CHAMBA
ABOUT THE PLACE

Thriving on nature's bounty, Chamba was tagged 'the land of milk and honey' from its earliest days. Surrounded by terraced hill slopes, Chamba is perched on a ledge overlooking the river Ravi. Ancient temples and beautiful sceneries combine to make Chamba an interesting destination.

The centre of the town is devoted to a kilometer long grassy promenade called Chowgan. All important public events are held here. During the annual festivals Suimata (March–April) and the Minjar (July–August), Chowgan turns into a colourful fairground.

The temples of Chamba are mostly few centuries old. They are intricately carved and reflect a combination of traditional Chamba and the north Indian architectural styles. Most temples have interesting legendary antecedents. From the terrace of the hill top Chamunda Devi Temple, you can get an excellent view of the surroundings including the slate-roof houses – some of which are also a couple of centuries old.


HOW TO REACH

Chamba can be accessed from the different corners of the valley. There are regular buses to Dalhousie – 56 km, Khajjiar – 24 km, Pathankot – 119 km. Chamba to Dalhousie via Khajjiar is only 43 km. There are also ordinary buses to Dharamsala, Ranikhet, Shimla, Manali, Amritsar etc. Pathankot is the nearest railhead with onward connections.


BEST TIME TO VISIT

Late September to early April is quite pleasant. Can be quite warm in summer and monsoon is best avoided.


ACCOMMODATION

Tourist lodge run by state tourism and private lodges

TRAVEL TIPS
Himachal Emporium

Open Monday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Look for Rumals – small piece of cloth with silk thread embroidery portraying religious and tribal themes. It is an exclusive Chamba product.



IN THE VICINITY

• The Akhandachandi Palace
• Rang Mahal
• Bhuri Singh Museum
• Lakshmi-Narayan group of temples
• Champabati Temple
• Brajeswari Temple
• Sui Matamandir
• Harirai Temple