Nearby Attractions

Chamba: Resplendent with historically and architecturally important buildings. Chamba town in its temples and palaces preserves much of its rich medieval past.
Perched on a plateau overhanging the river Ravi, the town is named after Champavati, a daughter of Raja Sahil Varma of the Bharmour royal house who shifted his capital here in 920 AD. Isolated by high mountains in its beautiful valley, Chamba over the centuries was allowed to develop its own style of ‘Pahari’ art and architecture. Much of this heritage has been preserved and Chamba, known for the splendour of its temples and handicrafts, is replete with the artistic masterpieces.
Still intact a fine group of six ancient shikhara style stone temples (dating back to 8th Century) are dedicated to lord Shiva, Vishnu and Other Deities. Among them the richly carved Lakshmi-Narayan temple is the oldest Structure.
Other Evidence of Chamba’s heritage can be seen in the famous paintings from the Kangra, Basholi and Chamba schools at the Bhuri Singh Museum, as well in the murals and the other artifacts at the Rang Mahal Palace.
Chaugan, the grassy meadow at the heart of the town, is also the center of its cultural activities. In July/August, each year, the Minjar fair is held here. Valley Gods and Goddess in their majestic palanquins to pay homage to lord Raghuvira, the presiding deity of the valley. During the week long harvest fair, the ground comes alive as villagers in colorful dresses celebrate with sport, song, dance and music.
The Hari Rai temple near the Chaugan (Dating Back to the 11th century) known for the four armed bronze statue of Lord Vishnu (Chaturmurthi) is a masterpiece in metal craft. Overlooking the town a little distance away, the temple of goddess Chamunda Devi has some of the finest wood carvings that adorn its exterior and interiors.
Chamba is 56 Kms from Dalhousie.

Lakshminarayan Temple: This is one of the oldest and the most revered temples of Himachal. Many smaller temples were added to this locale by subsequent Rajas. There is a “Chowki “ in front of a murty of Lord Lakshminarayan. The rulers of Chamba always decided the disputes of the public by asking them to take an oath standing on the “Chowki “. It is a very strong belief that anyone who lies standing on that chowki comes to a very miserable end in a very short time. No one lied standing on that chowki It was again proved even in these modern times in a court case.

Chamunda Devi Temple: The ancient temple of Chamunda Mata is dedicated to Goddess Chamunda, one of the incarnations of Goddess Durga. Just behind the main temple, is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Chamunda Devi Temple situated on a hilltop and offers panoramic views of the entire Chamba, the mighty River Ravi as well as the surrounding villages and countryside.

Katasan Devi Temple: Katasan Devi Temple is situated near Baira Siul Project, approximately 30 km from Chamba valley. One of the main reasons for the popularity of the temple comprises of its calm, peaceful and serene locales that offer beautiful views of the valley.