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  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Chamba
Chamba is an ancient town and a district in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. Chamba is situated at an altitude of 996 metres above sea level at the confluence of River Ravi and River Sal.  The town 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. From Chamba can be seen the snowy mountain ranges of Pir Panjal, Dauladhar and the Zanskar.

Historically, Chamba was ruled by the Maru Dynasty. Chamba is named after a local princess, Champavati. Bhamour was the capital of the Maru rule at the time of Raju Maru, in 500 AD. But later it was shifted to the town of Chamba in 920 by Raja Sahil Varman on the request of his daughter Champavati.

Chamba has a long history. It was ruled by almost 67 kings of the Maru dynasty. The first ruler of Chamba was the Kolian tribes. In the 2nd century, it was ruled by Khasas and Audumbaras.  In the 4th century the Thakurs and Ranas ruled. It was also ruled by the Gurjara Pratiharas, the Rajput dynasty in the 7th century. Finally the British came and took over Chamba in 1846.

Chamba has many historical sites. The Akhand Chandi Palace is the main attraction. The building is one of the best examples of the fusion of Mughal and British architecture. It was built between 1747 and 1765 by Raja Umed Singh who used it as his residence and is known for its distinct green roof.

Champa is known for its ancient temples. There is a temple which was built by Raja Sahil Varman in memory of his daughter Champavati. 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. Goddess Durga also called Mahishasuramardini is worshiped in this temple.

The Lakshmi Narayan Temple complex, built in the 10th century by Raja Sahil Verman also draws a large number of tourists. The main temple consists of wooden chatries, a shikara, and a sanctum called Garbhagriha with an antarala and a mantapa.

Fairs like the Suhi Mata Mela and the Minjar Mela also attract lots of visitors every year. The best time to visit Champa is from March to June.



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Subrata chakraborty

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  • Subrata chakraborty
  • 5 Reviews
  •  88 readers

"Perfect place for a short trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Spending time in bustling Chaugan is really enjoyable especially in the evening. Other places to visit are heritage Laxmi Narayan Temple with attractive terracotta works and Bhuri Singh Sangrahalaya. One most visit Khajjyar nearly 30 km away from Chamba towards Dalhousie. It is called Switzerland of India due to it's breathtaking beauty. Other two places are Bhalei Mata Tample and Chamera Lake. Nearly 30 km away from Chamba.
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Subrata chakraborty

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  • Subrata chakraborty
  • 5 Reviews
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"Visit to enjoy the bustling of Chaugan, Heritage Laxmi Narayan Temple and Bhuri Singh Sangrahalay"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Spending time in Chaugan is quite enjoyable. One must visit heritage Laxmi Naryan Temple. Another place to visit is Bhuri Singh Sangrahalaya. It will enlighten how people here lived in the era ruled by Kings. From Chamba one can visit Khajjyar which is called Switzerland of India. It's breathtaking beauty will mesmerize. Other two places near Chamba, are Bhalei Mata Temple and Chamera Lake.
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Deepak Bansal

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  • Deepak Bansal
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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  • 4 Reviews
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"A good destination"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2016
Chamba is a good destination. In Chamba, there are many temple to look but u also see, baba shri chand ji ka gurudwara, it's nice place cool and silent, in chamba no more place to see, o yes in chamba to fames it's garden in the center of the city.

Many more places to see in chamba outer city, 15 km to chamba -khajjiar road a place hilltop, it's beautiful place to see.
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Ajeet k Nigam

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  • Ajeet k Nigam
  • Lives in Kanpur
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  • 9 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  4545 readers

"Beautiful city with nice surroundings"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
You go to well known places. In Chamba wander little bit. You see beauty spread all around in left Dalhousie and in right Manimahesh from Chamba to Manimahesh you see what you imagine. Temples, mountains range, trekking routes, and snow... A spellbound journey.
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Awanish Singh

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  • Awanish Singh
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 1 Review
  •  465 readers

"Excellent place with excellent people"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 17, 2016
Its an amazing feel with respect to travel around Himachal Pradesh. It's a religious place as well as very good looking place as there was very good visionary places. Once we have to go on the hills which was looking so beautiful with respect to greenery and the people are also very supportive. I think one time you should go there in your life.
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Sparsh Jain

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  • Sparsh Jain
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Chamba- a heaven, had a nice expedience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2015
Well it was a very nice experience to visit Chamba. Those nine hills are amazing to see my hotel was OK. There were many co curricular activities going on there. It was very cold even in summers. But overall its a nice experience to visit there and stay there :)
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anngr

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  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 146 Reviews
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"A must see place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2015
Truly this city has more and more temples that too which are highly significant historic value in it that one should not miss any of those temples. People are so good. Nice climate. More crowded central area with quiet a traffic. There is a rock garden on the way out of the city but this was not that well maintained but still can go for a stop over.
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Tilak Valecha

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  • Tilak Valecha
  • 1 Review
  •  488 readers

"Awesome and pollution free"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2015
Awesome weather over there, the main thing is peaceful environment and pollution free. We can stay without tension and enjoy the natural place. The beautiful valley and sky with clouds, everything you breathe is fresh air, the people over there are also very helping. The govt cliam pollution free environment they are absolutely right. I think you should visit at least once in Chamba.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
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  • 491 Reviews
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"Famous for its handicrafts"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 14, 2015
The most beautiful hill station. Chamba is located at height of 3268 feet. Chamba is famous for its handicrafts made of wood and hand worker textiles, etc. The chappals, handicraft and textiles product is very famous there. Mostly stay at court lane because there are no luxury hotels in Chamba. There are many restaurants. The main food is selling noodles, soups and dumplings, etc. The local delicacy made out of Rajma in Curds is very popular food. There is also available Indian, Chinese and continental cuisines. Best time for visit is from March to October.
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Vijayender

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  • Vijayender
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2154 readers

"A good place with lot of ancient religious shrines"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Dec 8, 2014
Just going round all the temples in the town helps one keep his mind cool throughout the day; the shiv mahadev temple and maruti temple in the same complex at the end of the town is one of its kind. The wide playground at the centre of the city reminds of the similar ground at Kishtwar near Patnitop. People are good and helpful in nature.
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