Chamba

Why To Go

Chamba is one of the pristine hamlets in Himachal Pradesh, known for its natural beauty situated at an altitude of 3,268 feet. Nestled on the right side banks of river Ravi, Chamba is marked with historical significance. Founded by Raja Sahil Varman in 920 A.D., the tiny town is considered as one of the charming valleys of Himachal Pradesh. Sparkling streams and lakes, green meadows, lovely landscapes and much more made this  town one of the attractive tourist destinations. All the sides of the town are mountainous and provides excellent adventures to the tourists all-round the year.

The small yet powerful kingdom of Chamba, bounded by the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges and fed by the great river Ravi, was a mighty Himalayan kingdom till the British Empire brought it under the colonial administration of undivided Punjab. Chamba is valued for its art and craft. Pahari paintings is one of the priceless delicacy of this town.

Travel Tips

Chamba is accessible all-round the year. But the best time to visit the place is from March to June when the weather is enjoyable and friendly; the time when snow starts melting. It is not advisable to visit during monsoons due to heavy rainfall, while winter, though very cold (temperature may drop down to -1 degree Centigrade) can suit to those who love off beat vacation. But, make sure you carry enough woolens.

Things To Do

The roads connecting the town stay accessible throughout the year. In winter, tourists can take the adventure of skiing on the snow. The music of this place is mesmerizing to the ears. So, get a soulful musical experience from any local singer. Those in love with arts and crafts can collect some priceless collectibles from the local markets of this area.

Getting Around

Best way to roam around this region is by car. Rental cars are available on a regular basis to ply tourists. Public buses are available also.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

The nearest major airport is at Pathankot, which is 120 km away. Taxis and buses are available from all these places to take you to Chamba. Limited domestic carriers connect this town with capital New Delhi. There are other airports at Kangra, Amritsar, and Chandigarh, which are 172km, 220km, and 400km away, respectively.

TRAIN

The nearest major railhead is at Pathankot, which is 120km away from the town. You may also take train till Chandigarh or till New Delhi and then opt for a bus or a cab to reach Chamba.There are regular train services available from New Delhi to Pathankot. New Delhi is connected via train with other major metro cities of India.

ROAD

Motorable roads are connecting this city with other parts of northern India on a regular basis. Hired cars and public buses are available for the journey from New Delhi. Shimla is connected with the town also. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation has regular bus services from neighboring states of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab, and also within the state itself.

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Surrounding Attractions

Chamba is incomplete without visiting its numerous temples and palaces built by the earlier era rulers. Bhuri Singh Museum, Maharaja Palace, Akhand Chandi Palace are some of the ancient architectures standing in this primeval township of Himalayan area. The devotees can visit at the Lakhsmi Narayan Temple, Champavati temple, Sui Mata temple, Vajreshwari temple, Chamunda Devi temple, Hair Rai temple, etc. there is a lake named Chamera which is full of glass- like water. Parbati valley and Pangi valley are the two spots which will keep you glued to the surrounding. Tourists can go to Manali, Dharamshala, Shimla, Kullu Valley, Sarchu, Saho from this town with ease.
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