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Khajjiar

Khajjiar, a picturesque hill station nestled in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas. It is famous for its lush green plateau lined with dense pine and deodar forests that forms the start of the beautiful and magical Kalatop sanctuary.

In the foothills of the grand Dhauladhar ranges of Western Himalayas, lies Khajjiar, a lush green meadow with a stream filled lake set in the midst of a magnificent deodar forest.
Khajjiar was believed to have been formed by a meteoric strike millions of years ago that created an inverted dome shape on the earth. In the middle of the dome is the small lake and surrounding it is the forest known as Kalatop Sanctuary.
Kalatop is a less explored destination of Himachal that hides a beautiful and magical wilderness. The name Kalatop (black top) is derived from the dense deodhar and pine trees that provides a thick cover and stops sunlight from reching the ground. There are a number of walks inside the forest, and during sunset a fantastic scenery unfolds with the setting sun leaving behind a golden residue on the thick clouds.
Khajjiar is widely known for its panoramic scenery and is one of the 160 places throughout the world to have been designated “Mini Switzerland”.
Khajinag, an old golden domed temple, is the source of the name. A 10th century temple where a curious mix of Hindu and Mughal architecture is visible on the ceilings and wooden posts.  The temple is dedicated to the serpent god (Nag). The images of five Pandvas: Yudhishtra, Bhim, Arjun, Nakul and Sahdev is curved out of wood in the corners of the Mandapa of the temple.

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Kalatop is a dense forest area where the views of the surrounding landscape are breathtaking. Located on a hilltop, Kalatop sanctuary is on the way towards Dalhousie from Khajjiar. Pheasants, Serow and other variety of birds are seen in abundance with occasional spotting of black bears and leopards. The rest house in the sanctuary is located amidst a beautiful grove of conifers. This is a ideal place for travellers looking for solitude.
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GAGGAL AIRPORT 109 Km 01H 52m
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Dalhousie is one of the most picturesque hill stations, located in the Chamba Valley between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas. Named after a British Governor General, it retains a mix of natural beauty and colonial charm.
117 Km 01H 59m
Dharamsala has an aura about it. The town has lived up to its name, which means “The pilgrims’ rest house”; it is today the sacred seat of the Dalai Lama and his exiled government of Tibet. The backdrop of the Himalayas and the old world charm of the town adds to the magnetic attraction of the unique experience that is Dharamsala.
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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 10 °C 35 °C
Winter -2 °C 15 °C
The climate of Khajjiar is alpine Summers (April-June) are mild and in winter, the temperature gets very low because of cold winds.
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