Dainkund to Khajjar is an easy to moderate 3.5 kilometre walk. The trek starts from the Pholani Devi Temple at Dainkund and it ends at a road head 6 kilometres from Khajjiar on the Dalhousie-Khajjiar Road. The route descends almost all the way from Dainkund and can be covered in an hour if you are in a hurry. However, don’t let this short duration lull you into thinking that this route lacks variety or is boring. Despite a short duration, this route is chock-full with beautiful and photogenic viewpoints.


We have often camped along this route just to watch the sunset from one such viewpoint. From Dainkund, you get a bird’s eye view of the awe-inspiring snow capped Himalayas. In addition, the ridge that you follow en-route has numerous campsites and a resplendent pond in the midst of a grass covered saddle. One can better appreciate the anomaly of a flat and treeless Khajjiar meadow, as it lies embraced in an ocean of evergreen forest. To the North, the foothills slowly rise to form the mighty Himalayan Mountains. In fact, each different direction has a varied vista that is extremely photogenic. In fact if you are an avid photographer, you will probably spend more time photographing the scenery than the actual walking time.


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