Chamba is fenced on by Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. This amazing town perches on the bank of Ravi river valley. Topographically, the town is surrounded by Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges of the inner Himalayas. Albeit residing on hill location, the town Chamba is well connected with other cities of the state by road. It’s the only town in north India to preserve history from circa 500A.D. The hill station was founded by King Sahil Verma who named this town after his daughters name Champa. The land is also best known as ‘land of Lord Shiva’. The town is blessed with eyeful locations, variety of flora and fauna. As it is situated near Himalayan mountain range, the town experiences favorable climatic conditions. The town is must visit for nature lovers. Contemporarily, the town has preserved its virgin nature beauty. The town has many important temples and palaces. Chamba is famous for its ‘Pahari Paintings’. The town also revels two important jatras (fairs) namely “Suhi Mata Mela” and “Minjar Mela” annually. The fairs are celebrated with dance and dance. Even today the architecture of the town is self-same as decades before.

Chamba- Land of Arts

The town, Chamba, has stored and preserved the architecture developed years before. The town celebrates fairs with dance and music. It is also famous for its paintings. One can feel the historical ambience when entering the town. It is also prominent centre for traditional handicrafts. One of their ancient traditions is casting metal ware. The residents are also involved in producing musical instruments like Nagara (kettle drum), Drugg, Dhons, Hasat Ghanta, Bhana, Nag Pheni and many more instruments. The whole town is active and involved in producing best quality products.

Places to See in Chamba

There are lots of places to see in Chamba, some of the tourists interests are listed below: 

  • Lakshmi Narayani Temple – The temple is dotted with six main Shikhara style and several shrines.
  • Champavati Temple – The temple was built by King Sahil Verma in memory of his daughter Champavati. It was built in Shikhara style with stone carvings and is located in the heart of the town, Champa. 
  • Akhand Chandi Palace – This green roofed palace was built in 1747-1765. It was residence of King Umed Singh. Today, the palace is under Government of Himachal Pradesh who turned it into Government College and District library.
  •  The Church of Scotland – it’s a Presbyterian Church which is also well known as ‘St. Andrew`s Church’.
  • Bhuri Singh Museum – The museum was built in the honour of King Bhuri Singh. Bhui Singh donated ancestry collection of paintings, royal portraits and enormous artifacts that includes coins, hill jewelry, costumes, arms and armour, music instrument and many more. It also has valuable inscriptions regarding history of the district.
  • Bandhal Valley – various flora and fauna can be snapped.
  • Other places to visit are Chatrari temple, Chaugan, Bharmour, Hari Rai Temple, etc.

Food of Chamba

The traditional food and beverages of Chamba can be broadly classified into Cereals and Legume Based foods, Milk based foods, Vegetables and fruits pickles, Cereal and fruit based beverages. Looking at these food habits they seem to be very health conscious. Borhe a dish prepared using Black gram cereal and Madrah curry prepared using kidney beans and yoghurt is prepared during marriages. Patande are very thin roties sweet in taste made of rice flour are prepared as festive dish.

Pickles made of Chacchi and chhunchura made by drying fresh vegetables forms a part of daily food. People of Chambe often prefer a curry in there dish hence vegetable curry such as Peeli Chatri, Siun, etc.

Traditional community meal called Dham is prepared during village functions and marriages. This food is prepared by Botis (caste of Brahmins). It includes Khatta and Mittha as two desert dishes. Meat dishes are often proffered only in winters and special occasions.

Where and What to Shop in Chamba

The Chaugan Market is the heart of shopping for tourist. Chamba is famous for its stone and metal work ornaments and show pieces. Rumals (hanker-chiefs) and chapals market also attracts people. Rumals are nicely hand embroidered in silk with perfect mirror image on the back and front side.

People also shop some food stuffs like Honey and spicy pickle called Chamba chukh.

Climate and Best Time to Visit Chamba

Chamba is one of the famous destinations in the state Himachal Pradesh. Blessed with aesthetic beauty, this hill station attracts many tourists who seek for leisure and adventure.

  • Winter (December to February) is freezing with temperature ranging between 15°C to 0°C. The minimum temperature recorded till date is -1°C. Winter is best time to enjoy the visit Chamba.
  • Summer (March to May) is pleasant with maximum average temperature less than 38°C and minimum temperature is 15°C. Summers are perfect for nature walks and sightseeing. Snow can be enjoyed on high altitudes. The cold climate gives shelter to many tourists from summer.
  • Monsoons (June to mid September) are attractive here with mild intermittent showers which are not of much inconvenience. Annually it pours down around 750milimetres.

The hill station is imbued with aesthetic beauty in every corner. It is a humble town that welcomes every globetrotter cordially. It is ace destination for newly wedded couples to enjoy the romantic weather. With Himalayan ranges around, the hill station also gives opportunities fr adventure activities including skiing, trekking and many more. It is also recommended hill station for sortie, daycation and greycation.

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest airport to Chamba is Pathonkot (120km) and Kangra (172km) in Himachal Pradesh. Other nearby air ports are Amritsar (220) and Chandigarh (400).

By Rail

The nearest railhead is at Pathonkot or Chakkibank.

By Bus

There are many private buses running here via many other cities. The town is well connected with other cities like Shimla, Kangra, S`lon, Pathonkot, Delhi, Chandigarh and Manali.

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