Khajjiar

This ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India is a hillcity 25 kms away from Dalhousie. Green meadows, forests and lakes make it the perfect for a weekend getaway. Dense deodar and fir trees thrive abundantly in this ecosystem. There are a variety of easy to moderately difficult trekking trails here. The town also offers other adventure activities like paragliding, zorbing and horseback riding

The prime tourist attraction is the Khajjiar Lake. The sparkling blue waters reflecting the sky is a beautiful sight to behold. By boating in the clear waters one can  enjoy the picturesque sunset. Khajjiar Nag temple is just a short walk away from the lake. Constructed in the 12th century it has statue of Shiva and Hidimba. Famous for its gilded dome is the Golden Devi temple which is also very close to the Khajjiar Lake. This place also houses a Shiva statue which is the tallest in the state at 85 feet.

Kalatop wildlife sanctuary has a dense forest cover and is home to leopards, bears, Himalayan Black Marten, and barking goral. Tiny rivulets of water are also found here making it a good hiking spot. The different species are birds are a treat for those with an interest in photography. The hill station has shops selling Himachali and Tibetan handicrafts.