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A quiet hill station that has earned the moniker ‘mini Switzerlan­d of India’, Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh resembles a picture postcard. Surrounded by the snow-clad Himalayas and set amidst Deodar forests, the meadows of Khajjiar are as charming as they are romantic, especially during the monsoons. Start your escapade with a tour of Khajjiar Lake, which offers stunning views of Mount Kailash, and is the epicentre of native activities, such as paraglidin­g and zorbing. The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, surrounded by blue pine, green oak, and rhododendr­on trees, and home to Himalayan black marten, leopard, jackal, bear, and barking goral, is good for a daytime visit. The Panch Pandav Tree with six shoots, which apparently represents the five Pandavas and Draupadi from the Hindu epic, Mahabharat­a, is a curious spot of attraction among visitors. However, the best way to spend a romantic holiday in Khajjiar is to take long walks in the meadows or enjoy a refreshing chai (tea) as it rains.


The nearest airport is in Kangra (134 km). Air India ( and Spicejet ( operate direct flights from New Delhi and Kangra. Khajjiar is also well-connected by road with all major towns of Himachal Pradesh, such as Shimla and Manali.


Deodar Manor is a heritage property that affords stunning views of the Himalayas (starts from `8,500/US$122, deodarmano­


March to October


Visit Dainkund Peak in the neighbouri­ng hill station of Dalhousie to enjoy views of three rivers—Chenab, Ravi, and Beas.

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