Chamba district situated on the bank of River Ravi. Whenever there is talk about best tourist places in Himachal, its really difficult to miss khajjiar , Dalhousie. These places are situated in Chamba district.Chamba is in the North- west of Himachal. Chamba is bordered with two states , Punjab in south and j & k in north west and north east.


khajjiar chamba himachal pradesh

About history of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh it is believed that kolian tribe people used to stay here in this region which were later vanquished by Khasas, and khasas by Audumbaras .Audumbaras  used to worship shiva. From the time of Gupta periods this region was dominated by Thakur and Ranas.With the existence of Gurjara Pratiharas the rajput Dynasties came to power.
After the independence in 1947 , the princely state of Chamba merged with India in 1948, along with Sirmour and Mandi suket.

Geography and weather

Chamba is located between latitude of  32°11'30" and 33°13'6" North and longitude 75°49' and 77°3'30" East.
Area of chamba district is About 6528 square km.The whole area is mountain area, altitude ranging between 2 to 21 thousand feet surrounded by lofty hill ranges.
Ravi is major river of this region which passes through chamba town.Pir Panjal is main mountain range of Chamba district.The famous Dhauladhar range separates chamba from kangra district.

Temperature in this region is moderate in summers and varies from 20 to 39 degrees whereas in winters its really cool and temperature is around 0 to 15 degrees.
Pangi and bharmaur are heavy snowed area of chamba district,whereas snowfall in this region is moderate.This region comes under tribal area due to its adverse geography.


Chamba has area of around 6528 square km and population around 5,18,844.Males and females are in almost equal percentage ,they are 51% and 49% respectively.
Average literacy rate is around 73% ,male literacy is around 84% whereas female is around 62.
language spoken in chamba district is officially hindi whereas common people of this area used to speak in Chambiali .

Administrative view

  • Headquarter - Chamba
  • Area- around 6528 sq km
  • Population- 460887
  • Literacy Rate- 82.81%
  • Language- Hindi, English, Chambiali
  • Assembly Constituency -
  1. Chamba
  2. Dalhousie
  3. Bhatiyat
  4. Churah
  5.  Bharmaur
  • Sub-Divisions -   Chamba, Dalhousie, Chowari, Bharmour,Tissa, , Pangi,Salooni
  • Tehsils - Chamba, Dalhousie, Tissa,  Bharmour, Pangi, Chowari,Salooni
  • Sub-Tehsils -   Bhalei,Holi, Sihunta, Dharwala
  • Development Blocks -Mehla, Chamba, Bhattiyat, Bharmour,Tissa, Pangi, Salooni
  • Panchayats-  270
  • Villages-1591

Culture and Music

Chamba district belong to gaddi community. They used to follow own tradition and culture, they used to wear traditional clothes. Chambiyali music is listened in this area of gaddis.
Chamba is also famous for handcrafted material like leather sandals , woolen shawls etc.Paintings of chamba is also famous which reflects culture and tradition of district as well as state and these are symbol of himalayan art.

Fairs and Festivals

There are many fairs and festivals in chamba district are celebrated but two of them are very famous across whole India and state.
  • Suhi Mata Mela - celebrated every year in March and April for four days to honour the sacrifice made by the queen of Chamba with her life, to bring water to the town.
  • Minjar Mela - It held on the second Sunday of the Shravana month,during august and celebrated to memorize victory of king of chamba over king of kangra.

Temples in Chamba

  • SUI MATA TEMPLE- Sui mata temple chamba is Dedicated to sacrifice queen of chamba who sacrifices her life to ensure that chamba did not go waterless
  • HARI RAI TEMPLE- Hari Rai Temple chamba is dedicated to lord vishu thats why called as vishnu temple.
  • VAJESHWARI TEMPLE-Vajeshwari temple chamba is deicated to vajeshwari devi,goddess of lightning.
  • CHAMPAVATI TEMPLE- Champavati temple chamba is on the name of champavati, daughter of king sahil verman who built this temple in memory of his daughter
  • CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE- Chamunda devi mandir chamba is dedicated to goddess durga and there is a small temple of lord shiva near chamunda temple.
  • LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE- Lakshmi narayan mandir chamba is one of the oldest temple of chamba district. This is one of the largest temple in the town and as name suggest it is dedicated to lord narayan and maa lakshmi
Lakshmi Narayan temple chamba

Tourist Places in Chamba
  • Khajjiar Lake
  • Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chamera Dam
  • Manimahesh Lake
  • Bhuri Singh Museum
  • Khalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Panch Pulla
  • kailash view
  • Khajji Naga Shrine
  • Akhand Chandi Palace
  • Chamba Central Park
  • Panch Pandav Tree

How to Reach Chamba

Nearest Railway station:  Pathankot (around 120 km)
Nearest Airport: Kangra and chandigarh
Road:  Khajjiar by road is 23 km from Dalhousie and 26 km from Chamba.Chamba from shimla and chandigarh is almost at same distance around 350 km.


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