Khajjiar

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Khajjiar is a hill station in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, India, located approximately 24 km from Dalhousie. Khajjiar sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds.

The hill station is surrounded by meadows and forests. It is about 6,500 feet (2,000 m) above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and peaks can be seen in the distance.It is part of the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary.Khajjiar can be reached from Dalhousie, the nearest major town and hill station, by bus in an hour or so. It has a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture and forest.There is a hotel and some cottages run by HP Tourism at Khajjiar where the tourists can stay. Besides that, there are two rest houses one each of P.W.D. and Forest Deptt. A couple of private hotels have also come up, which do not match the above places in terms of location and amenities.

History


Khajjiar derives its name from the ancient idol, Khajji Naag, which is still celebrated and worshipped by the locals of this hill station. Khajji Naag is a stone idol, which has a double dagger in one hand and a mace in the other. The town has a 12th-century temple, the Golden Devi Temple, dedicated to this deity as well. The history of Khajjiar dates back to the 6th century when the Rajput leaders ruled over the area. With the downfall of the Rajputs in the medieval times, the rule passed on to the Mughals, till the Sikhs took over. During the times of the East India Company, the entire area came under the British territory, to remain so for more than a century. British influence is still observed in the lifestyle of people and architecture of the town. On 15th April 1948 after the independence of India, Khajjiar was made a part of Himachal Pradesh. In 1992, when the Vice Counsellor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland, Willy Blazer visited India, he was absolutely awe-struck by the beauty of Khajjiar and christened it as the Mini Switzerland of India on 7th July the same year. The rule of such diverse kings and emperors is the reason for the kaleidoscopic population of this town.

Along with Dalhousie, Khajjiar is a lovely hill station in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at the foothills of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges of Himalayas. Notably, this is one of the very few places on the globe that boast of 3 different ecosystems in one single place-lake, pasture and forest.The place derived its name from its ancient idol called Khajji Nag, which is still revered highly and worshipped by the locals. Khajji Nag is a stone idol which has a mace in hand and a khanda (a double dagger) in the other. The town of Khajjiar has a temple dedicated to this deity, called Golden Devi Temple, which is believed to have been built in 12th century.


state Himachal Pradesh,India
Country India
Area 1,920 m (6,300 ft)
Languages Hindi,Pahari,Nepali,English
Currency Ruppee

Khajjiar Lake is situated

Khajjiar Lake is situated in Khajjiar, in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated at a height of around 1,920 m above sea level between Dalhousie and Chamba Town.

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Khajji Nag Temple

Khajjiar is very famous for Kajji Naga Temple, which is in close proximity to the famous Khajjiar Lake. The temple stands decked with a golden dome and spire due to which it is known as 'Golden Devi' temple.

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Kailash View

Mount Kailash , which forms part of Transhimalaya in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.Kailash lies near the source of some of the longest Asian rivers: the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Ghaghara .

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Panch Pandav Tree

On the right side is the photograph of one of the rest houses in Khajjiar. This one is special because the tree near the rest house is of a very different kind. It is called the "Panch Pandav" (Five Pandavs).

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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is a 30.69 km² animal sanctuary at Kalatop and Khajjiar in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The sanctuary area is well laid out for trekking trails both at Kalatop and Khajjiar.

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Golden Devi Temple

This temple is also known as the Golden Devi temple situated on Khajjiar Lake. This temple was constructed in the 12th century.

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Khajjiar Villages

Besides the view of the Lake in the middle of the ground, there is a lot more to explore. Outside the Khajjiar ground is thick deodar forest and amidst the forest, there are a few small villages i.e. rota village, ladi village etc.

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Tibetan Handicrafts Center

A good place to buy souvenirs and gifts for friends and family. You can find some decent traditional Tibetan items.

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Lord Shiva Statue

Here in this article we are talking about one of the tallest statue of Lord Shiva's in Himachal Pradesh and it is situated in the Khajjiar which is about 85 foot in height. This statue is about 25 km from the Chamba, you can reach this place by bus or taxi and the best season to visit this place is in summer..

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Kulcha Chana Chaat

Kulcha Chana Chaat Popular Indian Street Food,Spicy Snack Of India | Chamba - Khajjiar Special.

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The choices for food and cuisines here is not exactly elaborate and options tend to be limited. Other than these one can try the noodles and soup that a number of street .

Pakodas

Khajjiar usually takes about an hour from Dalhousie, but we wanted to do some sightseeing on the way, so negotiated a trip to a few scenic points on the way.

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After Satdhara and Panchpulla near Dalhousie (both were nothing much to write about in April, possibly they are places to visit after the rains), we landed at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.

Alu Tikiya

There were many activities on the Khajjiar. A number of people approached us offering horse rides or photography dressed in ethnic Himachali dresses.

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The restaurants were serving stuff like Chana Bhatura and Chhole Khuche, but we decided to satiate ourselves with some street food from a guy selling vegetarian tikiyas in a bun with some chatpata chutney.

Chicken with Rice

The food we tried at Hotel Devdar was essentially Punjabi. We looked around for some Himachali thalis but we were told that the cuisine in this part of Himachal is predominantly Punjabi influenced.

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The Chicken Rahra and the Butter Chicken at the hotel did not disappoint us.

Chicken Rahra

Next day we set out to visit Chamera Lake, about 50 kilometres away. The journey takes you up and down the hills and provides breathtaking views. Near the town of Chamba, the road starts travelling along the River Ravi.

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Chamera is an artificial lake created for the nearby Chamera Dam, and the location provides some exquisite views of the valleys around it. Boating in the reservoir was fun too.

Snacks

A trip also have the in-room dining option and serves a variety of dishes from Western, Indian cuisine.Continental dishes and Chinese dishes, is open for breakfast.

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lunch, dinner and even offers snacks between meals, and the Hotel also serves coffee, tea, other drinks and snacks.