Chamba

Chamba Travel Guide

Overview

Chamba is a famous city, located in the northwestern state of Himachal Pradesh, north of India. The city is located on a high mound built by the Ravi River between two mountain peaks. In the lower mound is the famous Chaugan, where mass events and festivals are celebrated. The government office and the ‘Bhurisingh Museum’ is also found here.

History

The city of Chamba, located on the banks of the Ravi River in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, named after the princess ‘Champa‘ of the Varman dynasty, has the distinction of being called the city of temples, Kalanagari and a picturesque tourist destination. The capital of Chamba is Brahmapur. The founder of Chamba, Sahil Verma, named the city in 820 AD after his daughter Champa. The Chamsani Devi temple built by Sahil Verma is still present near the historic Chaugan. Architecturally, this temple is unique.

The independent state of Chamba was established in the 6th century and the region remained under the rule of Kashmir, Mughal and Sikh for several periods before becoming part of British India in 1846 AD. In 1948 it merged with Himachal Pradesh.

The museum

There is a museum called Bhuri Singh in Chamba, where various aspects of the ancient art of the Chamba Valley seem to tell their silent but vibrant history. This museum is one of the five main ancient museums of India. The museum was built in 1908 AD by Chamba King Bhurisinh with the inspiration of the Dutch scholar Dr. Fogle. There are more than five thousand rare artifacts in this museum. The world-famous ‘Chamba handkerchief’ is also a heritage here.

Holy Sanctuary or Temples

The Lakshminarayan temple group is the most famous shrine in Chamba. This group of temples has three temples of Vishnu and Shiva in addition to the temples of Mahakali, Hanuman, Madigan. The Baikuntha idol of the ancient Lakshminarayan of Chamba has a unique confluence of the art of Kashmir and Gupta Tashan.

Population

According to the 2001 census, the city of Chamba has a total population of 20,312.

How to Reach Chamba

By Road

Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus services operate from the main bus stations in Shimla, Solan, Kangra, Dharamshala, and Pathankot all over the state and the nearby states of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh. Private roadways provide continuous and comfortable bus services to all other places. For tourists, taxis can be a comfortable means of transportation to travel between different sightseeings and hotels. Fixed-rate only applies to peak weather and should be able to negotiate a substantial reduction in the rates required at other times.

By train

The nearest Rail station to Chamba is in Pathankot which lies at 126 km from the city of Chamba. There are regular trains available from New Delhi to Pathankot.

By air

The nearest airport to Chamba is in Pathankot lies at 120 km from the city of Chamba. You can hire a taxi from there to reach your final destination.

Best time to Visit Chamba

You can visit this beautiful destination of Chamba during any time throughout the year. But we suggest you visit Chamba from April to June for the better experience of the tour.