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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Khajjiar?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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So, history has been your favourite subject since school? And even now, when you go to a destination, you feel like exploring how the culture of that place has been shaped by its unique history? Well, be grateful to all those historians before you who have made your quest easier.

Along with Dalhousie, Khajjiar is a lovely hill station in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at the foothills of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges of Himalayas. Notably, this is one of the very few places on the globe that boast of 3 different ecosystems in one single place-lake, pasture and forest.

The place derived its name from its ancient idol called Khajji Nag, which is still revered highly and worshipped by the locals. Khajji Nag is a stone idol which has a mace in hand and a khanda (a double dagger) in the other. The town of Khajjiar has a temple dedicated to this deity, called Golden Devi Temple, which is believed to have been built in 12th century.

The history of Khajjiar is intertwined between the history of Chamba valley and that of Dalhousie. The last account of the region is that of 6th century when Chamba valley was being ruled by Rajput leaders as the capital of their kingdom. The Mughals took over the territory in the medieval times and then it was captured by the Sikh rulers. Later, the British empire established a monopoly over the region. Dalhousie too was established by them.

Post-independence, Khajjiar was made a part of the state of Himachal Pradesh on April 15, 1948. The picturesque Khajjiar is known as the Mini Switzerland of India, owing to its resplendent valleys and green meadows, apart from bearing a topographical resemblance to Switzerland. Khajjiar was christened so on July 7, 1992 by the then Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India, Willy Blazer.

The Chamba district that surrounds this place is home to ancient Hindu tribes such as Gaddis and Gujjars, which has consequently affected the culture of Khajjiar also. The populace is warm and hospitable and many still adhere to the old-world charm that the British legacy has left behind it. Since it is a small town, the society is quite close-knit and people do not quite follow the metropolitan lifestyle. Tourism and trade are important economic activities. It is a popular destination for honeymooners.

All in all, the fine deodars and pines, the pleasant climate conditions and the particularly amazing apple orchards always leave visitors wanting for more.

Yes, we know you are already reaching for that suitcase. Go ahead and unfold the magic of this place! With the best places to visit in Khajjar, enjoy the history and culture of the hill station.

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