Chamba Travel Guide
– Chamba is a picturesque hamlet situated in the laps of Himalayas and frequently visited by tourists as it offers tranquility and exquisiteness. Chamba travel guide
, Chamba hotels
and Temples, Tours in Chamba
and places to visit near Chamba .
Chamba: Chamba town (915 mt.) stands on the right bank of the river Ravi. As a former princely state, Chamba is one of the oldest in the country and dates back to the sixth century. It is well known for its splendid architecture and as the base for numerous excursions.
Chamba is also a district headquarters.
Places to visit
Laxmi Narayan Temple Complex :
With six main ‘Shikhara’ style temples and several smaller shrines, this is renowned for its finely executed
Hari Rai Temple : This temple in chamba is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and dates back to the 11th century.
Other Temples :
The profusion of temples in Chamba
and their craftsmanship is remarkable. Some
important shrines are- Chempavati, Vajreshwari, Sui Mata and Chamunda Devi.
The Chowgan : Chamba’s wide concourse is the hub of much of the town’s activity and also serves as its promenade.
Rangmahal : This old palace is an interesting mix of colonial and Seracenic architectural styles.
Akhand Chandi Palace :
Now a college, this imposing building once housed Chamba
‘s ruling family.
Much of the original craftsmanship can still be seen.
Bhuri Singh Museum :
Named after Raja Bhuri Singh of Chamba, this is a treasure house of Chamba
‘s rich past. The exhibits include copper plates, murals, doorways, costumes, paintings
and stone carvings.
St. Andrew’s Church : Over a century old, this is a charming dressed – stone structure with lancet windows.
Bharmour (65 km) :
Its 84 ancient temples at a height of 2141 m are well known.
It is also the summer home of the nomadic Giddy people.
Manimahesh (83 km) : This sacred lake (4183 m) is associated with Lord Shiva and is the site of an annual pilgrimage.
Chatrari (45 km) :
An attractive temple to Shakti
Devi is located here.
Also called India’s Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960 m) has a circumference of about 5 km. Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes. The snow line rests above these woods and in the centre of the
glade, is a small lake fed by streams that traverse the green carpet. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to Khajjinag. Within the temple are life-size wooden images of the five Pandava brothers.
By Road : Chamba is connected by road and is 580 km from Delhi. It is 24 km from Khajjiar (Khajiar) and from Dalhousie via Khajjiar, the distance is 56 km.
By Rail : The closest railhead is at Pathankot 116 km away from chamba.
By Air : The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 170 km. Taxis / buses are available from these places.
In winter, the temperature of chamba
gets very low because of cold winds.
It is hot in summer – upto 38° C and cottons are recommended
Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Chamba is between March and June.