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Chamba, Himachal Pradesh

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Chamba is a riverside town known for its natural scenic beauty

Chamba is a town located in Himachal Pradesh, India, and is situated along the banks of the Ravi River. The town is quite old with a well-documented history that goes back to circa 500 AD that, along with the numerous temples in the region, has made it quite popular among tourists.

Attractions in Chamba

Lakshmi Narayan Temple Complex: This complex of temples is dedicated to the Vaishnavite sect of Hinduism and features six traditional Shikhara styled temples along with several smaller shrines.

Chamunda Devi Temple: This temple was built in 1762 by Raja Umed Singh and is the only wooden temple in the town while the rest are built using stone.

Hari Rai Temple: This temple dates back to the 11th Century and is quite popular among the tourists who are interested in the history of the place.

St. Andrew’s Church: The church is more than a century old and features fine stone masonry work and European style architecture.

Rang Mahal: Rang Mahal is quite popular amongst tourists due to its combination of local and colonial architecture which gives it a very distinct look.

Akhand Chandi Palace: The Akhand Chandi Palace was built by Raja Umed Singh and has a distinctive green roof. The palace is quite popular amongst tourists for its detailed woodwork as well as its painted walls.

Bhuri Singh Museum: The museum is named after Raja Bhuri Singh and exhibits numerous articles from Chamba’s rich history.

Manimahesh Lake: It is located near the town and is quite popular among tourists as well as the devotees of Lord Shiva as there is a rock in the form of a Shivling there.

Bharmour: It is a town located close to Chamba and is also popular among tourists for its temples and history.

Accommodation in Chamba

There are a number of accommodations options that are available to tourists in Chamba. The Iravati is a pretty good hotel that is managed by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

Facts about Chamba

  • Chamba is well known for its paintings, especially Pahari paintings.
  • The town is located 996 m above sea level.
  • According to historical records, the area was first settled by the Kolian Tribe in the 2nd Century BC.

Where is Chamba ?

Chamba is located in the northern part of Himachal Pradesh and is quite close to Jammu and Kashmir.

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest airport to Chamba is the Pathankot Airport in Punjab. The airport is about 107 km away from the town and a drive should take a bit less than three hours.

By Rail

The Pathankot Junction is the nearest railway station and is about 103 km from the town. A drive to Chamba will take roughly two and a half hours.

By Road

Chamba is well-connected to almost all major cities in the region by road. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation runs a number of buses through cities such as Shimla, Pathankot, Delhi, Chandigarh, etc.

Best time to visit Chamba


Due to its location, the climate in Chamba is quite pleasant. The Suhi Mata Mela and the Minjar Mela are held in the months of April and August respectively.

More about Chamba


When is the monsoon season in Chamba?

The monsoon season in Chamba usually starts in July and goes until mid-September.

What clothing should be worn during winter in Chamba?

It can get quite cold in Chamba in winters; therefore, tourists are advised to wear heavy woolen clothing if they plan on visiting the town between December and February.


Image creditEkabhishek

Published On: Saturday, April 25th, 2015