Khajjiar is a tiny hill station situated in Chamba district in the northwestern
part of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Perched at an altitude of 1951
m above sea level and 23 km from Dalhousie towards Chamba, it is a grassy
marg or meadow with a circumference of about 5 kms surrounded by thick
deodar forest and has a lake in the centre. Lakhs of tourists not only
from within the country but also from abroad visit this Khajjiar every
It was Willy P. Blaser, the Vice Counselor and Head
of Chancery of Switzerland who christened Khajjiar as 'Mini Switzerland'
on July 7, 1992. Blazer, as per the tradition of his country, had
taken a stone from Khajjiar which was made a part of a stone sculpture
installed opposite the Swiss Federal Houses of Parliament in Berne, capital
of Switzerland and certified Khajjiar as Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh.
The sculpture at Berne has stones from 159 other locations in the world
that bear topographical resemblance with Switzerland. With this, Khajjiar
became one with the 160 places within the world that resemble the topography
of Switzerland. Blaser also erected a yellow Swiss hiking footpath signboard
indicates the distance from the Swiss capital Berne up to Khajjiar as
Derives its name from its ancient temple of Khajinag,
it is a part of the Khajjiar-Kalatop sanctuary which is spread over 18.5
hectares. One of the most charming spots in the Himalayas, the saucer
shaped Khajjiar is endowed with dense forests of majestic deodars, oaks
and pine trees, lush green meadows, bubbly streams etc. A vital part (the
summer camp scenes) of the super hit movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was shot
at this place. The fine walks in or around the ground and pleasant climate
which make Khajjiar a memorable holiday experience. Although the climate
of Khajjiar remains pleasant throughout the year, it is more better to
visit this place during summers (April-June). The town receives good rainfall
during the rainy months of July and August.
Set in the lush green grassland is a small attractive lake. One of the
six famous natural lakes in Himachal Pradesh, the lake is considered to
be very sacred by the local people because Khajjinag, the deity in the
Khajji temple has some legendary association with Khajjiar Lake. It is
fed by tiny streams that lies at the center of large Khajjiar glade. There
are two islands keeps floating mysteriously on it and sometimes they are
hidden from view by the tall grass that grows on them. Local people believes
that it is because of some divine reasons. The lake never dries even in
the summers but it freezes in the peak of winter. One can enjoy horse
ride circumambulating the lake.
Khajji Nag Temple
Just a short distance away from the lake is a golden domed Khajji Nag
Temple. Dating back to 12 th century, the temple is dedicated to Khajji
Naga, the Serpent God. One can see an artistic blend of Hindu and Mughal
styles of architecture. Shrines of Lord Shiva and Goddess Hadimba are
also placed inside the temple. The inner sanctum is made of wood. Life-size
wooden images of Pandava defeated Kaurvas hanging from the roof of the
circumambulatory path are put in temple's mandapa.
Nine Hole Golf course
There is a nine-hole golf course at Khajjiar.
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated is the topmost point, it is spread around Khajjiar and Dalhousie.
The sanctuary inhabits deer, leopard, bear, wild cat, many species of
birds and some endangered species. An ideal spot for wildlife photography,
the sanctuary is filled with tall, dense deodar trees is a pleasant place
to explore during Khajjiar trip.
Some of the places near Khajjiar are Chamba, Dalhousie, Lakkarmandi, Bharmour,