Chamba is one of the pristine hamlet of India known for its natural beauty situated at an altitude of 3,268 feet. This ancient town of Indian state Himachal Pradesh is sitting on the right side of Ravi River. Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges are being divided by this township. Ravi River is one of the main tributary of Indus River and at the town the river is making a confluence with Sal River. The historic value of the town is back to 2BC and 3BC. All the sides of the town are mountainous and provides great adventures to the tourists all-round the year. Chamba is completely connected via rods with other major Indian cities like New Delhi, Chandigarh, and Shimla. The ethnic people living by generation at this area are high on heritage value. There are huge number of temples and palaces at this town built by ruling kings during their regime. Chamba is valued for its art and craft. Pahari paintings is one of the priceless delicacy of this town.

The small yet powerful kingdom of Chamba, bounded by the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges and fed by the great river Ravi, was a mighty Himalayan kingdom till the British Empire brought it under the colonial administration of undivided Punjab.

Most of the tourists crossing Chamba's sprawling central square, Chaugan, stop here on the way to Jammu, Dalhousie, Khajjar or Manimahesh.

Chambyali and Gaddi are the languages spoken in this region. 

Travel Tips

Chamba is accessible all-round the year. But the best time to visit the place is from March to June when the snow starts melting.

The minimum temperature during the winter time is -1 degree Celsius. The summers are cooler than other parts of the nation.

Take light woollen clothes and cotton clothes during summer time visit.

Heavy woollen clothes with adequate warm accessories is a must during winter time.

Rainy season makes this place greener than other seasons. Keep some rainproof clothes and shoes during the visit at that period.

Keep emergency medicines and a first aid kit along with you.

When to visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
sprinkles Cold
  • 29° Max
  • 19° Min
  • 31.3 mm
  • Light woollen
Things to do

The roads connecting the town stays accessible throughout the year. In winter, tourists can take the adventure of skiing on the snow. The music of this place is mesmerizing the ears of all for years. So, get a soulful musical experience from any local singer. Those in love with arts and crafts can collect some priceless collectibles from the local markets of this area.

Getting Around

Best way to roam around this region is by car. Rental cars are available on regular basis to ply tourists. Public buses are available also.

Places to Stay

Chamba has a few decent hotels. Those near the bus stand are cheaper but rowdier.

The large hotel next to the tourist office and facing the Chaugan, with large rooms are some authentic hotels which offers Chamba cuisine.

How to Reach

  • Nearest major airport is at Pathankot which is 120 km away. Limited domestic carriers are connecting this town with capital New Delhi. There are other airports at Kangra, Amritsar and Chandigarh which are 172km, 220km and 400km away respectively.
  • Nearest major railhead is at Pathankot which is 120km away from the town. There are regular train services available from New Delhi to Pathankot. New Delhi is connected via train with other major metro cities of India.
  • Motorable roads are connecting this city with other parts of northern India on regular basis. Hired cars and public buses are available for the journey from New Delhi. Shimla is connected with the town also.

Surrounding Attractions

Chamba is incomplete without visiting its numerous temples and palaces built by the earlier era rulers.Bhuri Singh Museum, Maharaja Palace, AkhandChandi Palace are some of the ancient architectures standing in this primeval township of Himalayan area. The devotees can make a visit at the Lakhsmi Narayan Temple, Champavati temple, Sui Mata temple, Vajreshwari temple, Chamunda Devi temple, Hair Rai temple and etc. there is a lake named Chamera which is full of glass like water. Parbati valley and Pangi valley are the two spots which will keep you glued to the surrounding.Tourists can go to Manali, Dharamshala, Shimla, Kullu Valley, Sarchu, Saho from this town with an ease.

Emergency No.

Police: 100

Fire: 102

Ambulance: 103

DC Chamba: 01899 224847/225371