Charming chamba founded by Raja Sahil varman in early 10th century, nestles on a plateau on the right bank of the river Ravi, like a medieval Italian village fortress. It is known for ornately carved temples, palaces and stylised buildings. Located between the mighty Zanskar and Dhauladhar ranges, the Chamba valley is one of the most exotic destinations in India. The historical importance of Chamba can be traced to the 10th century. The region is believed to have been named after Champavati, the daughter of Raja Sahil Verman. For those interested in the history, Chamba is a great place to explore ancient temples and historical monuments. The months of March to June are ideal for visiting Chamba. Chamba has many friendly passes, slopes, and treks that suit both the novices and experienced hikers. Several lakes and picnic spots here keep travelers happy and busy all day long. One can see the mesmerizing snowline from anywhere in Chamba. And no wonder, the virgin beauty and tranquility of Chamba, is making it an increasingly popular destination. Visit this exotic location and experience one of the best vacations ever.
Chamba is situated close to Rishikesh. There is an old temple of Surkanda Devi, atop a remote hill. the temple is situated in a beautiful backdropof apple and apricot orchards. You can also camp in Rain Chauri, near Chamba to get a feel of the vibrant lifestyle of Chamba. Sunset brings along a whole new association and colors.
Laxmi Narayana Temple
The richly carved temple complex in ‘Shikara’ style was built by Sahil Varman in the 10th century. Other shrines in the complex are – Radha Krishna temple, Shiva Temple of Chandergupta and Gauri Shankar Temple etc.
Hari Rai Temple
The 11th century shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
This grassy ground is a public promenade in the heart of Chamba. It is a centre for all activities, the most important being the famous Minjar Fair.
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This original capital of Chamba state is studded with a numbe of ancient temples and monuments. The most important existing shrines are – Manimahesh, Lakshnadevi , Ganesh and Nar Singh.
The sacred lakes of manimahesh nestle at a height of 3950 metres at the base of the peak called as maniamahesh Kailash. On the banks of the lake is a small marble Shivalinga called as ‘Chaumukha’. The pilgrim site is considered to be as important as the shrines of Amarnath, Kedarnath and Rameswaram etc.
Bhuri Singh Museum
The museum was named after King Bhuri Singh, who inaugurated it on 14th September 1908. Situated close to the Chaugan town of Chamba, it was initially started with paintings donated by Raja Bhuri Singh.
Raja Umed Singh built the Mahal in the middle of the 18th century. Also known as the 'Painted Palace,' this structure served as the residence of royal women. It has a nice blend of the Mughal, Colonial and Saracenic styles of architecture.
Chamunda Devi Temple
Chamunda Devi is a Shakti shrine, situated 10km west of Palampur. This colorful shrine has a wrathful form of Durga or Chamunda. Lord Shiva is present in the form of death, destruction and dead bodies along with Devi Chamunda in this temple.
Often referred as the 'Switzerland of the East,' has been the original capital of the district of Chamba for 400 years. It is known for the temples built in the classic 'Pahari' style. At an elevation of 6,000ft, Salooni offers a panoramic view of the snow covered hills and peaks. It is 56km away from Chamba. Dalhousie, the beautiful hill station 42km from Chamba, was established in 1854 by the British Empire as a summer retreat. The town was named after Lord Dalhousie, then British Viceroy in India. The town Manimahesh, situated southeast of Chamba District is ideal for trekking.
Manimahesh Lake, the high altitude lake of the state, lies 4,800m above sea level.
The valley has three well defined snow ranges viz, the Laskar, Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal. Salooni on Prithvi Jor Ridge is an enchanting place that links Chamba with Kashmir. Located 56km from Chamba, Salooni boasts some of the finest scenery, snow-capped hills and peaks.
How to get there Chamba
There are regular bus services to Chamba from Kajjiar, Bharmaur, Dalhousie, Pathankot, Dharamshala and Delhi. Pathankot is the convenient point to take a bus or cab for Chamba. The nearest railway station is Pathankot in Punjab (119km). Pathankot has direct rains to Delhi, Jammu and other Indian cities. The nearest airport is Kangra (180km).
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