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Khajjiar Hills, Khajjiar

Khajjiar Hills Overview

Khajjiar (Introduction) Khajjiar, located at an altitude of 1960 m, is often called the Switzerland of India, with its rolling meadows, majestic deodars, bubbly streams, and the sheer opulence of its natural beauty. The snow - line appears above its lush woods, and at the very centre of this divine glade, is a lake fed by countless streams that criss - cross the area. Khajjiar's is located between Dalhousie and Chamba,It is a major landmark is a 12th century, golden - domed temple dedicated to Khajjinag, which houses huge, lifesize wooden images of the 5 Pandava brothers. Khajjiar (Location) Khajjiar is located in the northwestern part of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is perched at an altitude of 1951 m above sea level. Khajjiar is 22 km from Dalhousie and 24 km from Chamba. Khajjiar (History) 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. Tourist Spots The 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. Khajinag Temple Khajjiar, known as one of the most charming spots in the Himalayas, derives its name from its ancient, golden-domed temple of Khajinag. The 12th-century Khajinag temple is a small shrine dedicated to the local Goddess or the Devi. This temple is also known as the Golden Devi temple, as 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. Khajjiar(Climate) The climate of Khajjiar is alpine Summers (April-June) are mild and winters (November-February) are cold and bitter. It experiences southwestern monsoon rains in July-September. Visiting Time The best time to visit Khajjiar is between March and June. Khajjiar (Excursion) Chamba The town of Chamba is 24 km from Khajjiar. Chamba is located in a picturesque valley, amongst the Shivalik ranges and is famous for its medieval temples. Dalhousie The hill station of Dalhousie is 22 km from Khajjiar and is a popular summer retreat set amongst the lower Himalayan ranges.

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