Chamba

A small town, surrounded by lofty hill ranges on all the sides, Chamba is home to many temples in the “Shikara” style and hill type architecture. Its climate of course would attract the heat weary tourists in summers. Those who wish to enjoy snowfall can visit Chamba in the winter months.
Some of the exquisite temples in this town are Laxmi Narayan Temple, Champavati Temple, Vajreshwari Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Hari Rai Temple and Bansi Gopal Temple. A heritage building is the Akhand Chandi Palace, originally the Palace of the Raja of Chamba, Sahil Verman. It hasnow been turned into the Government College. The Chowgan is Chamba’s wide concourse which is the hub of much of the town’s activity and also serves as its promenade.
One of the most beautiful sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh is the Kalatop Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary in Chamba. Of historical interest is the display in the Bhuri Singh Museum and for the famous Chamba Rumal (handkerchief with finely embroidered miniature painting) one should visit Rang Mahal.
Best time to visit: March to October for scenic beauty and December to February for enjoying snowfall
Languages spoken: Hindi, Pahari
Climate: Pleasant summers, Cold in winters with snowfall
Holy places: Laxmi Narayan Temple, Champavati Temple, Vajreshwari Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Hari Rai Temple, Bansi Gopal Temple, St. Andrew’s Church, Manimahesh Lake, Chatrari
Natural Attractions: Kalatop Khajjar Wildlife Sanctuary
Heritage Attractions: Akhand Chandi Palace, Rang Mahal, Bhuri Singh Museum, Bharmour

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The Devdar Prayers

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Down to earth from heaven, our vehicle proceeded through roads making inroads into sea of deodars. Crossing the valleys and forests our next stop was the famous Khajjiar. This is a relatively small Himalyan meadow and a shallow lake surrounded by mighty pines and devdars all around. One of the most favoured tourist stop was but a bit of disappointment. The meadow was dull and lake looked like a pit of stagnated water with lot of rubbish thrown around. And to add to it, there were stalls selling anything from popcorn to buddhee ke baal on the meadow itself. May be it would be more enchanting when it is monsoon green or winter white. Here again a temple awaited us namely KhajjiNag. A typical Himachali temple in wood and sloping roof has a black stone idol of the Nag devta. Nag worship is quite common in this part of Himalaya with Khajji nag, BhagsuNag and many more.
Again travelling down in setting sun and through darkening valleys we finally reached Chamba, located on the banks of river Ravi. Chamba is a part of settlement between 2 mighty Himalayan ranges Dhauladhar in the south and Pir Panjal in the North. Chamba got its name from Champavati, daughter of Shailavarma. The town was founded in 10’Th or 11’Th century. The name of the king is written differently in many places, Sahilvarma, Shalivahan and Shailverma. Chamba looked like a cheerful town with packed shops of fabric, chappals, mithais and chaat. Not to forget the roadside sellers with radishes and oranges and berries. This temple town is home to some of the exquisite stone architecture blended with intricate wood carvings.

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ये पगडंडी वाला रास्ता घने जंगलों के बीच से जाता है और इस रास्ते पर गाडी नहीं जा सकती ! अगर आप कभी इस रास्ते से अन्दर जाना चाहें तो आपको पैदल ही जाना होगा और हम लोग तो इसी रास्ते से अन्दर जाने वाले थे, पर जैसे ही हम लोग उस रास्ते पर आगे बढे, कुछ स्थानीय बच्चे जोर-2 से चिल्लाने लगे, वहां मत जाओ, अन्दर जंगल में भालू है ! पर हम जानते हैं कि अक्सर लोग अपने बच्चों को जंगली जानवरों की ऐसी झूठी कहानियाँ सुना देते है ताकि बच्चे जंगल में ना जाए !

हम उन बच्चों की बातों पर ध्यान दिए बिना ही आगे बढ़ गए, वो रास्ता शुरुआत में तो थोडा खुला, पर बहुत ही गन्दा था, मगर आगे बढ़ने पर वो रास्ता संकरा हो गया ! हम लोगों ने जंगल में से ही मजबूत लाठीनुमा लकड़ियाँ ले ली, ताकि अगर कोई जंगली जानवर मिले तो हम अपनी रक्षा कर सके !

जिस रास्ते पर हम चल रहे थे उसके दाईं तरफ तो ऊँचे पेड़ों से घिरी पहाड़ी थी और बाईं तरफ घने पेड़ों से घिरी गहरी खाई थी, और इस खाई में नीचे गिरने का मतलब था मौत से सामना ! इसलिए हम बहुत ही संभल कर आगे बढ़ रहे थे और अपने चारों तरफ भी नज़र रखे हुए थे !

हम लोगों ने आपस में ही तय कर लिया था कि जो आगे चलेगा वो सिर्फ आगे के रास्ते पर ध्यान देगा, बीच में चलने वाले दोनों लोग दाएँ-बाएँ नज़र रखेंगे, और सबसे पीछे चलने वाला पीछे के रास्ते पर निगाह रखते हुए आगे बढेगा !

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After crossing the city we were on the Nangal Una road that road was not bad either but had no comparison to delhi-ambala highway!

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