Khajjiar is a beautiful hill station located in Himachal Pradesh state. It is situated at a distance of about 26 km from Dalhousie. It is among those 160 places in the world having a tropical resemblance to Switzerland. With a vast stretch of lush green meadows, dense forests and awesome views of majestic snow-capped Himalayan peaks of Khajjiar make it an eminent destination among the tourists. The beauty of Khajjiar is distinguished by Khajjiar Lake and Chamera Lake. Khajjiar is popularly known as the Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh. It also serves as the beginning point for the treks to destinations like Chamba, Dalhousie, and Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. The exotic flora and fauna of the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary turn into a perfect treat for the nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. History of Khajjiar is not much recognized but it used to be the part of the former state of the Rajput rulers of Chamba. During the 6th century, the place was the capital of the Chamba rulers. The temples of Khajjiar date back to the 12th century and have preserved their magical splendor. The picturesque beauty of the place is enhanced with its nine-hole golf course that has boosted the travel and tourism industry of Khajjiar.
Best Places to Visit in Khajjiar
Khaji Nag Temple
Khajinag Temple is an important temple of Khajjiar, which is why the town is called as Khajjiar. It is among the holiest and ancient temples of Himachal. Located close to the famous Khajjiar Lake, the temple dates back to the 12th century. The temple is dedicated to Khajji Nag, who is Lord of the serpents. Its wooden sanctum enjoys intricate carvings and its mandapam has the images of the Pandavas’ victory over the Kauravas.
Golden Devi Temple
Golden Devi Temple is named so because of being decorated with a golden dome and spire. Located on one side of Khajjiar Lake, the golden spire of the temple is the key attraction of it. It attracts a number of devotees.
Khajjiar Lake is a small lake, which is surrounded by saucers shaped green meadow and a hanging island. The intense expansion of wildflowers called ‘vacha’ makes it’s land soft. It is one of the must-visit attractions in Khajjiar. hajjiar Lake Who can forget the exotic locale of Khajjiar lake featured in the Shahrukh Khan and Kajol starrer ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ ? or the most romantic song “Ek ladki ko dekha to aisa laga” from 1942 Love Story.
Lord Shiva Statue
It is a magnificent 85 feet statue of Lord Shiva, which is one of the tallest structures in Himachal Pradesh. The idol is polished in bronze and this glossy statue is a view to behold. The closely located temple of the idol keeps a function in June – July and the statue appears all the more wonderful due to being covered with snow. Chamba district is basically known as ‘Land of Shiva’ there are so many places of Lord Shiva’s in Chamba district where it is believed that Lord Shiva’s spent most of his time and these places are Mani-Mahesh or Kailash Mountain, Dal Lake, Bharmaur and Khajjiar.
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the primary tourist attractions in the city. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna and attracts a number of wildlife enthusiasts. Animals that one can spot here are leopard, bear, deer, jackal, Himalayan Black Marten, Barking Goral, and numerous beautiful birds.
Golf Course is one of the popular places of interest in Khajjiar. It is a huge 9-hole golf course. Travelers coming to visit the valley of Chamba make sure to explore the Course of Khajjiar and enjoy the sport here.
Kailash View is a great attraction to Khajjiar. It surely is going to mesmerize you with amazing landscapes. The best thing about this view is that you get close to nature and gives a great feeling for it.
There are many sightseeing places to visit in and around Khajjiar. From charming scenic spots to religious attractions and from historical attractions to several adventure activities, Khajjiar is waiting for the travelers to ensure them a memorable holiday experience.
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