Art, scenic beauty, and antiquity - all combine to give Chamba a synonym. It is a wonder of nature and every visitor feels the same when they come here. The town of Chamba is situated at a great height of about 1000 m above sea level. It is cradled in the lap of the southern bank of river Ravi. The Parhari capital of the ancient times, about 920 AD, was founded and situated in this town, in the Chamba Valley. The capital belonged to Raja Shil Verma, and hence, he named the town after the name of his favorite daughter, Princess Champavati.
What makes the Chamba Valley so famous is its magnificent set of sceneries that touch the fringes of the Shivalik mountain ranges. Three kinds of snowy mountain ranges - the Dauladhar or Outer Himalayas, the Pir Panjal or Mid Himalayas and the Zanskar or the Inner Himalayas - add to the pride of the Chamba Valley. The serenity in the beauty of the place makes it ideal for a vacation.Spiritual calmness, spell binding panoramas, refreshing atmosphere, eminent mountain passes and slopes laden with thick wood, all these are the major reasons why someone would want to visit the Chamba Valley. It has everything in store that a nature lover, a traveler and a leisure- craver would want. In the name of geographical features, the Chamba Valley is gifted with pursuits of nature - waters, plateaus, hills, and snow- lines. All these comprise together to form a spectacular wonder.
That is not it. There is more to add when you describe the Chamba Valley. For devotional people, Chamba Valley is just second to ultimate. There are Hindu and Buddhist temples that lay at the core of divinity of the valley. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple is the main temple of the land of Chamba. It was built by Raja Sahil Verma, who gave the town its name, in the 10th century. The temple is built in a Shikhara style and there are Shikhara and the Garbh Griha in the temple. The temple also consists of a Mandapa like structure. There are more fascinating things and architecture to look at inside the temple premises. Another temple is the Chamunda Devi Temple, which also lies in the Chamba Valley. The Katasan Devi Temple is yet another temple to visit and lose yourself in the divinity of the place. The surroundings of all these temples are great spots for picnic.
There are quite a few palaces and museums to visit, when in the Chamba Valley. The Maharaja’s Palace and the Rang Mahal are the two most attractive of all palaces in the town, and both lie on your way to Chamba Valley. Museums and old monuments like the Bhuri Singh Museum, the Church of Scotland, the Chaugan, the Khajjiar, and lakes like the Manimahesh and the Salooni are a few famous places to visit when setting foot around the Chamba Valley. Adventures like trekking and fishing, while Festivals like the annual Suhi Mata Festival in April are a few more attractions to head for to Chamba Valley.
The climate near the Chamba Valley region is cool and calm throughout the year. Even during summers, the maximum temperature the climate could touch is just about 30 - 35 degree Celsius, while in winters the mountain ranges can be seen laden with snow. But, all in all, Chamba Valley is a great place to visit during any season of the year.