Chamba is a small town in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh that is also a very popular tourist destination during summers. It is also called as the valley of honey and milk because of the abundance of meadows, streams, lakes and temples. Owing to its natural and scenic beauty, Chamba is one of the prime hill stations in Northern India that attracts tourists from every corner of the world.
Location : State/District
Chamba is small town of the widespread Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. It is beautiful hill station located in North India. The latitude of Chamba is 32.5544 ⁰N and the longitude of the place is 76.1239 ⁰E.
Chamba is a quiet hill station that offers an extraordinary peek into Nature’s beauty. The calmness of the place is very soothing and the stay at Chamba will rejuvenate your soul completely. The colonial buildings of the place have also made it a heritage site.
Chamba is a leisure destination that is ideal for vacation with family or friends. As the place has numerous temples, it is also a religious destination for Hindus.
Chama is located on the banks of River Ravi and surrounded on all sides by Himalayan range. Therefore the climate remains favourable all year round. The weather during the summer from April-June remains pleasant and you will need just soothing cotton clothes to enjoy the place. People fond of winters also visit Chamba during the month of December-February. The weather remains cold and snowfall occurs only at elevated regions. Carry heavy woollen clothes to enjoy snowfall.
There are no such travelling requirements for the citizens on India. Yet, foreign nationals need to carry their passport and also take visa permission from the government of India.
Places to Visit
The beauty of Chamba is unique in the whole of Himachal Pradesh. This small hill station has much to show to its tourists. Chamba is the seat of various temples and holds religious importance for Hindus. The temples here resemble a local hill and called as Shikhara Temples and are dedicated mostly to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Some of the very popular temples that you must visit during your stay at Chamba include the Chamunda Devi Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Chaurasi Temple, Brajeshwari Devi Temple, Vajreshwari Temple, Sui Mata Temple and Champavati Temple.
During your stay at Chamba, make sure to visit the Rang Mahal. The place has an interesting mix of saracenic building and British colonial styles that will undoubtedly leave you amazed. Also visit the Akhand Chandi Palace that once the home of the Royal family of Chamba. These palaces display the intricacy of the craftsmanship during the ancient times.
St. Andrews church is one of the ancient church of the places that dates back century ago. For art lovers, going to the Bhuri Singh museum is a prime attraction. The place displays some of the incredible pieces of artefacts, antiquities and art of the local region.
Dalhousie is another popular hill station that you must visit from Chamba. This place is very popular for its pleasant climate and natural beauty. Dalhousie is also a great site for trekking and a must visit destination for trekking lovers.
Khajjar is popularly called as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India. It is located at 26 kms from Dalhousie and is covered with dense forests and green meadows. The Chamera Lake and Khajjar Lake add to the natural beauty of this place. The picturesque landscape and stunning natural beauty, acts as a magnet for tourists all over the world.
Dharamsala is another prime tourist destination that is about 126 kms from Chamba. The place offers a very pristine environment with a dense covering of Pine and Deodar trees. The beauty of Dharamsala is a visual treat for nature lovers.
Some of other must visit places around Chamba are Palampur, Manali, Kullu, Chintpurni, Rohtang Pass and Jammu. These places are Nature’s abode and provided the most panoramic views.
Food and Accommodation
The local traditional cuisine of Chamba is a must try. Several restaurants are spread across the town to offer you lip-smacking delicacies without burning a hole in your pocket. Jagan Restaurant, Park View Restaurant and Cafe Ravi View are some of the popular eateries among the tourists.
Chamba offers a range of guest houses and budget-friendly hotels for accommodations. The hotels are provided with basic amenities and the rooms are clean. Hotel Champak, The Iravati, Hotel City Heart, Shining Star Resort and Club Mahindra Kanatal are some of the good accommodation options that you can try in Chamba. These are priced from INR 1400-5000 per room/night.