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Location : Himachal Pradesh
Languages : Himachali, Hindi
Altitude : 1006 feet
Climate : Pleasant
Temperature : In summers, varies between 15 and 38 degree Celsius; in winter, it goes between 0 and 15 degree Celsius
Major Attractions : Champavati Temple, Akhand Chandi
Best Visiting Time : Months between October and April
Known for its marvelous beauty and enchanting landscapes, Chamba, a hill station located at 996 meters, is a fantastic summer retreat. Sitting leisurely on the banks of River Ravi, this getaway of Himachal Pradesh is an important pilgrimage center for Hindu devotees. Laden with magnificent temples and shrines, this lovely city is renowned for its artistic creations, handicrafts, and colorful fairs.
Fringed by the snowy peaks of Pir Panjal, Zaskar and Dhauldhar mountain ranges, Chamba is situated at the fusion of Ravi and Sal rivers. Ravi forms deep canyons and in monsoon season, there is a voluminous increase in its waters.
The superabundance of old heritage buildings and monuments make Chamba history-enthusiast's delight. A plethora of these were constructed before the nineteenth century. Many were purposely built over vegetation-covered hilly slopes for the purpose of providing protection from enemies.
Champavati Temple : Constructed by Sahil Varman, this tourist temple is embellished with stone carvings and is built in Shikhara style. This spacious temple is adorned with the idol of Mahisamardini who is venerated by the devotees. There are a number of stone sculptures that beautify the walls of the premises.
Chamunda Devi Temple : Reposing peacefully upon Shah Madar range, Chamunda Temple is the major center of attraction at Chamba. Constructed by Umed Singh in 18th century, this wooden temple is one of its own kinds in the entire region. You can access the premises via a three kilometers long motorable road. Sitting over a raised platform with reinforcements on all sides, the temple has a mandapa in its front which is embellished with wooden carvings covering the ceiling.
Akhand Chandi : Constructed in mid-eighteenth century, Akahnd Chandi is a palace with a green roof. A king named Umed Singh was responsible for its construction. A number of structures were added later on; Darbar Hall and Zenana Mahal, for example, are the later additions to this beautiful structure. A beautiful blend of British and Mughal architectures, Akahnd Chandi has painted walls, glass work, and other intricate designs. From the palace, there are many Temples like Rang Mahal, Bansi Gopal, Chamunda Devi, Sui Mata, and Narayana temple.
Laxmi Narayan Temples : Other nice attractions that gather a large crowd of tourists are the temples dedicated to Laxmi Narayan. The major among them was built in the tenth century. As you have a look over it, you will see that the structure of the temple is covered with wooden chatries. Like other typical temples, the interiors are laced with mandapas, sanctum sanctorum, and an antarala. The idol of Garuda is placed within the premises.
Chaugan : The hub of all commercial activities, Chaugan has a number of administrative buildings and shopping complexes that were constructed during the colonial period. There are terraced gardens everywhere. A number of chugans were merged into one and an esplanade along with a sports complex was created. These days the premises are used for cricket matches and other commercial activities. The place is also fine for picnicking purposes.
Bhuri Singh Museum : In order to preserve many invaluable inscriptions of Sarda script, the museum was proposed by an indologist named J.Vogel. Earlier, it was the residential place of King Bhuri Singh who ruled the city in the early twentieth century. The King also gifted some invaluable family paintings. The later additions to the Museum included musical instruments, coins, and hill jewelry.
Cultural Attractions :
Chamba is renowned for its Pahari paintings. This miniature type art was patronized by Jai Singh and Udai Singh. Folk art is another significant art form that has been preserved since centuries by local artists. On most of the paintings, Mughal influence can be clearly seen. The themes have been derived mainly from Hindu mythology.
Himalayan Orchard, Swiss Meadows, The Iravati, Aroma Palace, and City heart are nice accommodations at Chamba.
A vacation at Chamba will be an experience worth remembering for a nature enthusiast.