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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Khajjiar?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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If you happen to be in Khajjiar on your next vacation, we assure you that you are going to be spoilt for choices when it comes to planning your day. We give a few suggestions that may suit your schedule. Well, no compulsion as such, ultimately the choice has to be yours.

Day 1

  • Check into a hotel of your choice in the morning, rest for some time and have a refreshing breakfast. Post breakfast, first of all, head to Khajjinag Temple, the most sacred point in this town, located on Main District Road 49. After all, it’s always good to start your vacation on a religious note. If your hotel is more than 2 km away from this temple, you can hire a tonga for reaching it. Else, walking will be a pleasant exercise. The temple also has a fascinating mandapa where images of the five Pandavas and the defeated Kauravas hang from the roof. Don’t miss it.
  • Close to Khajjinag Temple is Hidimba Temple, dedicated to Hidimba, wife of the Pandava, Bhima and a demon herself. Visit this structure then. By around 2 pm in the afternoon, you can wrap up these two important religious sites.
  • For lunch, it is advisable to carry your food along, since there are hardly any eating joints, except a few stalls here and there. Savour your food in the calm breezes of the meadows with the majestic Dhauladhar hills surrounding you.
  • After lunch, head to the famous Khajjiar Lake, . The lake is an ideal spot for picnics. You can indulge in horse riding, boating or simple walks here.
  • Having spent your evenings lazing out here at Khajjiar Lake, you should head for your hotel after 6 pm room as it begins to get cold here as the night progresses. Indulge in a sumptuous meal at the hotel, light bonfires (if it’s allowed) and take adequate sleep so that you wake up fresh for your next day’s outings.

    Day 2
  • Right after a filling breakfast, put on your sports-gear on and head towards Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary. Located on the outskirts of the town, this exotic abode of multiple hues of flora and a wide variety of fauna is a natural habitat par excellence. There is a checkpoint at Lakar Mandi on the perimeter of the Sanctuary, which has breath-taking views of the mountains. It is possible to get a taxi over here or you can walk 3 km into the sanctuary. Trekking to this sanctuary is a favourite among tourists.
  • From here, head towards the snow-capped Bakrota Hills, which come on the way to Dalhousie from Khajjiar. The popular Alps Restaurant around here is a preferred stopover for tourists before they enter Dalhousie. Relish your lunch here.
  • Dalhousie is only 7 km away. Set on a shopping spree at the Tibetan Market, located at Gandhi Chowk which is all about buying handicrafts and items such as woollens, carpets and jewellery.
  • At Gandhi Chowk is St. John’s Church, believed to be the oldest shrine in the town.
  • Now, if you desire to go back to your abode in Khajjiar, it is advisable to leave Dalhousie by at least 7 p.m., preferably by a taxi.
    However, if you decide to stay back in one of the hotels here in Dalhousie for the night, then you can enjoy the odd bars in some of the hotels. Next day, you can visit
    Satdhara Falls, Panchpulla and Dainkund Peak, and then return to Khajjiar.

Well, this is just an overview of the destination. You may formulate an itinerary of your own, depending on your preferences.

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