Chamba is located in Himachal Pradesh state of india at a elevation of 3268 feet above sea level. This beautiful hill station is located at the confluence of River Ravi and River Sal and about 55 km from Dalhousie.This town established in the 10th century A.D. by Raja Sahil Varman of Pahari dynasty. Chamba is named after a princess, Champavati, the daughter of Raja Sahil Varman.
Chamba is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir in the north-west and west, by Ladakh and Lahaul in the north-east and east and by Kangra and Gurdaspur on the south-east and south. The town touches the fringe of the Shivaliks and has three well-defined snowy mountain ranges, the Dauladhar or the outer Himalayas, the Pir Panjal or the mid Himalayas, and the Zanskar range or the inner Himalayas.
Champa is known for its ancient temples.Champavati Temple was built by Raja Sahil Varman in memory of his daughter Champavati. this temple dedicated to Mahisasuramardini, the avatar of Goddess Durga.. The temple exhibits the Shikhara style of architecture and it has a huge roof in the form of a wheel. The walls are covered by stone sculptures.
The Lakshmi Narayan Temple was built in the 10th century by Raja Sahil Verman. This emple dedicated to Goddess Vishnu and draws a large number of tourists every year. The main temple consists of wooden chatries, a shikara, and a sanctum called Garbhagriha with an antarala and a mantapa.A metallic image of Garuda, the vahana (mount) of Vishnu is installed on the dwajastamba pillar at the main gate of the temple. Other temples to visit in Chamba are the Radha Krishna Temple, the Sitaram Temple, Sui Mata Temple and the Chamunda Devi Temple.
Chamba is known for its exquisite natural beauty. The area has rich flora and fauna in the Sub Himalayan ranges and is known for a pleasant climate throughout the year. The snow-clad mountains in and around Chamba are extremely popular for snow skiing. River rafting is also popular in River Ravi.
Best time to visit Chamba
The best time to visit Chamba is during the month March to October
How to reach Chamba
Chamba by Air
The Pathankot airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 120 kilometres. Amritsar, Chandigarh and Kangra are other airports near to the town apart from the Pathankot airport.
Chamba by railways
The nearest railhead is Pathankot railway station at a distance of 118 kilometres from the town.
Chamba by road
Chamba is connected to various important cities like Delhi, Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Jammu and various other cities. Chamba Bus stand is at a distance of 3 kilometres from the main Chamba town. Buses are available for nearby cities.