The land of lord Shiva, Chamba is where you will find nature in its pristine forms. The place derives its name from its Princess Chamba. Though small in size, Chamba is a captivating tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, renowned for its spell-binding natural beauty. The place, located in the midst of picturesque and lush valleys, and is visited by tourist throughout the year. This sub-Himalayan range of mountains, filled with diverse vegetation, makes the visitors fall in love with the place. Its pleasant climate adds to its popularity as a tourist destination in India.
Places to see in Chamba: The sightseeing in Chamba include destinations like:
Chamunda Devi Temple
The ancient temple of Chamunda Mata is dedicated to Goddess Chamunda, one of the incarnations of Goddess Durga. Just behind the main temple, is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Chamunda Devi Temple situated on a hilltop and offers panoramic views of the entire Chamba, the mighty River Ravi as well as the surrounding villages and countryside.
Katasan Devi Temple
Katasan Devi Temple is situated near Baira Siul Project, approximately 30 km from Chamba valley. One of the main reasons for the popularity of the temple comprises of its calm, peaceful and serene locales that offer beautiful views of the valley.
Champavati Temple, as the name suggests, is dedicated to Goddess Champavati, the patron deity of Chamba. It is said that the temple was constructed by the father of the Goddess, King Sahil Verman. Built as per the Shikhara style of architecture, it boasts of magnificent stone carvings and an amazing wheel roof.
One of the most revered shrines in Chamba, Vajreshwari Temple is dedicated to Devi Vajreshwari, the Goddess of Lightening. It has also been built as per the Shikhara style of architecture. Since there are no historical records about the foundation of the temple, it is very difficult to ascertain the year of its construction. However, it is believed that Vajreshwari Temple is more than 1000 years old.
A sprawling grassland and boulevard in the heart of the city, Chowgan is the hub of local trade. It is also the starting point of the procession that forms a part of the Minjar Fair. Even the weeklong celebrations of the annual fair take place here only. During that time, the boulevard witnesses a host of cultural events, shows, programs and sport activities.
Bhuri Singh Museum
Bhuri Singh Museum was inaugurated on 14th September 1908, during the reign of Raja Bhuri Singh. Infact, the museum has been named after the king only. Situated close to Chaugan town of Chamba, it was initially started with the paintings donated by Raja Bhuri Singh.
Built by Raja Umed Singh in the mid-18th century, Rang Mahal is also known as the ‘Painted Palace’. It is situated at Chamba and was meant to serve as the residence of the royal women.
Things to do in Chamba: Sight seeing is the major activity in Chamba. If you visit in the month of July then Minjar Fair which is a famous carnival in Chamba is worth enjoying.
Best time to visit Chamba: The best time to visit Chamba is between April and October.
How to go ?
The closest airports both 245 kms away are Jammu and Amritsar from where buses, taxis and tourist vehicles are available.
The nearest railhead at Pathankot is 120 kms away. From here again you can get taxis and buses up to Chamba.
Chamba is approximately 613 km from Delhi. From Delhi take NH 1 towards Jalandar via Ambala. Here turn off onto NH 1A towards Pathankot. Take the SH to Chamba via Banikhet.
Where to stay ?
Here you will find ample accommodation options. Given below are some information.
The Iravati: +91-01899 – 222671, 9418122628
Hotel Aroma Palace: +91-1899-225577 Website: www.hotelaromapalacechamba.com
The Champak: +91–01899- 222774
Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.