Dalhousie has become second home for me now and whenever I visit there, it's always a confusion if I should visit Chamba or not. Visiting Chamba town has never been so tempting but dil hai ki manta nahin. This time again we landed in Chamba after trekking in Dainkund & a visit to Khajjiar.
Chamba is district headquarter in Himachal Pradesh and comparatively bigger town. Certainly much bigger than Dalhousie in terms of population. Many times viewers of Travellingcamera.com have asked about main places to visit in Chamba town, which was quite surprising for me. But then I understood the reason. Most of the folks book taxi to visit Khajjiar and Chamera dam from Dalhousie. Chamba is an easy option comes on the way and if you have whole day, you can certainly stop at Chamba and visit the famous Bhuri Singh Museum, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Chamunda Temple and the famous Chaugan.
Chamba weather is bit harsh and it's harsher when you coming down from Dalhousie & Khajjiar. If you are in Chamba town, do visit Bhuri Singh Museum which showcases some of the old things from local kingdom and how it was related to art & religious beliefs. It's in middle of the market and easily approachable. Entry ticket would cost you 20 Rs.
Laxmi Narayan Temple is also near market, so you can walk from Bhuri Singh Museum to the temple. I would recommend to walk around the town as you would come across various interesting architecture. Try local food. It's different from other parts of Himachal.
Chaugan is again near market and if you to other end of Chaugan, you can see Ravi river flowing through hills and various water streams merging into it. The view is even better during Monsoons.
I am Chamba can offer much more if you plan to spend more time around the town. Chamba Chappal is very famous, so if you like shopping do check out some of the footwear shops. Also check out local stuff in Buttico for pure wool wears. Chamba rumal is again very special. You have to see it to believe. Although I am not sure if it's worth thousands. It was depends upon your interest and how much your pocket can afford.
If you plan to visit Chamba and want to know more, drop a comment. I will certainly respond back in reasonable time.
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