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Khajjiar- Switzerland of Himachal in Feb 2013

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I had been to Khajjiar this winter and it truly lives up to its name- Mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh. It is at a height of 6500 feet above sea level and surrounded by dense forests and green meadows.
The best way to enjoy Khajjiar is by doing nothing and just gazing at the idyllic pastoral scenery featuring a lake, grazing sheep & horses, pine and cedar forests and snowcapped mountains. There is Para Gliding and Horse Riding for the rest less!

A Discovery

Khajjiar was officially baptized as Mini Switzerland  by Mr. Willy t. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India on July 7, 1992! The Counselor also took from Khajjiar a stone which will form part of a stone collage around the Swiss Parliament to remind the visitors of Khajjiar as Mini Switzerland of India.

Tip for Stay
Khajjiar is best enjoyed by staying at the Khajji Cottage run by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Corporation Ltd. Have a look at the accompanying photograph. The setting is…

Tapovan Gaumukh Trek

It was the month of may, we started from Uttarkashi around 10 AM in my car. Went to forest office for collecting permit to visit only Gaumukh. (For tapovan you need different permit) as it was the only plan for us. Bought few water bottles and dry fruits for trek.
By 12 PM moved toward Gangotri which is 120km. In between stayed at one of NTPC site office to have lunch. by 4.30 pm we reached Gangotri. Parked the car their but none of 3 took the food and water.

After trekking for a km reached the check point to show permit but guard was not allowing as it is not allowed to enter forest after 4 pm. We requested him alot and finally settled with him giving 50 Rs. By the time visibility was decreasing and we have to still cover 14 km. so we targeted that with speed of 4 km/hr we may reach the ashram by 8pm. It was 7pm and it became very difficult to trek in darkness. we just had our mobile, those nokia fones display as light source. It was the time when bharal, deer or unknown wild life w…

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