Khajjiar was formed by a meteor hit many years ago which gives it a unique inverted dome structure. Right in between the dome is a small lake and surrounding the lake is lush green ground. At the end of the ground is the forest of Deodhar and Pine trees.
Our 2nd day stop was Khajjiar. Khajjiar is at 6750 feet and a very popular tourist path. The unique and unusual structure attracts a lot of tourists in Himachal Pradesh. The Switzerland government has officially declared it as mini-Switzerland. So it was sheer heaven when we reached Khajjiar after almost walking for 4-5 hours.
It was mostly a downhill task but the walking and the heavy load on the back was tiring. After some time you shoulders become immune to the weight. The weight is still there but you just don’t feel the shoulders
We reached Khajjiar at around 1:30 PM and we were given till 4:00 to enjoy the place.
The place sits cozily between the mountains. When we reached there, it was quite a good weather but soon snow started falling. Continuous snow covered the greenish yellow ground in minutes
This mini-Switzerland is very close from the actual Switzerland. Just 6194 Kilometers to be precise. As I said very close!
The snow covered the grounds in minutes. A lot of rumbling indicating of a bad weather were heard of the mountains. Sometimes the lightening felt too close for comfort.
Heavy snow fall in Khajjiar and snow falling in the lake in middle. There was a lot of lightening in the mountains behind.
The one thing we always noticed about Dalhousie and neighboring areas are the healthy dogs. Contrary to weak Mumbai street dogs, dogs in HP looked healthy and well fed. One such dog slept in a house verandah and was sleeping all the time.
Heavy snowfall or was it hail could not stop this local women from working. As we took cover from the snow, they walked with wood for the evening
Reflection of the surrounding in the undisturbed lake water when snow stopped momentarily. A small wooden path is built from the land to the lake where there is a small wooden structure. You can almost sit at the lake bank and enjoy the surrounding beauty
A snow covered Khajjiar. The snow became so intense that we had finally forced to call it a day. Still some of us could not just stop playing in the snow. Finally the group leader had to personally call in everybody and we finally made it to the base camp 1 Kilometer away from Khajjiar.
The snow that started in the late afternoon never stopped. It snowed the whole night covering the whole ground and making it slippery on the muddy road. When we reached our base camp, we had 4 rooms and 4 toilets. 1 room and 1 toilets went to the ladies and the rest 36 people had to adjust with 3 toilets. One of the toilet was in our room. We were surprised to find that the windows did not have window panes and it was almost 0 degree. We finally hung blankets from the windows to block out the cold. The toilet had a big open window covered by a metal netting. Snow fell the whole night turning into water instantly. When we looked outside at night, ours was one of the three lighted building and everything was so dark that we could not see anything.
The next morning when we woke up, a combination of fog and the rising sun gave us this wonderful view. The view is not even clear but still can see a hint of hills at a distance.
While everyone of us stood there shivering in the morning trying to get as warm as possible with extra clothing, a small boy walked past our camp singing in the highest pitch possible. He wore a sweater and pants and probably was wearing his father’s shoes. While we shivered, he hardly noticed the cold weather.
Finally, that’s me, walking on the wooden path to the middle of the lake. We sat there for some time enjoying the view around us.