Chamba in northwest Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful valley on the banks of the Ravi River. It is nestled by the Zanskar, Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar mountain ranges of the lesser Himalayas. The landscape with its rivulets and undulating hills, temples and sites of cultural importance are worth visiting while on a tour to Chamba. Though winters are snowy and cold, temperatures rise beyond 35 degrees centigrade during summers. You can visit Chamba anytime of the year. For more information.
How to get to Chamba
The well connected roads of Himachal Pradesh make it easy to reach Chamba in spite of the fact that it does not have a railway station or an airport. You can board a bus from Khajjiar (24 kilometers), Dalhousie (56 kilometers), Pathankot (118 kilometers) and Gaggal (170 kilometers). Pathankot has the nearest broad gauge railway track and is connected to the major cities of the country. Another option is to fly to Gaggal airport and board a taxi or bus to Chamba.
Where to stay in Chamba
Popular hotels in Chamba are:
· The Terraces
· Aroma Palace
· Hotel Akhand Chandi
· Classic Hill Top Chamba
Where and what to eat at Chamba
Chamba is a temple town so you will find mostly vegetarian restaurants, though there are some eating joints that serve non-vegetarian. Himachali, South Indian, Punjabi and Chinese dishes are served at Jagan Restaurant and Cafe Ravi View. You must try the famous onion and aubergine pakoras here.
Shopping in Chamba
The town is famous for its handkerchiefs with Kashida style embroidery and miniature paintings. You can buy them at the Chamba market.
What to see in Chamba
Temples in Chamba - Chamba is famous for its magnificent temples built during the 5th to 19th century AD. These stone temples have been built in the shikhara style of architecture. The shrine lies inside a pyramid shaped tower which is characteristic of this style. The temples have beautiful carvings of gods and goddess on its walls. The popular temples are:
· Lakshmi Narain Temple
· Sui Mata Temple
· Temple of Vajreshwari
· Hari Rai Temple
· Chamunda Devi Temple
· Champavati Temple
· Palaces in Chamba - Chamba was a princely state during ancient times. Visit Akhand Chandi Palace and Rang Mahal to see history come alive.
· Bhuri Singh Museum - This museum has a spectacular collection of Pahari and Basholi miniature paintings, murals and other artifacts that display Chamba's rich cultural heritage.
· Bhandal Valley - You can spot a variety of Himalayan animals and birds here.
· St. Andrew's Church - This is a beautiful stone church constructed more than a century ago.
Nearby getaways or tourist attractions in Chamba
On your tour to Chamba you can visit these nearby destinations:
· Mani-mahesh - Famous for its Shiva temple and sacred lake, Mani-mahesh lies 4170 meters above sea level.
· Sarol - 11 kilometers away from Chamba, this destination has an apiary, sheep farm and orchards.
· Bharmour - This destination is home to 84 temples and nomad shepherds called Gaddi. Located 2141 meters above sea level, Bharmour is 69 kilometers away from Chamba.
· Chatrari - At a distance of 45 kilometers away, Chatrari has a charming Shakti Devi Temple