
Shimla 455 Kms
Chamba 26 Kms
Dalhousie 24 Kms

By Rail

The nearest railhead is Pathankot, 105 km away. Pathankot is on Delhi Jammu Railway line and there are plenty of trains to choose from at different timings.

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