Chamba is a town of Himachal Pradesh in India at an altitude of 996 meters. Chamba is one of the most lovely valleys of Himachal Pradesh. It is at the crossroads of Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges and also shares a border with Jammu & Kashmir. Dense alpine forests, meadows, sparkling streams, heart capturing lakes, and rich wildlife are specifications of this beautiful town. The friendly locals are endowed with a thousand years old culture. They are very polite and their heartwarming hospitality makes Chamba’s favourite, a destination of many travellers visiting in Himachal Pradesh.
If you listen to Indian songs then many of them have been dedicated to Chamba which also shows it’s magnificent beauty and tranquil environment. Stay with us for the virtual journey of such a beautiful destination.
Best time to visit
The months from March to June is a highly recommended time to visit Chamba. The moderate temperature of Chamba during this time is a favourite among nature lovers. If you are planning for a honeymoon or an offbeat location, don’t think twice. Summer here offers warm days and cold nights. July and August are monsoon months which must be avoidable due to heavy rainfall. December month is for snow lovers when the temperature falls to zero and the white colour of snow covers the surrounding.
Khajjiar lake is an adorable lake surrounded by the Cedar forest. Lake is located around the 1920 meter above the sea level. The origin of the name Khajjiar is “KhajjiNath Temple” located near the lake. This place is mostly overcast with clouds. You are lucky if you get to see a clear sky as you can see the reflection of Mount Kailash in the lake while visiting here.
It is a great fortune for the visitors here. This place not only amazes visitors with its natural beauty but also with adventurous activities like paragliding and horse riding, etc. People come with their friends & families to have a complete package of sightseeing and adventure to make their journey full of fun. Due to its tremendous beauty, people compare it with Switzerland and also call this place as Mini Switzerland of India.
Timings: Open all days
Entry fees: No entry fee
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2. Manimahesh Lake
Manimahesh Lake is one of the sacred lakes of India nestled on the PirPanjalrange of Himalayas at an altitude of 4080 metres. This lake is dedicated to the Manimahesh Kailash (mythical abode of Shiva) considered a very important religious place in Hindu. Originally the name Manimahesh means “Man ka Mahesh”. It is also known as Dal lake.
The pristine lake is surrounded with snow-covered peaks of mountains makes the aura of this place serene. This lake is at a distance of 13 kilometres from Chamba which is very good for trekking as the route has a great treasure of natural beauty. Due to the high altitude of this place, it is very cold here. So, don’t forget to wear warm clothes and trekking shoes and avoid heavy luggage while trekking.
Timings: Open all days
Entry fees: No entry fee
Another picturesque lake associated with Chamba is Chamera Lake. It is located at an altitude of 764 meters. Apart from its beauty, this place is famous among the tourists due to adventure activities like speed boating, and other water sports, etc. The source of the water of this lake is river Ravi and Chamera Dam.
The aquatic life here is very amazing constituting colourful fishes and other beautiful species liked by the tourists very much. This lake can be visited throughout the year but if you love snow white surroundings then plan to visit during winter. The unique feature of this place is that the temperature fluctuates from 35 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius in a day.
Timings: Open all days ( except sports activities)
Entry fees: No entry fee. Minimal charges for water sports.
4.Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Chamba is a treasure for wildlife lovers as it has Kalatop wildlife sanctuary. The name Kalatop means thick black forest cover on the hilltop of the sanctuary. The sanctuary offers many small freshwater rivers that nurture the flora and fauna here. The trees of cedar, blue pine, oaks, deodar, rhododendron add charm to this place. Animals like bear, deer, barking goral, jackal, langur, Himalayan squirrel, and muntjak are perfect for wildlife photography.
You can plan a picnic with your family and friends as activities like trekking and hiking to add thrill to your visit. Having all these features only a few places in India coming close to its natural wonders. You can hire jeep and elephant for jungle safari at a reasonable price.
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM
Entry fees: Rs.250 (additional charges for jungle safari)
5.Laxmi Narayan Temple
The oldest temple in Himachal Pradesh, the Laxmi Narayan temple was built in the 10th century. It is regarded as the most famous place to visit in Chamba. The temple complex consists of six temples which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The exterior of the temple is structured with intricate carvings and the wooden chhatris protect the temple from rain, snow and cold.
Laxmi Narayan Temple also includes Radha Krishna temple, Gauri Shankar temple, and Shiva temple of Chandragupta which are like by the tourists visiting here. At the entrance of the temple, there is a metallic structure of garuda greeds the visitors entering the temple.
Timings: 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Entry fees: There is no entry fees
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Rang Mahal is a red iconic Palace also known as painted Palace. It is one of the largest monument in Chamba. It was founded by Raja Umaid Singh in the 18th century. For that reason, The mahal has influences of both British & Mughal style of architecture which is the charm to the visitors. The wall paintings in the interior of the monument beautify it a lot.
Rang mahal has now been converted into an Emporium house (where you can buy local hand made art & craft). So other than paintings visitors can see a variety of local decorative items like Chamba rumaals, musical instruments silk fibre, shoes, slippers, coins and jewellery. Because of this, rang mahal is shopper paradise attracts a lot of tourists every year.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Sunday closed)
Entry fees: No entry fees
7.Bhuri Singh Museum
Bhuri Singh Museum is dedicated to the ruler of Chamba, Raja Bhuri Singh in the year 1908. The museum started to showcase the paintings made by Raja Bhuri Singh only. But in the present time, the museum also houses the art craft like coins, frescoes and other historical items. All these artefacts depict the tradition and culture of Chamba. The museum has also a collection of antique jewellery, royal costume and musical instruments of Royal Chamba family. If you like to visit historical places, you will definitely love it.
Timings: 10:00 Am to 5:00 PM (Monday closed)
Entry fees: Rs.10 for Indian, Rs.50 for Foreigner & Rs.50 for Photography
Chaugan is the ultimate shopping destination of Chamba. The famous local things like Kangra paintings, Kangra tea can be found here. A huge number of shops offers a variety of precious stones, metal art craft, and fabric which are often bought by the visitor while roaming in Chaugan.
Timings: Open all day
Entry fees: Entry free
How to reach
The nearest airport to Chamba is Kangra Airport in Gaggal. This airport is connected to Delhi and Chandigarh by many domestic flights. This airport is 180 km away from the town. So you need to take a bus or cab for further journey.
The HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) runs regular buses to Chamba from cities like Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. The bus stand is at an ideal location because it connects Chamba with Solan, Shimla, Pathankot, Dharamshala and Kangra. So visitors get a good chance to visit other famous places nearby in a short span of time.
Pathankot railway station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 120 km from Chamba. So if you are travelling by train, you are advised to reach Delhi or Mumbai first, because both of which have trained to Pathankot. Other options are Amritsar, Jaipur and Chennai to reach Pathankot railway station. Plenty of taxis are available from here to reach Chamba.
These are shortlisted places to visit in Chamba have a high density of tourists every year. Unlike other hill station, Chamba is well connected with the transport facilities. For that reason, you will enjoy your trip with family and elders so much in Chamba. You will not suffer any headache of transportation. All the visiting places are at a short distance from each other which can be easily visited with wasting much time in travelling.
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