During my recent Dalhousie trip, we planned to book cab for whole day and drive through Khajjiar, Chamba and Chamera Dam. After trekking around Diankund, enjoying the lush green meadows of Khajjiar and some shopping in Chamba town of Himachal Pradesh, we headed towards Chamera Dam.
Chamera Dam is around 40 kilometers from Chamba Town. It takes approximately 1.5 hrs to reach the place is road condition is good. Overall it’s a little dry terrain as compared to Dalhousie and Khajjiar. And temperature also goes up as we go towards Chamera Dam.
As you move out from Chamba town, you follow Ravi river for some time and then take right. After 45 minutes of drive, you get a glimpse of Chemera Dam.
Above is the photograph clicked near a waterfall on the way to Chemra Dam.
And after a while it again disappears as road goes deep inside the hilly terrains. And after some time, road keeps following Chemera Dam on left.
Finally when you reach the entry gate of boating station, you see lot of tea stalls which would offer maggie, snacks, lemonade etc.
My niece was accompanying us and we wanted to try boating. They ferry motor boats which can accommodate 8 people at a time and single ticket costs you 300 Rs. For kids, it’s 200 Rs. It’s 30 minutes ride. I didn’t find it worth as you don’t see anything exceptional. It’s worth if you haven’t done motor-boating in such huge dams. I would rather prefer speedboat, which is relatively costly. It costs 1200 Rs per couple. I tried motorboat in Banasura Dam in Wayanad, Kerala. That experience was much better than Chamera.
And if you are not interested in boating, don’t come to this side of Chamera. Just take the highway from Chamba which connects Dalhousie through Banikhet.
You get life-jackets for boating and they have life-jackets for kids as well. Urvi was super happy to see brighter life-jacket as compared to dull jackets we got :)
After boating we came towards main raod and had tea with biscuits. The back drive from Chamera to Dalhousie was magical, because it was sunset time. All these sunset shots are clicked form moving car.
Overall it was fun filled day with trekking, walking & boating experience in hills :)
If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -
- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite