Khajjiar glooms of blissful pleasantries and activities all year- the best time to visit Khajjiar is often debated as each season reeks of newness for the travellers' eyes.

With an alpine climate and picturesque meadows, Khajjiar is a calm green paradise in summers, surrounded by the high vegetative environment of pines, deodars and rhododendrons. A small walk across the town is enough to soak the sun. Since the hill stands at 1,960 metres above sea level, the summers are cooler than the neighbouring cities hence the tourists often dwell into a plethora of activities that the hill station offers in summers.

There are many exciting activities to be a part of like zorbing or horseback riding- almost all activities including paragliding and boating are available throughout the summer. A trek through the green pastures of Khajjiar is more accessible. The tourists can watch a spectacular sunset from the viewpoint in the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.

Khajjiar, ‘The Switzerland of India’ disguises as a different entity with winters and monsoons. Winters arises with white sheets spreading through the hills.
  Winters are chill and bitter sometimes. Though the roads get blocked during snowfall but drive through Khajjiar, especially the cold lakes are a delight and sometimes a hot cuppa watching the landscape is a tempest. 

The fresh patches of monsoons come with rejuvenating rain, the land smiles with unpredictable sprinkles, welcoming the tourists without an umbrella over the land.
This essence of Khajjiar cannot be the same in every season.

Here are the best seasons to visit Khajjiar:

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Khajjiar in Winter

Khajjiar converts into cold harvest from October to March. The chills of winter may seem severe and snow fakes take over the landscape. The temperature falls below the freezing point and the roads get blocked with landslides. Nothing stops a snow lover from rushing through the hilltops or just observing the flakes from a window sill.

A lot of tourists, indulge in the road trips from Dalhousie or Chamba - driving along magical views. The Winters make for a romantic trip. The treks are extremely popular, some other popular places to visit in Khajjiar, in winters include the Lord Shiva Statue.

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The Khajjiar Trek

Snow treks are a delight to the visitors and popular in Khajjiar. A 1.4 km trek through the beautiful landscape and views of Khajjiar is breathtaking. The scenic landscape with streams and the folks of rich Deodar and Pine trees makes for a bewitching experience. With winters, though the trek can be a bit challenging, it provides a different perspective.

An 8.6 km Khajjiar trek from Dalhousie to Khajjiar is clearly marked. At the midpoint is the Pholani Devi temple at Dainkund where the trekkers can submerge into the panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Lord Shiva Statue

The glistening statue of Lord Shiva stands at 85 Ft is one of the tallest in state Himachal Pradesh. With a backdrop of Mani Mahesh Peak and the Jagadamba Mata Mandir, one cannot miss sighting it in Khajjiar.

Visitors frequent the statue in June-July while visiting a temple festival near the statue. In winter months, the statue masks itself in flakes of snow partially covering the bronze structure making the backdrop and the statue looks more majestic.

Kailash Village

The friendly community of local Khajjiar resides in the middle of the dense pine and deodar. With views of lush mountains, picturesque villages are apt to experience the local country life.
Though popular throughout the year for the comfortable stay, relaxed environment and authentic Himachal food, the snow whipped mountains of Mount Kailash with green pastures rejuvenate the eyes greatly in winter.

The area surrounding the village is filled with apple orchards. Villages like Rota and Ladi should be visited, to experience the thrilling views.


The temperature in winters stays between 0 degrees Celsius at night (minimum)  to 17 degrees Celsius during the day(maximum).

Khajjiar in Summer

Khajjiar welcomes the warm summer between March and June.With the elevation of land, the summers are mild in the hill station. The days are sunny though pleasant when compared to the rest of India. The landfills up with lush greenery, good enough to roll in the grass and soak up the sun. A picnic beside the lake or a horseback ride, there are enough leisurely activities to do.

The nights are pleasant but colder than the day, enough to camp out during some warmer nights. Summers are a good time to do most activities. Travellers can trek to Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary or visit the hang around the lake. The visitors can also enjoy horse riding and indulge activities such as zorbing.

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Khajjiar Lake

The Khajjiar Lake is surrounded by green waves of grass during summer - great for a picnic or just to spend some alone time. Engulfed by deodar trees, the lake is supremely popular for the scenic surrounding views. The mesmerising enchants of the chills of the air attracts people for an early morning walk. Although commercialised, the Khajjiar Lake is used as a stopover for other attractions or visited as a part of a trek.

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

In between Dalhousie and Khajjiar, a 12 km trek away is the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Surrounded by fresh rejuvenating air, a cluster of beautiful birds like Black Headed Jay, Chestnut Billed Rock Thrush, Grey Headed Cannery Flycatcher folk the skies. The sanctuary has a green park, a lake right in the centre, a popular sunset viewpoint and the dense forest with pines — cedar and blue, deodar, rhododendron, firs and oaks like moru and ban.

Some animals to watch out in the wilderness are Bear, Himalayan Black Marten, Barking Goral, Langur, Himalayan Tahr, Goral, Ibex, Muntjak.,
The wind and birds chirping absorb the traveller into the ambience. 

Zorbing and Horse Riding

Zorbing through the fresh inclined green lawns is an activity to cherish in summer. In the midst of the trees and views, the thrill of being locked in the transparent ball, and pushed through the low hills are extremely different. The slopes provide a safe distance and after all the screaming has peaked, the gentle ambience rushes more enthusiasm.

Horseback riding is popularly used as the local commute. As a tourist in Khajjiar,
  it is obvious to take a little ride, through the area. The horses are well trained, and the journey is extremely beautiful with sufficient scenic rides. Mountain Kailash, the religious abode of Lord Shiva can also be reached on a trained horse.The area around Khajjiar Lake is popular for hosting horse rides and Zorbing.


In summer, ranges from around 10°C at night (minimum) to 39°C during the day (maximum)

Khajjiar in Monsoon

Monsoon season in Khajjiar starts in July and lasts till September.With the seasonal sprinkles, the weather tends to be pleasant. The rainfalls at about 160 cms making the mountains greener and the streams gleam with glee. The hill station transforms into versatile colours of flowers and tempts the travellers for a visit.Though the hills are accessible and wondrous throughout the year, the essence of monsoons spices the scene.

Monsoons bring life to Khajjiar and also ensure that the adventure activities are not halted, hence making it more accessible to the tourists with a different flavour of the land. Most people find monsoons as the best time to visit Khajjiar. This is the best time to indulge in activities like paragliding and boating.

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Paragliding in the Himalayas

The colourful valley with slopes and curves is thrilling to view from a height. Paragliding during monsoon is both adventurous as well as a visual splendour. Leaping into the moist winds, soaring like an eagle in the sky and viewing the reckoning meadows, the dense trees and the Khajjiar Valley in monsoon mist like a bird from distance elevates adrenaline. The bird's eye inspection is definitely an unmatched experience to cherish in a lifetime.

Panch Pandav Tree

Though an easy and simple view in summer, the moist view of the Panch Pandav Tree is extremely different in monsoon and in winter. In winters fill the area with snow, but the monsoons paint hues to the local site. The area around is maintained well.
  It is located on the ground of Khajjiar, close to the Khajjiar school. 

The tree has a total of 6 shoots coming out of it. The tree is believed to depict the five Pandavas and Draupadi. Once you enter the village area, the tree with 15 shots, all of the almost same height can be easily spotted.

Khajji Nag Temple

Decked with a golden dome and spire, also known as 'Golden Devi' temple, placed close to Khajjiar Lake is Khajji Naga Temple, The temple dates back to the 12th century AD shrine dedicated to Naga - the lord of serpents. The temple has numerous snake idols. The temple is known for its architectural elegance with wooden carvings on the ceilings and wooden posts.

The Khajji Nag Temple is located close to the Lake and can be visited throughout the year.


The seasonal temperature, in monsoon, ranges between 22 degrees Celsius(Night) to a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius(Day)

People Also Ask About Khajjiar

  1. What is the best time to visit Khajjiar for snowfall?

    The best time to visit Khajjiar for snowfall is the winter season between October to March. The valleys, forests, roads and surrounding houses are covered with the white sheet of snow making it a picturesque location for snow lovers.
  2. Which month is best to visit Khajjiar?

    Khajjiar is a destination which could be visited any time of the year according to your preference. If you wish to enjoy a mild summer then visit between April to June. In case you are a snow lover, months between November to March will be perfect. Lastly, you can also visit there between July to September to enjoy rainfall.
  3. How many days are enough for Khajjiar?

    3 nights and 4 days are more sufficient to cover all the important places of Khajjiar. However, you can extend the number of days according to your preference.
  4. What are the best things to do in Khajjiar?

    1. Road trip from Dalhousie or Chamba: Take a road trip amidst the mountainous slopes, coniferous vegetation, lush valleys, clear skies with your friends, family, better half or even alone.
    2. Treks: Trekking is a very popular activity to do in the hill stations and Khajjiar also has numerous peaks like Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can trek to.
    3. Picnic beside the lake: Settled in the foot of the Khajjiar valley, Khajjiar Lake is surrounded by a lot of greenery where you can have a great picnic with your friends. Also, you can club your picnic with a horseback ride across the valley.
    4. Camping: Camping on the lakeside is the best thing to do in Khajjiar. You can set up your camps and a bonfire where you all can have a great dance 
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