This is a Himalayan town located in the Chamba district and is majorly renowned for its ancient temples, caves, spotless skies, bulging mountains and mesmerizing views of the Pir Panjal, Zanskar, Dhauladhar ranges. 

Due to its beauty, it comes across as a very Instagramable town where you can click some of the coolest pictures along with loved ones. 

Chamba is located at an elevation of 996 meters on the banks of Ravi and surrounded by Jammu and Kashmir, Lahaul, and Kangra. Its geographical location is another reason why it is loaded with such ethereal beauty of nature.

Best Time To Visit Chamba

The best time to visit Chamba is between the months of March and June. The overall weather conditions during these months are quite pleasant that lets you explore Chamba to its fullest.

History Of Chamba

Historically, it is believed that the earliest rulers of Chamba were from the Kolian tribes. In the 2nd Century BC, the Khasas along with Audumbaras were in power. By 4th century AD, the Thakurs, as well as Ranas, ruled this city. However, the rule of Rajputs can be tracked to Raja Maru in 500 AD.

Raja Sahil Varman who ruled Bharmour in 920 AD made Chamba his capital. Many believe that he did so in the honour of his daughter Champavati. 

And as India saw the rise of the Mughals - Emperor Akbar and Aurangzeb tried to annex Chamba during their respective timelines. However, it was the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who somehow successfully introduced the Mughal lifestyle in the region. 

Coming on to the mid-1800s, Chamba came under the rule of Britishers. And then, it was only in 1947, with India’s independence, that Chamba got its independence too and was merged with independent India.

Major Attractions In And Around Chamba

1. Khajjiar Lake

This is yet another amazing tourist destination which you must consider visiting with your family and friends. The natural beauty of the lake comes across as something out of this world. So while you visit here, don’t forget to take a long and relaxing stroll on the banks of this lake, after which you may not want to go back home.

2. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous sanctuary situated in Himachal Pradesh. It is spread over 30.69 sq km and is located amidst the deodar forests between Khajjiar and Dalhousie. Here you will be finding a very diverse range of wildlife animals such as jackal, langur, serow etc. It is highly recommended that you take your camera while on your trip to this sanctuary.

3. Chamunda Devi Temple

This is one of the most important places for Hindu devotees and acts no less than a pilgrimage centre. Due to this, the temple is frequently visited by a lot of Hindu devotees. It is located about 10 km from Palampur on the banks of Baner River and is counted among the 51 shakti peethas in India as well.

4. Manimahesh Lake

The Manimahesh Lake is situated quite close to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak which is situated in the Pir Panjal Range of Himalayas. Located at a height of around 4,080 m from the sea level this lake also has quite a high religious significance after Lake Mansarovar in Tibet.  For the religious hearts, this travel destination is definitely worth your time.

5. Chamera Lake

Several tourists who have been here rave about how they can’t get enough of the beauty of this lake. Famous for tranquility, Chamera Lake and the dam complement each other and provide a breathtaking view.  

6. Himachal Emporium

Housed in Raja Umed Singh's Rang Mahal in Surara Mohalla, the Himachal Emporium is the haven of all things handmade. The emporium remains open from 10 am - 1 pm and from 2 pm - 5 pm. 

7. Chaugan

If you are into local handicrafts and everything organic, Chamba is your type of shopping destination. To make the famous Chamba and Kangra paintings and lovely souvenirs, Central Chaugan is the place where you can find all sorts of stone and metal artefacts. 

How To Reach Chamba

This adorable town is an epitome of nature’s beauty. To travel here, you will need to cover an approximate distance of 1,898, 2,102, 2,754 km from Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the details on how you can reach Chamba by the following means of transportation.

  • Nearest metropolitan city. Delhi
  • Nearest airbase. Pathankot Airport
  • Nearest railhead. Pathankot Railway Station
  • Distance from Delhi. 584 Kms

By Air

The nearest airport is the Pathankot Airport (IXP). It is responsible for serving only national flights and is spread over an area of about 75 acres. To reach here, it is suggested to take connecting flights from Delhi and Chandigarh. For instance, from Delhi, you will need to board Air India flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). After deboarding your flight, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transport. 

  • Distance from Pathankot Airport. 108 Kms

Here is a list of Indian cities from where flights are available to Chamba

By Train

The nearest train station is also the Pathankot Railway Station (PTK). It is situated at an elevation of 331 metres and connects nearby regions. From the station, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation. 

  • Distance from Pathankot Railway Station. 103 Kms

By Road

You can also consider travelling to Chamba via well-maintained roadways and networks. Depending upon your location, you can easily book interstate/private buses. Also, state-run taxis are readily available from nearby regions. And depending upon your convenience, you can also take your own vehicle. 

  • Distance from Shimla. 341 Kms
  • Distance from Amritsar. 219 Kms
  • Distance from Ludhiana. 270 Kms

Frequently Asked Questions About Chamba 

Q. Why is Chamba famous?
Ans - Chamba is famous for its untouched Himalayan beauty and handmade products. 

Q. Which temple is famous in Chamba?
Ans - Chamunda Devi Temple is probably the most famous temple in Chamba. Devotees from all over Himachal Pradesh and country visit the temple to seek deity’s blessings.


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