Chamba is located at an altitude of 996 metres above sea level and is situated on the banks of the river Ravi. The pristine town of Chamba is known as the ‘Land of Lord Shiva’. The famous temples here are the Sui Mata Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Brajeshwari Devi Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple and Hari Rai Temple. The famous jatras, namely, the ‘Minjar Mela’ and the ‘Suhi Mata Mela’ are celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm. Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Pangi, Chamba Town, Bharmour, The Church of Scotland and Bhuri Singh Museum are other tourist destinations.
Chamba is popularly known for its arts and crafts including handicrafts and textiles. The Pahari paintings from Chamba are particularly known for their intricacy and detailing. Some solid metal ware, footwear, handkerchiefs, caps, shawls as well as wood carvings and traditional jewellery are all locally produced here. The Chamba valley is also extremely popular for medicinal plants and numerous species of flowers.
The Chamba Valley offers an opportunity for carrying out adventurous treks and nature walks. Treks from Chamba to the Manimahesh and the Pangi Valley are worth exploring. A wildlife safari in the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is a great visual treat.
It is suitable to undertake treks in winter in order to appreciate and soak in the majestic sight of the beautiful snow-covered mountains. The maximum temperature in Chamba in summers is 38°C and the minimum in winter is 0°C. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, which is located at a distance of 170 km. The nearest railway station is Pathankot (120 km). Bus and taxi service is available from Chamba to other parts of the city and state. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation provides excellent transportation facilities and connectivity is at its best.
Chamba truly defines ‘beauty within itself’. It’s a place that mesmerises the inner soul with its natural beauty. Along with pilgrimages and adventure treks, it is a perfect place to buy traditional handicrafts as a souvenir.