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Khajjiar's 5 epic adventure activities that define pure adrenaline

Khajjiar's 5 epic adventure activities that define pure adrenaline
ADVENTURE

By Janhavi Raut

01 Mar, 2024

Khajjiar, often referred to as the 'Mini-Switzerland of India,' is a charming town located just 20 kilometers from Dalhousie, making it an ideal destination for a day trip or an overnight stay. Renowned for its picturesque grassy meadows and the serene Khajjiar Lake at its center, this destination is a haven for adventure enthusiasts, offering a variety of exhilarating activities that promise to leave you thrilled and craving for more!

Whether you're interested in trying out adventure sports such as paragliding, zorbing, and horse-riding or simply want to immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes, Khajjiar has something for everyone. Additionally, the town is famous for its nine-hole golf course, surrounded by lush greenery and captivating scenery.

Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar Grounds

Keep in mind that the way to Khajjiar can be closed during winter due to heavy snowfall. Situated at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the town experiences chilly temperatures and occasional snowfall during the winter months, making it an ideal time for those who enjoy winter sports and the beauty of snow-covered mountains.

Did you know? The title 'Mini Switzerland' was officially given on July 7, 1992, by Willy Blazer, the then Vice-Counsellor and Head of the Chancery of Switzerland in India. He even placed a signboard indicating the distance between Khajjiar and the Swiss capital, Bern. Additionally, he took a stone from Khajjiar to be installed in a stone collage around the Swiss Parliament, serving as a constant reminder of Khajjiar as the 'Mini Switzerland'.

How to reach Khajjiar:

By Air: The nearest airport is Pathankot (99 km) Other accessible airports are Kangra (130 km), Amritsar (220 km) and Chandigarh (400 km).

By Train: The nearest airport is Pathankot (94 km).

By Road: Himachal Road Transport Corporation has main bus stands in Shimla, Solan, Kangra, Dharamshala, and Pathankot.

Best time to visit Khajjiar:

The best time to visit Khajjiar is during spring (March to June) and autumn (September to November). During these periods, the weather is pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 12 to 25 degrees Celsius, providing ideal conditions for outdoor activities and exploration.

Avoiding the monsoon season (July to August) is advisable due to heavy rainfall, which can disrupt travel plans and outdoor activities. Winters (December to February) bring about chilly temperatures and occasional snowfall, providing an ideal setting for those who relish winter sports and the vibe of snowy fun.

Khajjiar town

Quaint little town Khajjiar

5 Adventure activities that you can dive into in Khajjiar

1. Zorbing:

One of the most popular adventure activities in Khajjiar is Zorbing. Picture yourself rolling down a hill inside a giant transparent ball with nothing but gravity pulling you down. Zorbing in Khajjiar is a truly heart-racing experience that is bound to leave you exhilarated. As you glide down the slopes, the surrounding scenery flashes past you, creating a sense of thrill and excitement.

Places for Zorbing in Khajjiar: The Khajjiar Lake, Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary

Best Times to do Zorbing in Khajjiar: Spring and autumn months

Timings: 8.30 AM – 6.30 PM

Zorbing Cost: Starts from INR 300

People enjoying the activity of zorbing in Khajjiar

Zorbing in Khajjiar

2. Jungle safari in Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary:

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary with a thrilling jungle safari. Hop on a specially designed safari vehicle and explore the dense forests, spotting various species of flora and fauna. From deer to leopards and a wide variety of animals, this sanctuary never fails to amaze wildlife enthusiasts. As you traverse the sanctuary, your senses are heightened by the sights and sounds of the wilderness. Spotting elegant deers, elusive leopards, playful langurs, and a kaleidoscope of bird species like include the Himalayan Monal, Koklass Pheasant, Western Tragopan, Himalayan Woodpecker, adds an element of excitement to the journey. The sanctuary's diverse ecosystem ensures that every turn in the trail unveils a new facet of the natural world, creating a sensory spectacle that captivates wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Cost: INR 250 (Vehicle entry fee)

Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM

Main Wildlife Attractions: leopard, deer, langur, leopard, Goral, squirrel, serow.

Coverage Area: 30.69 sq. km.

Way to Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Way to Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

3. Paragliding:

Get ready to soar high in the sky and witness Khajjiar's beauty from a whole new perspective with paragliding. Experience the rush of adrenaline as you take off from a hilltop and glide through the air like a bird. The panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, lakes, and forests will leave you breathless. Khajjiar's favourable wind conditions make it an ideal destination for paragliding, ensuring an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers.

Cost: INR 2000 – INR 4000

Activity Duration: 3-10 mins

Age limit: Above 14 years of age

Activity Location: Khajjiar Lake

Paraglider taking off at Khajjiar

Paraglider taking off at Khajjiar

4. Horse riding:

Another thrilling adventure activity that Khajjiar offers is horse riding. Explore the mesmerizing landscapes while riding a horse, feeling the wind in your face as you trot through the meadows and forests. Horse riding provides the opportunity to cover more ground, allowing you to venture into areas that may be otherwise inaccessible on foot, with options ranging from 2-5 kilometers to more extended routes of 6-7 kilometers. Whether you're a novice or an experienced rider, this activity caters to all levels, ensuring an exhilarating experience for everyone.

It is an ideal activity for families, friends, and solo adventurers, providing a unique perspective of Khajjiar.

Location: Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Duration: Morning to Sunset

Distance Covered: 2-5 KM or 6-7 KM

Travellers having fun riding horses at Kalatop

Travellers having fun riding horses at Kalatop

5. Golfing in Khajjiar:

Khajjiar, known as the 'Mini-Switzerland of India,' boasts a nine-hole golf course surrounded by lush plains. It is accessible to all levels of players. The ground is adorned with far-stretched lush green turf which creates a very soothing effect on your eyes. You can take a stroll and even play if you wish to. Prices for golfing can be obtained locally.

Picture of nine holes golfing course in Khajjiar

Nine holes golfing course in Khajjiar

5 Other places to visit near Khajjiar:

1. Dalhousie (22 km): Offering stunning views of the Himalayan ranges, Dalhousie is a charming hill station with colonial architecture, picturesque churches, and natural wonders like Panchpula and Khajjiar Lake.

Dalhousie

Hotel Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh 

2. Chamba (50 km): Known for its rich history, Chamba features ancient temples, palaces, and museums. Highlights include the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Chamera Dam, Bhuri Singh Museum, and Rang Mahal.

3. Bharmour (70 km): Famous for its ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Bharmour is home to the Chaurasi Temple complex, housing 84 ancient temples. The town is also a starting point for the trek to Manimahesh Lake.

Mani Mahesh LAke

Manimahesh Lake

4. Sach Pass (100 km): A high mountain pass known for its scenic beauty and challenging trekking routes. Connecting Chamba valley with Pangi Valley, Sach Pass is accessible only during the summer months, making it a haven for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

5. McLeod Ganj (125.8 km): Located 125.8 kilometers away, McLeod Ganj is famed for its Tibetan culture and is the residence of the Dalai Lama. A hub for spirituality and adventure, it offers the popular Triund trek and hosts the Tsuglagkhang Complex, featuring the Namgyal Monastery. The journey promises scenic beauty, cultural exploration, and a Himalayan retreat. For those seeking comfortable accommodation during their visit, consider checking out The Hosteller Mcleodganj for a memorable stay amidst the serene surroundings.

Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj Town 

Khajjiar, appropriately recognized as the 'Mini-Switzerland of India,' engages visitors with its captivating landscapes and a variety of adventure activities. From the mind-blowing experience of Zorbing to the wild ride in the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary and the adventure of paragliding, trekking, horse riding, and golfing, Khajjiar presents a unique blend of nature and excitement.

The town's appeal goes beyond its adventure offerings, encompassing a deep cultural history and tranquil beauty. As a versatile destination, Khajjiar assures an indelible retreat for nature enthusiasts seeking tranquility and thrill-seekers desiring excitement. Whether appreciating the serene beauty or engaging in high-energy activities, Khajjiar guarantees a comprehensive and revitalizing experience for all.

Frequently asked questions:

Is Khajjiar open during winter?

Yes, Khajjiar can be closed during winter due to heavy snowfall. It's advisable to check road conditions before planning a visit.

What is the best time to visit Khajjiar?

The best time to visit Khajjiar is during spring (March to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities.

Are there age restrictions for adventure activities?

Age limits vary for different activities. For example, paragliding typically has a minimum age requirement of 14 years.

How much does Zorbing cost in Khajjiar?

Zorbing in Khajjiar starts from INR 300, making it an affordable adventure option.

What wildlife can be seen in Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary?

Wildlife in the sanctuary includes leopard, deer, langur, Goral, squirrel, serow, various bird species, and more.

Can I go trekking in Khajjiar during winter?

Yes, trekking in Khajjiar during winters is safe with precautions. For more information you can click here.  

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