Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh – The Mini-Switzerland of India

Khajjiar, popularly known as the mini-Switzerland of India is located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The nearest famous hill-station Dalhousie is located about 25 km away from Khajjiar.

Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar Lake-the saucer-shaped meadow

Swiss Hiking signboard

Khajjiar signboard

The yellow Swiss Hiking signboard showing the distance between Khajjiar and the Swiss capital Bern

Khajjiar was brought on the world tourism map by Mr. Willy T. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in 1992, and he was the one to name it “The Mini Switzerland of India”. He also put a sign board of a yellow Swiss hiking footpath showing the distance from Khajjiar to the Swiss capital Bern-6194 km.

Khajjiar meadows

Khajjiar meadows

Khajjiar meadows

Khajjiar lake area is a saucer-shaped lush-green piece of land, surrounded by forests and meadows. Situated at the foothills of Western Himalayas, Khajjiar is a very rare  combination of 3 different ecosystems blended together: forest, lake and pasture.

forest department khajjiar

The small guest/office by the forest department

Across the world, there are about 160 locations that hold topographical similarities with Switzerland, and Khajjiar happens to be one of them. Hence it is also known as the mini-Switzerland of India.

car parking khajjiar

Alloted parking spaces-Khajjiar

Most visitors travel to Khajjiar by their private or rented vehicles. A huge allotted parking space around the beautiful plateau gives the visitors a chance to park their vehicles and enjoy the walk in the thick pine forests or walk around the green pastures.

Khajjiar Lake

Khajjiar Lake view

Khajjiar Lake view

There is a beautiful lake in the middle of the plateau and usually the climate is very pleasant with beautiful Himalayan peaks at a distant vision.

Khajjiar walkway to the lake

Khajjiar walkway to the lake, horses ready to be ridden also seen in the pic

Children would love to roll around on the lush pastures without the fear of getting hurt. Horse riding is another attraction for adults and kids alike. Also, a big attraction is the pet rabbits that you can hold and play with for a stipulated time by paying money to their owners. The mere experience of playing with those fury cuddly creatures in such gorgeous lush pastures is nothing short of a dream, and straight out of a Bollywood movie.

Khajjiar visitors enjoy a panoramic view of the dense deodars, pines and lush green meadows, with the beautiful and serene Dauladhar mountains in the backdrop.