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Anupriya Bedi May 29 2014

Suggest a 2 day trip to Chamba.

Debangana Sen May 30 2014
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Chamba is beguilingly ancient and is said to have been founded in 920 CE by Raja Sahil Varman. A two day trip to Chamba is sufficient to explore the architectural marvels and scenic spots in this historically important place.

Photo of Ravi River flowing through Chamba (by Vjdchauhan)

Chamba is home to some of the best treks and campsites in Himachal. The kingdom’s wood carved ancient temples are some of the oldest known representations of Lord Indra and Surya, as well as many others in the pantheon. And in its nimble crafts like wood and metal carving, shawl weaving, needlecraft and miniature painting--you’ll find the skill and expression of a kingdom that is now only vaguely remembered.

Here are a number of attractions and activities that you can explore during your two day trip to Chamba.

Places to Visit

Dotted with ancient temples, Chamba is considered to be a spiritual getaway. The Lakshminarayan Temple Complex is the oldest and the largest religious monument that dates back to the 11th century. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Indra. Chamunda Devi Temple, Champavati Temple and Brajeshwari Devi Temple are some of the other famous religious sites in Chamba, you can explore when here.

Photo of Lakshminaran Temple (by Himachal Tourism)

Besides temples, Chamba also boasts of other attractions like the Rang MahalPalace - a beautiful red building that houses the Himachal Handicrafts Emporium, and the Bhuri Singh Museum which holds a collection of miniatures and murals unique to the region, a silver elephant throne, Chamba rumaals, weapons, a coin collection and documents pertaining to the rule of the kings. The following link to places for sightseeing in Chamba, talks about these attractions in detail.

Things to Do


Snow Leopard Himalayan Retreat nestled in the lap of Himalayas and surrounded by woods, makes the best base camping site for most of the day-treks in Chamba (to Surkanda Devi Temple and Dandachali).


The most popular trek is the Chamba-Sach-Pass-Pangi Valley trek which usually takes three-four days, but you can make a short trip of it without going the whole way. The Chamba Valley is full of numerous other small (but arduous) treks.

Photo of Valley of Flowers (by Alosh Bennett)


The State Tourism Department likes to promote Chamba’s rumaals and chappals. You can buy jars of delicious honey or lay your hands on stone and metal work. The Chaugan Market is well known for the Photostat shop of miniature painter, Amichand Dheema, who has an interesting collection of Chamba, Kangra, Basouli and Rajasthani miniatures. You can visit the the HP State Handicrafts Centre at Rang Mahal to buy beautiful shawls and rugs.

Photo of a Chamba rumaal depicting Mahavidyas (by lacma.org)

This captures the best of this ancient kingdom for your two day trip to Chamba. The nearest railway station to Chamba is the Pathankot railway station. It is a small railhead and served by regular trains from Delhi. Book the tickets, check PNR status, and get going for yet another memorable journey of your lifetime. We hope this guide serves useful for your trip. Bon Voyage!
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