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Chamba

Located in the picturesque valley, Chamba is a charming town located 50 km away from Dalhousie. It is situated on the southern bank of the Ravi river, at an altitude of about 996 meters. This city is named after Champavati who was the daughter of King Sahil. Chamba is a home to numerous holy temples and hence, is popular as a religious destination. Some of the sacred temples in this town are Champavati Temple, Hari Rai Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Vajreshwari Temple and Sui Mata Temple. This city also houses some of the finest palaces including Chandi Palace and Rang Mahal Palace. There are numerous enchanting tourist attractions in and around Chamba. Plenty of tourists from all over the world visit this place every year.

It is very convenient to get to Chamba. The town is well-connected to many cities in and outside Himachal Pradesh. Daily bus service and jeeps are available from Dalhousie. The nearest broad gauge rail head is at Pathankot, at a distance of about 122 km from the town. Gaggal in Kangra valley is the nearest airport.

Constructed by Raja Sahil Verma in the 10th century AD, Lakshmi Narayan Temple is the chief temple of Chamba town. It has Garbha Griha and Shikhara with a small antralya and a mandapa like structure. Chamunda Devi Temple is another holy temple in Chamba. It lies just one km away from Chaugan. It overlooks the picturesque river Ravi and fortified Chamunda. Another popular temple in the Chamba district is the Katasan Devi Temple, which is positioned near the Baira Siul Project, at a distance of about 30 km from the town. This serene spot is ideal for picnics.

The district of Chamba has some of the most magnificent palaces. Maharaja's Palace is one of the most outstanding buildings in the city. It belongs to the former rulers of Chamba. The walls of one room in this palace are painted with the murals describing the episodes from Mahabharata and Ramayana. Rang Mahal Palace is another beautiful palace in Chamba. It is also referred as the 'Painted Palace'. It was constructed by Raja Umed Singh in the 18th century. It shows the reflection of Mughal architectural style. The wall paintings depict the stories of Lord Krishna. Now, this palace houses a college.

Bhuri Singh Museum is named after Raja Bhuri Singh who ruled the city of Chamba from 1904-1919. Located close to Chamba's Chaugan, this museum houses beautiful paintings of famous Basholi and Kangra schools, woodcarvings, murals from Rang Mahal and ancient manuscripts. There are numerous tourist spots around the city of Chamba including Dalhousie, Chatrari, Khajjiar, Bharmaur and Manimahesh. Located nearly 65 km away from Chamba, Bharmapur is popularly referred as the summer residence of the nomadic community.

Another fascinating spot near Chamba is Khajjiar. Well-known for its spectacular natural beauty and snow-crowned Himalayan mountains, this spot is referred to as the 'Switzerland of India'. The tranquil lake, located in the heart of the deep forest, serves as one of the most prominent picnic spots. There are two beautiful lakes nearby Chamba namely Manimahesh and Salooni. One can have the panoramic views of snow-capped peaks from these lakes.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/07

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