Dalhousie is one of the most popular hill stations in Himachal Pradesh and much has been written about this place. Khajjiar is a lesser known treasure close to Dalhousie and we were very excited about this place. Khajjiar is a wide meadow with a small lake at its centre. The grazing sheep complete the picture, quite like what we imagined while reading Enid Blyton books.
Delhi to Dalhousie and Khajjiar by road
During our trip to Dalhousie we drove to Khajjiar which is about 25 kms higher. On route, we were pleasantly surprised to come across snow at various spots on the Dhauladhar range. This was perhaps the last trace of winter on these mountains and we found tourists making the most of it by posing with snowballs for their coolest FB pic!
Hotel options in Khajjiar
We had a booking at the HPTDC accommodation Hotel Devdar at Khajjiar. This was a log cabin and like most other HPTDC properties, the rooms were excellent and the window opened to the pine forests and the Dhauladhar range.
Their intercom system has broken down for some months and for room service we had to call on the designated staff’s mobile number. We actually found this cute and in line with the quaint charm that Khajjiar, as a British era hill station, exudes. However, IT has found its way up here as well and the dining room of the hotel had a free WIFI connection for the guests. A couple of other hotels have sprouted surrounding the meadow, but these did not look enticing.
Things to do in Khajjiar
By way of activities, we walked around the lake and the thick pine forests, had tea at one of the stalls in the meadow and visited the Khajji Nag temple. This is a 12th century temple dedicated to the Khajji Naag. Khajjiar is eponymous to this deity. Local drums and trumpets are played during the morning and evening aarati here and the melodious notes could be heard from far.
There are various hill stations in Himachal and we have visited many of them. However, the picturesque and still not touristy Khajjiar was a completely new experience. If there is a heaven on earth, it would probably look like this.