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7 Best Places to Visit in Khajjiar Himachal Pradesh, India
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7 Best Places to Visit in Khajjiar Himachal Pradesh, India

This beautiful place bears a very striking resemblance to Switzerland’s topography, the well known romanticizing location. Khajjiar is located at the foot of Dhauladkar , in the lap of Himalayas and is 2000 meters above sea level. A beautiful panoramic view of the densely populated forests and the meadows and snowy peaks of Himalayas can be captured. Summer months are the best to visit this place as it wouldn’t be too cold and the hill station would be laden with beautiful flowers which makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit in India.  Khajji Nag Temple Khajji Nag Temple was built way back in 12 Century AD. This temple is located near the lake and is also believed to be one of the holiest temples in Himachal Pradesh. This ancient temple has a mandapa inside it where you can see the hanging images of Kauravas with the defeated Pandavas (From the ancient epic Mahabharata). Khajji Nag Temple is dedicated to Khajji Nag who is known to be the Lord or the Serpents. This temple is located in the beautiful Chamba District and is a very popular tourist attraction. The construction of Khajji Nag Temple started in 10th Century AD and this temple reflects a mix of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The chambers of this beautiful temple are carved out of wood and the interiors have idols of Lord Shiva along with Goddess Hadimba. Khajjiar Lake and Ground Khajjiar Lake & Ground is a beautiful place and is a real treat to the eyes. This place bears a striking resemblance to lush green Switzerland and can be reached via Bakrota Hills from Dalhousie. While you move towards Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, you would be able to see the Lakkad Mandi. When you move further down, you can see the Khajjiar Ground and the extremely beautiful lake located centrally in it. This place has been a part of lot of Bollywood Movies including Shahrukh Khan, Kajol & Rani Mukherjee Starrer “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”. The Khajjiar lake is considered a holy lake because of its association with the idol of Khajji Nag Temple. Khajjiar Lake is located at about 20 km from Dalhousie and it is spread over an area of 5000 sq yards. The lake has been a major tourist spot because of the grasses and weeds that have grown on it which looks like a floating island. The Khajjiar Ground  is located at an elevation of 1950 m above the sea level and is a popular place to spend your day with friends and loved ones. Kailash View If you stand on the Khajjiar Ground, you will be able to see glimpses of Mount Kailash (Known as Kailash Parvat in Hindi). It is said that Mount Kailash used to be home to Lord Shiva and he resides there.  Khajjiar Villages Khajjiar is also popular for its beautiful & small Villages like Rota, ladi etc which are situated near the slopes. Within the tall deodar forests of Khajjiar these villages are quite near to the ground of Khajjiar. These small villages are quite popular in this area for Apple Orchards.  Panch Pandav Tree The Panch Pandav Tree is a very popular tree located in the ground of Khajjiar and famous for its shoots. This tree is located near a rest house while moving towards Khajjiar School. There are a total of 6 shoots coming out of the tree. However, the shoots and the main root of the tree are the same. Local people of Khajjiar say that the five shoots of the this tree stands for the Five Pandavas and the last one stands for Draupadi. Trees having many shoots is not a surprise in Khajjiar. When you move on the way to Dalhousie from Khajjiar, there is a tree with 13 shoots! This tree is also known to be “Mother Tree” of the whole region.  Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary Located in between Oak and coniferous trees, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 19.63 sq km. This lovely sanctuary is has species like deer, serow, jackal, leopard, black bear, wild cats, Himalayan black marten and others. While you are in the Sanctuary you would also be able to see many endangered species of animals and birds. This sanctuary is located in between Dalhousie and Khajjiar.  Golden Devi Temple Situated on the edge of Khajjiar Lake, the Golden temple is a major attraction due to the golden spire of the temple. Due to its Golden dome, this temple is named Golden Devi Temple. When you visit this temple, don’t forget to visit a golf course which located near it & is a popular tourist attraction.
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