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Sightseeing in Chamba

Sightseeing in Chamba is all about admiring its natural scenic beauty, visiting temples and museums as Chamba is strewn with intricately carved temples topped by spires in the shikhara style.

The shrines are dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. The 10th and 11th century temples of Laxmi Narayan and Hari Rai are particularly ornate and popular with pilgrims and sightseers alike.

At 915m, Chamba rises above the River Ravi as it rages by, leaving verdant valleys and dense deodar forests in its wake. The forests are rich in wildlife like ibex – a wild goat, marmot, and snow leopard haunt the upper reaches above the snow line, and musk deer, brown bear, leopards, and wild boar in the lower elevations. Mountain birds such as the partridge and pheasant flit across the vale. Pretty waterfalls and streams tumble down the mountainside and at every turn, the valley’s beauty seems to grow.

The Chaugan, a huge grassy field, is the centre of town life - the gathering point for all things religious, political, and social. The Gandhi gate on the Chaugan’s south-west face was built to commemorate Lord Curzon’s visit to the town in 1900. Other interesting places are the Akhand Chandi Palace, now a museum and the Bhuri Singh Museum that houses a collection of ancient Chamba artefacts and manuscripts.

Chamba is bound to bowl you over with its scenic beauty, temples, and its sense of tranquillity. Try it - you’ll like it!

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