Chamba, a quaint town in the Himachal, is located on the banks of river Ravi and amidst the gorgeous Shivalik range. Home to many famous medieval temples; the architecture of these temples reflect the glory of its erstwhile rulers. While the picturesque location of Chamba is a treat to the eyes, there are many picnic spots and trekking trails here for the adrenaline junkie as well.
Among all the temples that command a visit in Chamba, the most special ones are: Laxmi Narayan Temple, Bajreshwari Devi Temple, Champavati Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Sui Mata Temple and Hari Rai Temple.
The Champavati Temple is built in shikhara-style and is known for its elaborate stone carvings, as well as intricately carved walls and the doorways. It is among the most exquisitely designed religious monuments in Himachal Pradesh. Another great exemplary of shikhara-style architecture is the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. The highlight of these temples are the gold-plated pinnacles that glisten in the sun light.
Chamunda Devi Temple, too, has interesting architecture. A wooden temple with a gabled roof, it’s a marvellous cross between the Indian and British styles. Dedicated to Chamunda Devi, an incarnation of the Goddess Durga, the temple has elaborate wood carvings and figures of various deities inside the complex.
Another attraction in Chamba is the Akhand Chandi Palace, the former palace of a Chamba king. It is a fine blend between Mughal and British style of architecture, and stands as a government college and library since the late 1950s. Bhuri Singh Museum is a delight to history buffs; it houses ancient inscriptions that contain the history of Chamba, along with a number of paintings, manuscripts, antiquities and artefacts.
Adventure activities one can indulge in while in Chamba include rock-climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, rafting, nature walks in rice fields, and wildlife safari at Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary.