Chamba is popular town name in bollywood movies but not that popular on tourist map. Places like Dalhousie and Khajjiar around Chamba are quite popular. Very few tourists visit the town. Chamba is district headquarter in Himachal Pradesh and today we are going to share about Bhuri Singh museum, which shares a lot about the history of Chamba kingdom & other small kingdoms around this place. Also a glimpse of old art-forms from this part of the world.
Bhuri Singh Museum is located in the middle of the Chamba town. As you enter Chamba town and reach Chugan ground, take left to enter into Taxi parking. Park your car there and museum is at 5 minutes talk on same road.
One needs to buy entry ticket to the Museum, which is 20 rs per person and if you are carrying a camera, pay 50 rs extra. (These charges may vary over time)
The Museum is unique in it's own way. It makes to go back in history and imagine how people in these Kingdoms would have lived. How the houses looks, how they created sources of water, the importance of art at these sources of water etc. Above is a photograph of door with different kinds of paintings on each block.
There are various paintings created in last century depicting various things about religion, kingdoms and lifestyle. Some of these painting ask very hard and strong questions about the social norms followed at that time Of-course, most of these are open for interpretation, but some are subtly forcing you to ask some basic questions. Some of the are still true as of today.
Here is the photograph showing jewellery style popular amongst royal families of Chamba. I am sure there must be commonalities between various kingdoms in India and hence, you would have seen some of them earlier. Interestingly, some of these designs are still in use, but in relatively smaller sizes.
This room had carved stones collected from various villages of Chamba Kingdom. These stones were part of water sources in different villages. Imagine the way art used to influence daily life of people in this kingdom.
Some of the old painting of Royal family are put on common areas of the Museum. These old paintings made me wonder about artists who created these at that time. Brilliant details.
If you have time and visit Chamba, do visit this Museum. Don't go in a hurry. I know lot of folks don't like visiting museums in India but spend lot of money for international museums. I can strongly say that we have great history and art-forms to explore to know.