Chamba is a town in the Chamba district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, in northern India. According to the 2001 Indian census the town is situated on the banks of the Ravi River, at its confluence with the Sal River.
Chamunda Devi Temple
Just 15 km away from Dharamshala, Chamunda Devi Temple is one of the most important places to visit in Chamba. Chamunda Devi Temple is an important pilgrimage place for Hindus located on the banks of river Baner. The temple is completely made up of wood and was built by Raja Umed Singh in 1762 and has a gabled roof, the only one in whole of Chamba.The temple is also famously known as Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham and is believed to be the abode of Shiva and Shakti. The main shrines in the temple are of Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhairav.Previously, the devotees had to climb around 378 steps to reach the temple, but now, the newly built road is an easy way to reach the temple, which is 3 km from Chamba.
Manimahesh lake (also known as Dal Lake) is situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, in the Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled at an elevation of 4,080 meters, it is considered only second in significance to the Lake Mansarovar in Tibet. Manimahesh literally means “Shiva’s jewels”. According to a local legend, on a full moon night, one can see the reflection of this jewel in the magnificent lake. Most of the year, it remains closed due to the snow. The place is best suitable for trek lovers as it includes 13 km of walking distance. One travelling to the lake does not feel tired after watching the enchanting mountains and greenery.
Tranquility is just a by product of visiting Chamera Lake, as the tourists rave about how they can’t get enough of the beauty. The lake and the dam are complementary to each other and add to the view.Even during monsoon, the flooding of river Beas causes the Chamera to look like a miniature but majestic version of the Arabian Sea. The perennial carpeting of the conifers and the squeaky cleanliness in air, makes the place unforgettable. Do go for a boat ride and make the maximum of it by staying a wee bit longer, to soak in the vast expanse of natural beauty.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Now you may mistake Chamba to be a run of the mill getaway destination with temples and lakes, and you may wish to steer clear of the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, but we would advise you the opposite.The Lakshmi Narayan Temple is the oldest and largest temple in Chamba, and built in the shape of a Shikhara. It houses six of the most stunning idols of Lord Vishnu and Shiva. The central Vishnu idol is carved out of marble and a sight to behold. Architecture enrds, go figure how the temple has been structured such that its always pleasant inside, irrespective of how the weather is, outside.
Chamba is your type of shopping destination if you are into local handicrafts and everything organic. Central Chaugan is where you can find all sorts of stone and metal artefacts, which make lovely souvenirs, and the famous Chamba and Kangra paintings.Don’t forget to pick up the famous Chamba chappals (slippers) as well.
Shopping in Chamba
Chamba shopping scene is popular for handicrafts, the really-in-demand chappals and pickles. Here’s where you can find them!