Coordinates: 32°32′46″N 76°03′29″E / 32.5462344°N 76.0580921°E / 32.5462344; 76.0580921
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Nature of Khajjiar in Chamba district (H.P)
Nature of Khajjiar in Chamba district (H.P)
Mini Switzerland of India[1]
Khajiar is located in Himachal Pradesh
Khajiar is located in India
Coordinates: 32°32′46″N 76°03′29″E / 32.5462344°N 76.0580921°E / 32.5462344; 76.0580921
Country India
StateHimachal Pradesh
1,920 m (6,300 ft)
 • OfficialHindi, Pahari
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code01899
Vehicle registrationHP 48
Nearest cityChamba Town and Dalhousie
Lok Sabha constituencyKangra
Vidhan Sabha constituencyDalhousie

Khajjiar is a hill station, near the town of Chamba in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, India, located approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Dalhousie. It lies on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle. The hill station is surrounded by meadows and forests. It is about 2,000 metres (6,500 ft) above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas.It is part of the Kalatop Khajiar Sanctuary. [2]

Khajiar can be reached from Dalhousie, the nearest major town. It has a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture, and forest. [3]

Mini Switzerland[edit]

On 7 July 1992, Swiss Envoy Willy P. Blazer, Vice-Counsellor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India brought Khajjiar on the world tourism map by calling it "Mini Switzerland". He also put a sign of a yellow Swiss hiking footpath showing Khajjiar's distance from the Swiss capital Bern: "6,194 km" or 3,849 mi. Khajjiar is among the 160 locations in the world that bear a topographical resemblance with Switzerland. The counsellor also took a stone from Khajjiar which will form part of a stone collage around the Swiss Parliament to remind the visitors of Khajjiar as a "Mini Switzerland of India".[1]


Khajjiar during August
Khajjiar view

There is a hotel and some cottages run by HP Tourism in Khajjiar where the tourists can stay. Besides that, there are two rest houses, one each of P.W.D. and Forest Department. A couple of private hotels have also come up, which do not match the above places in terms of location and amenities.[1]


Most tourists travel to Khajjiar by private or rented vehicles. Bus service to and from Khajjiar is limited and timing changes according to local demands.[4]

Places of interest[edit]

The best entertainment in Khajjiar is to walk around the lake or to go for long walks in the thick pine forests. In winter there is snow which can be up to 910 mm (3 ft) of height. Children enjoy this place because of the freedom of movement and the sloped terrain which permits them to roll down to the lake without getting hurt. Some other attractions include horse riding and paragliding. There is a huge Hanuman Statue and a park.[1]

Dauladhar mountains[edit]

Dense deodars, pines and lush green meadows are characteristics of Khajjiar. Since Khajjiar is situated at the base of the Dauladhar mountains, the tourists here can get panoramic views of the mountains.

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary[edit]

The Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary which has a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is densely covered with deodar and fir forest. The place is a favourite spot for picnics and trekking.[5]

Khajjiar Lake[edit]

Khajjiar Lake is a small lake, surrounded by a saucer-shaped lush green meadow and a floating island. The dense growth of weed called vacha has made its earth spongy. Now the banks stand covered by a thick layer of earth, formed by the years of dust settling down on the weeds.

Khajji Nag temple[edit]

A little away from the lake is the temple of Khajji Nag belonging to the 12th century CE made by the king of Chamba, Prithvi Singh. The temple has a golden dome which is also known as Golden Devi Temple. In the mandapa of the temple one can see the images of the Pandavas and the defeated Kauravas hanging from the roof of the circumambulatory path. The sanctum of the temple has been carved from wood.[1] This temple is dedicated to snake (Nāga) worship and there are some snake idols inside. The temple also houses idols of Shiva and the Goddess Hadimba.


Khajjiar offers numerous trekking opportunities. Khajjiar to Dainkund is a 3.5-kilometre (2.2 mi) easy to moderate trek. The trek starts 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Khajjiar on the Dalhousie-Khajjiar road and ends at Pholani Devi Temple at Dainkund. This trek with a well-defined trail and moderate ascent is an excellent trek for beginners and children. The trek offers excellent views and a beautiful camping site.[6]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Himachal Tourism | Khajjiar". Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Chamba Government official website". Archived from the original on 16 July 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2006.
  3. ^ "Khajjiar New Page". HP Tourism Development Corporation.
  4. ^ Abram, David (2003). The Rough Guide to India. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781843530893.
  5. ^ "Himachal Tourism". Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Lookup Caller ID Instantly | Phone Number Search".

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