Ancient heritage lies in the beautiful valley of Chamba alongside river Ravi, which rises between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. The highest peak in Chamba is Menthosa. Common Attractions are Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Bharmour, and Manimahesh lake, etc. It is the northwestern district of Himachal Pradesh, with its headquarters in Chamba town. The towns of Dalhousie and Khajjiar are popular hill stations and vacation spots for the people from the plains of northern India. There are many treks in Chamba. It is the only district in northern India to keep a well-documented history from 500 AD. Its high mountain ranges have given it a sheltered position and helped in preserving its centuries-old relics and many inscriptions. The temples erected by rajas of Chamba more than a thousand years ago continue to be under worship and the land grant-deeds executed on copper plates by them continue to be valid under the law.
Two main languages of this district are Chambyali and Gaddi. Chambyali is mainly spoken here and its nearby areas whereas Gaddi language is mainly spoken in the tehsil Bharmour and Holi. Khajjiar is mini Switzerland of Chamba. Bhalei Mata Temple is very famous in Chamba 35 km from the city. The Suhi Mata festival is held for four days in March/April every year in memory of princess Sui. She is known to have sacrificed her life for the cause of her people, that is, the people of this region. Chamba with its panoramic rhapsodies offers a plethora of tourist spots like Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, Satdhara Falls, Bhuri Singh Museum, Dainkund Peak, Shivkul, Khajjiar Lake, Jhandri Ghat, St. Andrew's Church, Rang Mahal, Chamunda Devi Temple etc. To the north are three main passes over the Pir Panjal into Lahaul: the Kalicho, Kugti, and Chobia pass. From Bharmour a three-day trek is possible to Manimahesh Lake(3950 m) in the Manimahesh Kailash (5575 m), a spur running off the Pir Panjal. Adventure lovers can have a gala time exploring the innumerable trekking, fishing, and camping options. Trekatribe offers trekking and sightseeing in all parts of the district including Manimahesh Lake, Khajjiar, Dalhousie, Bharmour, and Lam Dal. We are soon going to open trek from Kangra to Chamba via Indrahar Pass and via Kareri Lake.
Quick Facts About Chamba -
- Latitude- 32.768801, Longitude- 76.19957
- Altitude varying between 500- 6443 meters
- Highest Peak in Chamba-Menthosa 6443 meters
- Population- 519080 (2011)
- Area- 6528 sq. km
- Rivers- Ravi & Chenab
- Literacy- 72.17%
- Sex Ratio- 986