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The trip from Dalhousie to Khajjiar trip is one that is definitely a mind boggling experience for all the tourists. Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. About 24 km from Dalhousie, is the picturesque plateau of Khajjiar, which is lovingly known as Mini-Switzerland.

The altitude of Dalhousie varies between 1,525 m and 2,378 m while Khajjiar is located at a height of 1951 m. The journey from Dalhousie to Khajjiar by car hardly takes two hours. Going from Dalhausie to Khajjiar is a soothing experience as you drive through the beautiful Bakrota Hills. As you keep on going, after some time, you enter the 'Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary' and you also see the beautiful 'Lakkad Mandi'. The whole journey is enjoyable because the road leads you through the magnificent 'Deodar' forests. You can easily notice the deep quietness in the environment which adds to the beautiful experience of the entire journey to Khajjiar. During the journey we encountered beautiful green sceneries on both the sides of the road, sprawled over five hills ranging from 1,600 – 2,400 meters offering breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges.

There is evidence of Terrace farming throughout the route. Himachal Pradesh is a hilly state, but over 93% of the population in the state depend directly upon agriculture which provides direct employment to 71% of its people. The main cereals grown on these terraces are wheat, maize, rice and barley. Cash crops like seed-potato, ginger, vegetables, vegetable seeds, mushrooms, chicory seeds, hops, olives and fig are also grown here, as I understood from the locals.

In the Workshop, the view further to the right, where the mountain ranges in the BG are more visible.

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