The state of Himachal Pradesh is known for housing some of the most beautiful locations in the country. All the 12 districts of the state contain spots that exhibit the epitome of nature’s beauty.
The Chamba district is no different. Whenever tourists visit the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is most definitely a spot on their itinerary.
However, people seem to miss out on the beautiful landscapes abundant in Khajjiar. It is yet another hill station in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh that is an ideal place to spend a weekend getaway. In fact, a traveler can visit Dalhousie as well as Khajjiar in a single trip. The two places are separated by a mere distance of 24 km.
If you’ve ever been to Switzerland before, Khajjiar will catch your eye by the virtue of having a similar topography. Well, there’s a reason the Indian hill-station being talked about is often called the mini-Switzerland of the country.
During your stay in Khajjiar, finding suitable accommodation won’t be a difficult task. Given the influx of tourists year after year, the HP tourism department looks after the management of some hotels as well as cottages in the area.
Moreover, private accommodation options will also be at your disposal. Traveling to Khajjiar is even comfortable if you have private transportation of your own. However, local bus connectivity is also available on a timely basis. You can even rent a car or some other vehicle to ease your travel to Khajjiar.
The weather conditions in Khajjiar take a lightly extreme turn during the winters. The summer season is moderate to pleasant. The minimum recorded temperature in the area is 0 degree Celsius whereas the maximum recorded temperature is 44 degree Celsius.
Now, let’s come to the question of the perfect time to visit Khajjiar. Broadly speaking, Khajjiar is a place that can be visited throughout the year. Every season has its own perks and advantages. The summers span from March to July whereas the winters begin in October and last until March. The monsoon season in Khajjiar is observed from July to August. A brief analysis of all main seasons in Khajjiar is laid down below:
March to July
This time period covers the summer season in Khajjiar. The temperature during this time doesn’t elevate to extreme levels. A moderate temperature makes summers a great time to visit Khajjiar. The summer season in this town is great for satisfying your appetite for adventure.
The pleasant climate in the area makes indulging in activities like zorbing, horse-riding, and paragliding even more fun. Furthermore, one must keep in mind that zorbing can’t be performed in the winter season. Due to the sports’ up and coming nature, the locals who make the necessary arrangements work during summers only. On the other hand, paragliding, as well as horse riding, are year-long affairs. Also, horse riding will even be cheaper than zorbing.
The summer season in Khajjiar is also a great time to pay a visit to the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. On your trip to the sanctuary, you’re likely to find animals like deer, jackals, bears, barking gorals, and more. Many species of birds also live within the confines of the sanctuary.
July to September
The Monsoon season usually wraps itself up by July, but the proper winter doesn’t begin until October. Therefore, tourists can even visit Khajjiar in September given the pleasant climate. The temperature during this month doesn’t go any lower than 23 degree Celsius or any higher than 34 degree Celsius.
In fact, September is a great time to enjoy a peaceful time near the Khajjiar Lake. The post-monsoon landscapes will look quite enticing to the tourists. At times, the serene view of the lake even captures the magnanimity of the sky above it in a perfect reflection.
The contrasting hues thus formed blow the minds of even the people who are hardly impressed by anything. The valley surrounding the lake is a delight of its own.
Photographers will be able to capture some great wide-angle shots during their visit to the Khajjiar Lake. If you are someone who longs for peaceful places, this is the spot you’ll keep coming back to time and again once you discover it. The scintillating aura of the lake provides an ideal atmosphere to wind down and relax.
Furthermore, the Khajinag Temple is also in the vicinity of the lake. You should know that this temple was built in the 12th century. So, if you want to catch a glimpse of the architecture of that era, pay a visit to the Khajinag temple. The adventure sports we talked about earlier can be performed at the Khajjiar Lake itself.
The Monsoons can prove difficult if you take ease of travelling into consideration. However, the month of September would be ideal for having a good time at Khajjiar.
October to March
This is a time when Khajjiar experiences a cold climate. The temperature falls low enough for snowfalls to take place. To be more precise, the temperature starts falling down rapidly from October onwards.
In October itself, it goes as allow as 16 degree Celsius. The subsequent months are even colder. The month immediately after October has 10 degree Celsius as the minimum temperature. January is the coldest month with temperature falling down to 4 degree Celsius at times. The temperature can deviate close to 0 degrees.
Transportation to Khajjiar is difficult during this time. Therefore, it is advised not to make plans for visiting the mini-Switzerland of India during the winter season.
From an argumentative point of view, the summer season would be the ideal time to visit Khajjiar. Well, the reason behind that is the climate of Khajjiar during summers. While the rest of the country faces peak temperatures, Khajjiar experiences a pleasant summer season. Moreover, the adventure sports in the area are also more active during the summers.
In a nutshell, Khajjiar is a place that you visit for the most part of the year. The months to avoid for a safer traveling experience are July, August, and the all of the winter season.