Chamba, Himachal Pradesh
Perched at an altitude of 926 meters, a small and attractive tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, Chamba is known for its ethereal natural beauty. Amidst picturesque and verdant valleys, Chamba is visited by tourist round the year. There are three well defined ranges in the district – The Dhauladhar range, Zanskar range and Pir Panjal which is known as the Pangi. The magnificent Himalayan ranges, diverse flora and fauna, streams, meadows, temples, lakes and art and paintings make Chamba an exalting experience. Pleasing climate of Chamba is another factor why it is one among the popular tourist destinations in the whole of India.
It is remarked as the land of lord Shiva and is famous for its untouched natural beauty. Chamba is sheltered by snow-clad mountain and it is one of the best preserved heartlands of the Himalayan arts. The best season to visit Chamba is round the year. But it is advisable to visit Chamba from November to March. In winters, adventure tourists visit to undertake winter trekking when the higher reaches of the district are snow clad and access to most of the villages is on foot.
The main tourist destinations in Chamba district are Dalhousie, Pangi, Bharamour, Chamba Town and Khajjar. Along with these places the other famous tourist attraction of Chamba are Maharaja’s Palace, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Rang Mahal, Pangi Valley, Parbati Valley, Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamera Lake,Chaugan, Champavati Temple, Sui Mata Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Vajreshwari Temple, Hari Rai Temple, Akhand Chandi Palace and Saho.
This city features a sizable amount of temples and palaces, lakes and wild life sanctuaries. It hosts special style jatras (fairs), the “Suhi Mata Mela” and “MinjarMela”, involving music and saltation.
Chamba is additionally well noted for its arts and crafts, significantly its Paharipaintings that originated between the seventeenth and nineteenth century and its handicrafts and textiles.
Getting to Chamba
By Road: Chamba is easily accessible by Buses. The bus facilities by The Himachal Road Transport Corporation and some private buses are easily available from the main bus stands at Shimla, Solan, Kangra, D’Sala and Pathnakot and from locations in the adjoining states of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh (UT).
By Rail: The closest railhead is Pathankot, 120 km away from Chamba town.
By Air: The nearest air port is at Pathonkot, 120 Km from Chamba town. Other reachable air ports are Kangra , Amritsar and Chandigrah at distance of 172 km, 220 km and 400 km respectively.