Chamba is a mountainous city in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. The city is a picturesque place, ideal for photography while on trekking-cum-temple visits. Temperatures are pleasant to warm during summers and cold to frigid during winters. The city also happens to be the district headquarters by the same name. The state capital of Shimla is at a distance of 346 km (around six and half hours away).
Places to Stay
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the town. Some of the options which are worth a try are Hotel Bharmour View (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Green Valley (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Akash Lok (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) Hotel Arjun (Tariff – Rs. 800) among others.
The official language of the area is Hindi. Kangri as the regional language is also spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November. Two other important events are Suhi Mata Mela in March-Apri and Minjar Mela in August to commemorate the sacrifice of the queen of Chamba, who killed herself to get water into the area and to mark the victory of the king of Chamba over that of Kangra in 935 AD.
Places of Interest
The village located in the mountainous region is a great picnic spot. One can even plan a nice evening picnic in the hills to catch the beautiful glimpse of the sunset. Sights worth visiting are the Champavati Temple, Chamunda Devi Mandir, Lakshmi Narayan temples, Akhand Chandi Palace, Bhuri Singh Museum, Church of Scotland and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kangra or Gaggal Airport at a distance of 117 km.
Talara Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 99 km.
It is mostly state transport buses which cater to the needs of passengers in the region. If you are planning a vacation, book bus online and remain tension free.