Laxminarayan temple (Photo Courtesy: Kundansen)
Chamba (3300 ft asl) is a riverside pilgrim town of temples and riverside hill views. Guests do a day visit from Dalhousie (27 kms) and Khajjiar(22 kms) to Chamba.
An important festival held in Chamba is known as the 'Suhi Mata Mela' or fair held annually for four days in March-April to commemorate the sacrifice made by the queen of Chamba. Chamba is also renowned for the miniature Pahari paintings.
Chamba is also a base point from where one accesses Manimahesh Lake which is second only to Lake Manasarovar in its significance. From Chamba, a motorable road goes till Hadsar. The rest of the path is to be covered on foot, about 13 kms of steep climb by the banks of Manimahesh Ganga, which originates from the Manimahesh Kailash peak.
Hotel stays in Chamba aren't most luxurious and there is only one or two comfortable hotels there.
Typical stay: Day visit from Dalhousie / Khajjiar or 1 night Season: Throughout