Khajjiar – Khajjiar is a popular hill station about 26 km from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. Vast expanse of green meadows and dense forests besides vistas of majestic snow-clad Himalayan peaks make Khajjiar a popular destination among tourists. The Khajjiar Lake and Chamera Lake add to the charm of Khajjiar. Khajjiar is also called the Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh and serves as the starting point for treks to Chamba, Dalhousie and Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary among others. Indeed, trekking is the best way to explore Khajjiar. Zorbing, which involves rolling downhill from inside a plastic ‘zorb’, is a popular recreational activity during April and May.
|#The Khajjiar Lake And Ground
The Khajjiar Lake and Ground can be reached via the Bakrota Hills from Dalhousie. On the way to the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, one can see the Lakkad Mandi and further down, the Khajjiar ground with the lake located centrally in it. This spot is ideal for photography and has also featured in lots of movies. The lake is considered holy due to its long association with the idol of the Khajji Nag Temple. This perennial lake is fed by a number of tiny water streams. On the lake, some clusters of grasses and weeds have grown that appear like a floating island, and is the major attraction. The spot around the lake, situated at an elevation of 1950 m above sea level, is a popular picnicking area.
|#Panch Pandav Tree
The Panch Pandav Tree is situated in the ground of Khajjiar. The tree is famous for its shoots. Although the main root of the tree and the shoots are same, there are six shoots branching out from the tree.According to the local inhabitants, the five shoots of this tree stand for the Five Pandavas and the last one symbolises Draupadi. This tree is close to a rest house that leads the way to Khajjiar School and a small village.In the forest of Khajjiar, trees having many shoots are a common sight. There is one deodar tree that stands a kilometre away from Khajjiar on the way to Dalhousie. It has 13 shoots of standard height. The tree has acquired the name of “Mother Tree” of the entire region.
|#The Golden Devi Temple
The Golden Devi Temple in Khajjiar is named due to the golden dome of the temple. Located on the edge of the Khajjiar Lake, the temple’s golden spire is a major attraction. Close to this temple, there is a golf course that also draws a lot of people.
|#Khalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
The Khalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is situated amidst oak and coniferous trees. Stretched over an area of about 19.63 sq km, this sanctuary is home to species like deer, serow, jackal, leopard, black bear, wild cats, Himalayan black marten and others. Many endangered species of animals and birds can be seen here as well. This sanctuary lies within the stretch between Dalhousie and Khajjiar.
|#Khajji Nag Temple
This temple is dedicated to Khajji Nag, who is the Lord of the Serpents.Inside the temple, there is a mandapa where visitors can view hanging images of the Pandavas along with the defeated Kauravas from the roof of this temple, appearing in a roundabout way. The chambers of this temple are carved out of wood. The construction of this temple began in the 10th century AD and is reflected in the architecture of the temple that exhibits a mix of Hindu and Muslim style. Located in the district of Chamba, this temple is considered significant and is visited by pilgrims regularly. The interiors of this temple have idols of Lord Shiva along with Goddess Hadimba.