CHAMBA

Chamba town (915m). stands on the right bank of the river Ravi. As a former princely State, it is one of the oldest in the century and dates back to the sixth century. It is well known for its splendid architecture and a base for numerous excursions. It is also the district headquarters.


ACCESS : Chamba is connected by road and is 580 km from Delhi. It is 24 km from Khajjiar, Dalhousie via Khajjair, is 56 km. The closest railhead is at Pathankot, 118 km away. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 170 km. Taxis/buses are available from these places.


CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature gets very low because of cold winds, when heavy woolens are required. It is hot in summer and the temperature rises up to 38 degrees


PLACES OF INTEREST


LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE COMPLEX : With six main Shikhara style temples and several smaller shrines, this is renowned for its finely executed classical forms.

HARI RAI TEMPLE : This is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and dates back to the 11th Century.

OTHER TEMPLES : The profusion of temples in Chamba and their craftsmanship is remarkable. Some important shrines are Champavati, Vijreshwari, Sui Mata and Chamunda Devi.

THE CHOWGAN : Chamba's wide concourse is the hub of much of towns activity and also serves as its promenade.

RANGMAHAL : This old palace is an interesting mix of colonial and local architectural styles.

AKHAND CHANDI PALACE : Now a college, this imposing building once housed Chamba's ruling family. Much of the original craftsmanship can still be seen.

BHURI SINGH MUSEUM : Named after Raja Bhuri Singh of Chamba, this is a treasure house of Chamba's rich past. The exhibits include copper plates, murals, doorways, costumes, paintings and stone carvings.

ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH : Over a century old, this is a charming dressed stone structure with lancet windows.

BHARMOUR (69 Km) : Its 84 ancient temples at a height of 2141m are well known. It is also the summer home of the nomadic Gaddi people.

MANIMAHESH (98 Km) : This sacred lake (4183m) is associated with Lord Shiva and is a site of annual pilgrimage from mid of August to mid of September each year. Distance from Bharmaur is 28 Km.

CHATRARI (45 Km) : An attractive temple to Shakti Devi is located here.




THE IRAVATI

Modern and centrally located Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel Iravati at Chamba. Surrounded by flowering bougainvillea and set in an attractive lawn, this by far, is the best place to stay in Chamba.

ADDRESS : The Iravati, Chamba (H.P.) - 176310
Tel: (01899) - 222671.9418122628 Fax: (01899) - 222565
E-mail: chamba@hptdc.in

CLASS : Deluxe Hotel

Check availability and book The Iravati

FACILITIES :

  • Rooms are airy, spacious, decently furnished with attached baths and running hot & cold water. Satellite Television
  • Room service, Laundry, Parking within premises, Doctor on call, Restaurant.
  • WiFi facility


  • CAFE RAVI VIEW : HPTDC runs Cafe Ravi View near Chaugan.




    KHAJJIAR

    Often called India's Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960m) has a circumference of about 5 km. Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to KhajjI Nag. Within the temple are life size wooden images of the five Pandav brothers.


    ACCESS : Khajjiar is connected by road and is 23 km from Dalhousie and 26 km from Chamba. It is 520 km from Delhi. The closest railhead is at Pathankot, 120 km. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 180 km. Taxis and buses are available from all these places.


    CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature hovers around freezing point with snowfall and heavy woolens are required. In summer, the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.



    THE DEVDAR

    On a hill, at the edge of a meadow, Hotel Devdar is sheltered by pines and spruce. The hotel offers a panoramic view of the meadow and surrounding forest. It's peaceful ambience is ideal for those who seek solitude.

    ADDRESS : The Devdar, Khajjiar (H.P.) - 176314. Tel: (01899) - 236333, 9418002306
    E-mail: khajjiar@hptdc.in

    CLASS : Deluxe Hotel

    Check availability and book The Devdar

    FACILITIES :

  • Rooms are airy, spacious and decently furnished with attached baths and running hot & cold water.
  • Satellite Television, Parking, Restaurant.
  • Free WiFi


  • DALHOUSIE

    In western Himachal Pradesh, the hill station of Dalhousie is full of old world charm and holds lingering echos of the Raj era. It covers an area of 14 sq. km. and is built on five hills - Kathlog, Patreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun. It is named after the British governor General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie. The town's average height is 2036 m, and is surrounded by varied vegetation - pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendron. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. Its location presents panoramic views of the plains and like a long silver line, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie. The spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar mountains are also visible form this enchanting town.


    ACCESS : Dalhousie is 485 km by road from Delhi and 52 km from Chamba. The closest railhead is Pathankot, 80 km away. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 135 km . Taxis and buses are easily available from these places.


    CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing point when heavy woolens are required. The summer temperature are mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.


    PLACES OF INTEREST


    CHURCHES : There are four beautiful churches in Dalhousie. These are St. Andrew's Church and St. Patrick's Church at Balun, St. Francis church at Subhash Chowk and St.John's Church at Gandhi Chowk.

    SUBHASH BAOLI (1 km) : It was at this enchanting spot surrounded by majestic trees, that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose spent time in 1937, contemplating and meditating.

    PANCHPULA (3 km) : This is a picturesque spot where a stream feed a series of pools. A monument has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter, Sardar Ajit Singh.

    KALATOP (10 km) : This wild life sanctuary is a home to the 'ghoral' and Himalayan black bear.

    SHOPPING : Tibetan handicrafts including pullovers and carpets at Dalhousie. Chamba Slippers, 'Rumals' and Shawls at Chamba town.



    THE MANIMAHESH

    Named after the adobe of Lord Shiva, Mount Kailash-Manimahesh (5656m) visible from Dalhouise, is a modern hotel with all amenities. This deluxe hotel offers commanding view of snow-clad ranges and plains.

    ADDRESS : The Manimahesh, Dalhousie (H.P.) - 176304 Tel: (01899) - 242793. E-mail: dalhousie@hptdc.in

    CLASS : Deluxe Hotel

    Check availability and book The Manimahesh


    FACILITIES :

  • Rooms are airy, spacious, decently furnished with attached baths and running hot & cold water.
  • Satellite Television
  • Restaurant, Room Service. Doctor on call.
  • Conference Hall, Lounge and Bar. Parking within premises.
  • Mastercard / Visa Credit Cards accepted



  • THE GEETANJALI

    An economy hotel for practical people, the Hotel Geetanjali offers a good view of the area.

    ADDRESS : The Geetanjali, Dalhousie (H.P. )- 176304 Tel: (01899) - 242155. E-mail: dalhousie@hptdc.in

    CLASS : Budget Hotel

    Check availability and book The Geetanjali


    FACILITIES :

  • Rooms are airy, spacious and decently furnished with attached baths and running hot & cold water.
  • Satellite Television, Restaurant.

  • BHARMOUR

    Formally known as Brahmpura, Bharmour was the ancient capital of Chamba district, India. Situated at an altitude of 7000 feet in the Budhil valley , forty miles to the south-east of Chamba, Bharmour is known for its scenic beauty and for its ancient temples. Some of the temples are believed to date from 10th century. As the whole country around Bharmour is supposed to belong to lord Shiva, it is popularly spoken of as Shiva Bhumi, abode of lord Shiva. It lies between the Pir-Panjal and Dhauladhar range, between Ravi and Chenab valley. The land is blessed with deep beauty of abundant alpine pastures and provides home for nomadic shepherds, known as Gaddi, thus also called Gadderan. The foothills are filled with orchards and terraced farmsteads. The epitome of spirituality lies in this land as it is endow with ancient temples. The area goes through inhospitable terrain and severe climate changes. "Kailash Vasio" as the people of Bharmour are known are extremely courteous and welcomes you like their own family member. Along with its ethnic traditions, culture and ancient history, Bharmour forms the perfection of divine splendor.


    ACCESS : Bharmour is 64 km by road from Chamba . The closest railhead is Pathankot, 164 km away. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 140 km . Taxis and buses are available from these places.


    CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing point and heavy woolens are required. The summer temperature are mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.


    PLACES OF INTEREST


    CHAURASI TEMPLE : Chaurasi Temple is located in the center of Bharmour town and it holds immense religious importance because of temples built around 1400 years ago. Life of people in Bharmour centers around the temple complex-Chaurasi, named so because of 84 shrines built in the periphery of Chaurasi Temple. Chaurasi is Hindi word for number eighty four. The beautiful Shikhara style temple of Manimahesh occupies the center of the complex. Chaurasi Temple Complex was built approximately in 7th century, although repairs of many temples have been carried out in later period. There are 84 big and small temples in Chaurasi temple complex.


    BHARMANI MATA TEMPLE (4 km) : Bharmani Mata temple complex is at the top of the ridge covered with full of pine and deodar trees situated 4 km from the Bharmour. The place is mainly known for Goddess Bharmani Mata one of the avatars of Durga Ma. Bharmani Devi is the patron Goddess of people of Bharmour. There is Bharmani holy pool in front of Bharmani Mata temple. The dip in the pool is compulsory to complete the holy Manimahesh Yatra.



    HOTEL MAHADEV

    Named after the name of Lord Shiva, is a newly constructed hotel with budget accommodation. one can enjoy commanding view of snow-clad mountain from here.

    ADDRESS : Hotel Mahadev, Bharmour (H.P.) Tel: (01895) - 225133. E-mail: chamba@hptdc.in

    CLASS : Budget Hotel

    Check availability and book The Manimahesh


    FACILITIES :

  • Rooms are airy, decently furnished with attached baths and running hot & cold water.
  • Restaurant, Room Service.



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