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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the tips and guidelines for someone visiting Khajjiar?

Rb Trivedi DEC 10 2012
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Is the wait to set foot on the beautiful terrains of Khajjiar seeming too long? We suggest you make a note these guidelines before you finally pick your travel bags up and step out of your house.

Weather and Nature

  • Khajjiar is a hilly region. Do not forget to carry woollens for the vacation as it gets cold even during summers. During winters (
    October to February), temperature may even drop to below freezing point sometimes. So, heavy woollens are required.
    The summer season (
    March to June) is clearly a favourite amongst tourists, owing to its favourable weather conditions.
  • Do carry an umbrella if it’s cloudy. Mild showers of rain are quite frequent, especially in monsoons.
  • If you can manage, you should bring a telescope or binoculars here as the night sky is very beautiful and clear to be explored.


  • Do not rely on the local
    tongas plying in the city as an efficient means of transport. They are fun to ride but they do not run on longer routes.
  • Taxis here do not run on meters, so do not be taken in by the drivers who demand absurd fares. Negotiate before you get into the vehicle.


  • Khajjiar Lake
     is very suitable for picnicking. However, do not stay here till late hours in the evening, as it gets quite chilling here then.
  • If you are visiting Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary, do remember that private vehicles are not allowed inside the premises. If you are still keen on taking your own vehicle inside the sanctuary, then a permission from the Forest Officer in Chamba must be taken in advance.
    Do look for
     'ghoral' and Himalayan black bear.
    The months of March, April, May, September, October, November are said to be the best time to come visiting at this place.
  • If you are a devout Hindu, you might want to travel a bit to Chamba and pay a visit to many local temples such as Laxmi Narayan Temple, Chammunda Devi Temple.
    Do remember to follow the local customs such as taking off your shoes at the entrance, maintaining a modest posture, etc. The locals are the best guides for all these things.
  • If you decide to visit the nearby Bharmour village to pay your homage to the famous Chaurasi Temple, be aware that the village is unfortunately a home to many dump yards which give out a very terrible smell and are a breeding ground for infections. So, make proper arrangements, such as carrying scarves, handkerchiefs, etc and cover your body well. Take cleaner routes.

    Stay and Eat

  • Since Khajjiar is a small town, there aren’t many stay options available to travellers. So, it is advisable to make a prior booking so that you don’t find yourself shelterless when you reach here.
  • Many hotels here are surrounded by meadows or forests. As a result, you may have to face the menace of insects and mosquitoes in the night when you switch on the lights of your hotel room. Remember to talk about it with the hotel authorities. If this does help, try carrying insect-repellents, sprays, etc yourself.


  • Lastly, do not forget to keep some emergency numbers handy. Here are some-
    Local Taxi Union: +91-1899- 242739
    Police Station (headquarters): +91-1899-222290
    Hospital Casualty(headquarters): +91-1899-222392
    District Forest Officer(headquarters): +91-1899-222239

With all these cautions and tips in mind, we are sure your vacation will be a fantastic joyride across the hills of Khajjiar. Don’t you agree?

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