About Chamba

Chamba is that one getaway you've always dreamed off. Minimal human alteration in the topography and environment and the balanced temperatures of the area make it the perfect destination all year round. The river Ravi cuts across town and adds to the scenery. Chambal is present at the confluence if Ravi river with Chal river. The sub-Himalayan area is amply endowed with a variety of flora and fauna, making it a very picturesque background for your holiday memoirs. There's about enough lakes, wildlife sanctuaries and temples to make you feel like this virgin land has more than enough to offer to every tourist. You only go back richer from Chamba.

Place to must visit in Chamba


Places to Visit in Chamba

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Distance: 11 kms

Chamera Lake

Tranquility is just a by product of visiting Chamera Lake, as the tourists rave about how they can't get enough of the beauty. The lake and the dam are complementary to each other and add to the view. Even during monsoon, the flooding of river Beas causes the Chamera to look like a miniature but majestic version of the Arabian Sea. The perennial carpeting of the conifers and the squeaky cleanliness in air, makes the place unforgettable. Do go for a boat ride and make the maximum of it by staying a wee bit longer, to soak in the vast expanse of natural beauty.

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Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Now you may mistake Chamba to be a run of the mill getaway destination with temples and lakes, and you may wish to steer clear of the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, but we would advise you the opposite. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple is the oldest and largest temple in Chamba, and built in the shape of a Shikhara. It houses six of the most stunning idols of Lord Vishnu and Shiva. The central Vishnu idol is carved out of marble and a sight to behold. Architecture enrds, go figure how the temple has been structured such that its always pleasant inside, irrespective of how the weather is, outside.

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Distance: 51 kms

Manimahesh Lake

Manimahesh lake (also known as Dal Lake) is situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, in the Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled at an elevation of 4,080 meters, it is considered only second in significance to the Lake Mansarovar in Tibet. Manimahesh literally means "Shiva's jewels". According to a local legend, on a full moon night, one can see the reflection of this jewel in the magnificent lake. Most of the year, it remains closed due to the snow. The place is best suitable for trek lovers as it includes 13 km of walking distance. One travelling to the lake does not feel tired after watching the enchanting mountains and greenery. The mighty Lake is situated in proximity to the virgin peak of Manimahesh Kailash Parbat, which is considered to be the holy abode of Lord Shiva. According to legends, He created both the landforms as his marital home with Goddess Parvati, and He is still believed to be residing on the mountain. There is even a marble image dedicated to the Lord in the periphery that is also called chaumukha. Shaped like a very aesthetic saucer, the Lake is divided into two main parts; the larger part is the Shiv Katori (the bathing place of Lord Shiva), and the lower part is called Gauri Kund (the bathing place for Goddess Parvati). The glacial Manimahesh lake has its sources in the melted snow water from nearby peaks. As the ice begins to melt by the end of June, it breaks into numerous small streams. This streams, together with green hills and bountiful of flower give the valley a remarkable look. The landscape in the periphery is simply breathtaking. There is shiny snow all around with prickly dry bushes and no sign of even a little bit of grass. The clean, unpolluted water that reflects the snow-capped peaks seems to be penetrating the rugged valley. The air around is icy chill, and the environment is pure and pious, filled with prayers of the pilgrims and blessing of the Lord.

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Himachal Emporium, Rang Mahal

Handicraft lovers, rejoice! The Himachal Emporium, housed in Raja Umed Singh's Rang Mahal in Surara Mohalla, is the haven of all things handmade. The emporium timings ate 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. For handicraft connoisseurs, this is one place to not miss. Exquisite shawls and handkerchiefs woven on wooden looms are a treasure to get back home. Do buy the famous pickles of Chamba from the Emporium.

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Hariraya Temple

India is known for the beauty it attributes to everything we have ever constructed. One of these aesthetic marvels can be found in the Hariraya Temple in Chamba. The extravagance of the Vishnu idol takes the Centre stage of all awe. It is a bronze idol covered in saffron, adorning all imaginable jewelry, from rings to armlets, kundals (earrings), crown, necklaces and what not. The great Indian deity is seen riding a chariot pulled by six horses. And if this magnificence doesn't satiate your eyes or senses, the 11th century constructed stone carved shikhara type temple displays more of such deities. Visit for an enchanting experience like never.

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Distance: 80 kms

Chaugan

Chamba is your type of shopping destination if you are into local handicrafts and everything organic. Central Chaugan is where you can find all sorts of stone and metal artefacts, which make lovely souvenirs, and the famous Chamba and Kangra paintings. Don't forget to pick up the famous Chamba chappals (slippers) as well.

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Distance: 14 kms

Church of Scotland

Just the spot for you if the words old world, library and architecture appeal to you. The Church of Scotland, built in 1903, is a quiet sanctuary for those in quest of lands that speak of antiquity, class yet still not intimidating visitors from all walks of life. A Protestant Church, it speaks of strong Scottish artistic sensibilities in its arched windows and deep cravings. With absolutely no alterations since its erection, except a boundary wall, the Church, also known as St. Andrews Church is extraordinarily well preserved. Don't miss!

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Distance: 40 kms

Shopping in Chamba

Chamba shopping scene is popular for handicrafts, the really-in-demand chappals and pickles. Here's where you can find them!

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Bhuri Singh Museum

The Bhuri Singh Museum is a set in paradise if you are enthusiastic about Indian epics and texts. Originally written pages from the Mahabharata and the Upanishads are on display here, apart from the rare brass and copper engraved coins and such artefacts. Also on display, are the popular Basholi and Kangra style paintings.

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Akhand Chandi Palace

Built in the mid 18th century, Chamba Palace or Akhand Chandi Palace is the stately white building in Chamba. Lording over the tinsel town, the palace overlooks Chaughan, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Sui Mata Temple, Rang Mahal, Hari Rai Temple and Bansi Gopal Temple. An exuberant reflection of the bygone art and architecture, the royal palace was originally constructed during the reign of Raja Umedh Singh as a residential edifice. Over the years, the palace was reconstructed, renovated and modified plenty of times both by the British and the Mughal emperors. They added the Darbar Hall (also called as Marshall Hall), the Zenana Mahal and several specimens of Mughal architecture; the palace therefore, is a wonderful amalgamation of the both their designs and creativity. Akhand Chandi Palace also has a distinguishable green roof which discerns the regal building from other places of importance in Chamba. The entire premises are divided in three segments, with sloping roofs for the easy shedding of snow. The extravagant architecture boasts of well-decorated arc styled windows and intricate wood and glass work in the interior walls. Surrounded by plush gardens and fancy fountains, the palace was handed over to the Himachal government in 1958 and has now been converted into a government college and a district library.

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Champavati Temple

Built by Raja Sahil Varman in the memory of his daughter- the namesake Champavati, Champavati Temple is a revered hindu pilgrimage site and is thronged by tourists day in and day out. Located in the heart of the city near Treasury Building and Police Post, the temple has distinctive Shikara style features inspired by the Nepal architectural designs. It boasts of several rock carvings and has a magnified wheel on the rooftop which makes it unique from the other temples in the region. Large sculptures grace the interiors and the walls have beautiful carvings on stone. Champavati Temple enshrines the idol of Goddess Mahisasuramardini, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. In addition, the premises also house shrines of Vasuki Naga and Wazir. The splendour and magnificence of the temple is often compared with the Laxmi Narayan Temple. Managed and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, the temple holds a great religious and historical relevance and is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus.

Experience Time: 1 - 2 hrs

Distance: 53 kms

Chamunda Devi Temple

Perched on top of the Shah Madar Range and overlooking a spectacular view of the tiny township of Chamba, Chamunda Devi Temple was built by Raja Umed Singh in the year 1762. Nestled amidst the woods of Pathiar and Lahla, the temple is entirely made of wood and has gable roofs. Situated on the banks of river Baner, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, also known as the Goddess of War. Earlier it could only be reached through a flight of around 400 steps cut out of a stone pathway but now it is easily accessible through a 3 kms long concrete road from Chamba. The seven hundred year old temple has a cave-like structure at the back which is believed to be the symbol of Lord Shiva and a stone phallus is kept to mark the territory. Also known as Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham, Chamunda Devi Temple is home to the gods Shiva and Shakti. Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhairav guard the front gate of the temple and are considered to be the protectors of the Goddess. The shrine boasts of enchanting decor and striking architecture, and has carvings on silver sheet in the inner sanctum. Adorned with beautiful floral patterns and extravagant idols, the temple also present a wonderful picture of the beguiling Himalayan Range in the backdrop. In addition to this, the temple complex also houses a handicrafts shop which sells pretty souvenirs to take back home. Navratri is the most busy time of the year at Chamunda Devi Temple when thousands of pilgrims travel from across the miles to pay their homage to Goddess Kali aka Chamunda Devi.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 53 kms

Vajreshwari Temple

Situated at the end of Jansali Bazaar in Chamba, Vajreshwari Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of lightning popularly known as Goddess Vajreshwari, and is atleast a thousand years old. Goddess Vajreshwari is believed to be a manifestation of Goddess Parvati and she is worshipped here in her pinid form. Built in the traditional Shikhara style of architecture, the shrine is a flawless amalgamation of spectacular carvings, intricate woodwork and delicate stonework. The interior walls have elaborate carvings of different Hindu deities and idols. Also known as Bajreshwari Temple, the magnanimous temple has eighteen tiny inscriptions on the outer walls, and some on the gigantic pillar guarding the entrance. Also, the entrance has a Nagarkhana or a Drum House and is graced with two huge stone lions (symbol for protecting the temple wealth). The shrine houses a magnificent idol of Goddess Durga seated on a lion along with God Vishnu on the side with three faces- human, boar and lion.The most celebrated time of the year at the temple is the month of March during Amavasya, when a huge fair is held in the honour of Goddess Vajreshwari. The next most grand festival is Navratri, also celebrated in the month of March.

Experience Time: 1 - 2 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Sui Mata Temple

Located in the Saho district in Chamba, Sui Mata Temple was built by King Varman in the memory of his wife Queen Sui who sacrificed her life for her people. Situated on top of the Shah Darbar Hill, the shrine provides a spectacular bird’s eye view of the tiny township below. The temple complex has been divided into three parts which includes the main temple, a channel and a memorial dedicated to Rani Sui Mata. Considered as an epitome of sacrifice, Sui Mata Temple can be reached by alighting a flight of stairs paved along a pathway from the bottom of the base. The interiors have been tastefully done in beautiful paintings depicting the life and times of Sui Mata. The temple is a local place of worship and is the most crowded at the time of the annual fair which is held in the months of April and May. Little girls and women dress up extravagantly to pay their homage to the sacrifice of Queen Sui. The festival is celebrated with a lot of fervour and zeal.

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Hari Rai Temple

Situated next to the Chaughan Gate in Chamba, Sri Hari Rai Temple is built entirely of woodwork and boasts of Shikhara style architecture with wooden chattris and an elevated platform base. The temple is enshrined by Lord Vishnu, in his three faced avatar- human, lion and boar riding on six horses. Built in the 11th century, the main idol is heavily adorned with rings, amulets, necklaces and kundals. The temple also houses several other deities including Lord Shiva seated on a bull with Uma on his side and their mounts- the lion and nandi in the front, Lord Surya seated on a chariot etc. Imbued in the holy aura and architectural beauty, Hari Rai Temple can be discerned from other temples in the region in its saffron color coating.

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