Khajjiar is often referred to as 'Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh' or 'Mini Switzerland'. The lush green meadows are surrounded by thick pine and cedar forests. Grazing herds of sheep, goats and other milch cattle present a perfect pastoral scenery. There is a small lake in the center of the saucer shaped meadow which has a in it a floating island.
It has a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture and forest, all in one place. This like is a magical paradise. The lake remains full of water in all the seasons and requires no rain water for survival. The glade and the lake are held sacred to Khajjinag - after whom the place is named. Khajjiar has the thick forest of the Kalatop sanctuary surrounding its soft green grass. It is 1.5 km long and 1 km wide.
Activities in Khajjiar
- Horse Riding
- Para Gliding
- Bouncy and other swings for kids
Activities in Khajjiar, Dalhousie
History of Khajjiar
The history of Khajjiar is linked to the rulers of Chamba. The local Rajput rulers ruled Chamba valley in the 6th century ad and made it their capital city. This region became the part of the Mughal Empire in the medieval period and later came under various Sikh kingdoms. Finally, it was taken over by the British. It became a part of the state of Himachal Pradesh when it came into being on April 15, 1948.
Places of Interest in Khajjiar
Khajjiar Lake: Set in the rolling green turf is a small lake. One gets out of the car to go to the lake but the ground seems to give way. The earth is 'spongy' due to dense growth of weed called 'vacha' over which dust has formed a thick layer of earth. Fed by slim streams, this small lake rests in the center of the large glade of Khajjiar. The glade and the lake are held sacred to 'Khajjinag'- after whom the place is named.
KhajiNag Temple: There is an old temple at Khajjiar dedicated to Khajji Nag, was built in the 12th century. The Nag that is worshipped here has a human form. The stone idol has a mace in one hand and a khanda, a double dagger in the other. Five wooden life size statues of the Pandavas were installed in the temple in the 16th century. On a clear day, you can see the Mountain Kailash from Khajjiar ground. It is a visiting spot for pilgrams. 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.
Khajji Nag Temple in Khajjiar, Dalhousie
Golden Devi Temple: Adding to the charms of Khajjiar, which also hugs a golden-domed Devi temple, is a golf course set in the midst of the idyllic surroundings. The golden spire of the Devi's abode beckons one to the fringe of the lake. It is adorned with a golden dome and spire. Pilgrims visiting the Chamba valley often come to this temple.
Nine Hole Golf course: A nine-hole golf course is an added attraction at Khajjiar.