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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.

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a state with 55,673 km square area(21,495 sq m) situated in North-India, which is 18th state in India union.'Himachal' name is taken from two Hindi words,'Him' and 'anchal' Which means Lap of Himalyas. Himachal Pradesh is part of Himalayas. Himachal Pradesh is also known as 'Dev Bhoomi' which means 'Land of God and goddess'.
Himachal Pradesh is most peaceful and beautiful state in India, and is famous for its natural beauty.Shimla is District of Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh is divided in 12 Districts.

Geographical View

Geaographical Location Of Himachal Pradesh
Latitude:         30' 22' 40" North to 33' 12' 40" North.
Longitudinal: 75' 45' 55" East to 79' 04' 20" East.
himachal Pradesh Map

Himachal is surrounded by National as well as International boundry.In southeast of Himachal Uttakhand , Punjab on the west, China on the east, Haryana on the southwest, and J&K on North of Himachal Pradesh.
Most Parts of Himachal is hilly but some districts are also plain areas.The state is situated at altitudes ranging from about 1,473 ft to 21,320 ft above sea level.


Total population of Himachal Pradesh is around 6,856,509 iout of which 3,473,892 males and 3,382,617 females(Census of India 2011) and density of Himachal pradesh is around123 per square km. This population is 0.57 % of India's total population, gaining a growth of 12.81 per cent. Himachal Pradesh has a literacy rate of 83.78 per cent and gender ratio at 974/1000, according to the 2011 Census figures.

The main communities in the state are Rajputs, Rathis, Brahmins and Ghirth. Himachal has a good number of population of Tibetans as the Mcleodganj is the capital of Tibetan Govt, Other religions that contain a small percentage are Buddhism and Sikhism.

Districts in Himachal Pradesh

There are 12 Districts in Himachal Pradesh as given below.

Data According to Census 2011
    • Shimla
      • Population- 814,010
        Sex Ratio- 915
        Literacy-83.64 %
    • Solan
      • Population - 580,320
        Sex Ratio - 880
        Literacy - 83.68%
    • Kangra
      • Population - 1,510,07
        Sex Ratio -1012
        Literacy-85.67 %
    • Bilaspur
      • Population - 381,956
        Sex Ratio - 981
        Literacy-84.59 %
    • Mandi
      • Population - 999,777
        Sex Ratio - 1007
        Literacy - 81.53 %
    • Hamirpur
      • Population - 454,768
        Sex Ratio - 1095
        Literacy - 88.15 %
    • Una
      • Population- 521,173
        Sex Ratio-976
        Literacy-86.53 %
    • Chamba
      • Population- 519,080
        Sex Ratio-986
        Literacy-72.17 %
    • Lahul and Spiti
      • Population- 31,564
        Sex Ratio-903
        Literacy-76.81 %
    • Sirmaur
      • Population- 529,855
        Sex Ratio-918
        Literacy-78.80 %
    • Kullu
      • Population- 437,903
        Sex Ratio-942
        Literacy-79.40 %
    • Kinnaur
      • Population- 84,121
        Sex Ratio-819
        Literacy-80.00 %
The capital of Himachal Pradesh is Shimla, which was summer capital of India during Britishers Government.
A District in Himachal is an Administrative Unit which is Headed By Deputy Commissioner or District Magistrate which is a Indian Administrative officer.
    • Sub-Divisions
      • 55
    • Tehsils
      • 82
    • Sub-Tehsils
      • 35
    • Development Blocks
      • 77
    • Panchayats
      • 3,243
    • Zila Parishad
      • 12
Rajya Sabha  - 3
No. of Parliament Constituencies Lok Sabha     - 4


Hindi is the official language of Himachal Pradesh. But most of Himachali speaks Pahari Language in everyday conversation.there are more than 30 languages in Himachal. English language is also used for govt. work. Around 90 percent of Himachali speaks Hindi language.Punjabi is also spoken in some region.
The most important thing about language is that there is some minor change in language after some km of distance,which is very rare to see.


The most number of population in Himachal Pradesh is hindu .Around 95% population belongs to hindu community. But there are some others religion in some percentage as around 2% muslims, 1.5% sikh.There are some percentage of people belong to buddhism, jainism etc.


Tourism is one of the major contributor of economy.There are so many tourist places in Himachal. These places not only attract people from Different parts of India but also every year Thousands of Visitors from all over the world visits Himachal Pradesh.
The states is blessed with so many landscape and variety of topographic feature that attract visitors to come again and again.
Activities For Tourists
State is famous for activities like Paragliding, horse riding, ice skating, skiing ,fishing ,boating etc.
Facility of rafting and mount climbing also available in state to attract more and more visitors every year.

Movies shooted in State

Himachal is not famous among visitors or tourists, Its also a perfect place for movie makers and bollywood.
Many bollywood movies had been shooted here in himachal like Roja, jab we met, heena, veer zara, highways and ye jawani hai deewani.
Latest superhit movie bang bang shooting also took place in Himachal Pradesh.
 Himachal Hosted first Paragliding world cup successfully.

Lakes and Rivers

There are so many small and big Rivers as well as Lakes but some major Lakes and Rivers are

Rivers in Himachal Pradesh
Sutlej,  Beas, Ravi, Parbati and Chenab

Lakes in Himachal Pradesh
Renuka Lake,  Sreolsar,Riwalsar, Khajjiar, Dal Lake, Beas Kund, Dasaur, Nako Lake ,Mani Mahesh, Brighu, Prashar,  Chander Tal, Suraj Tal, Kareri, Gobind Sagar.

 There is facility of Air ,Railways as well as Road Transportation facility in Himachal.
Air Transportation - Bhuntar, Gaggal and Shimla Airport are three airports which connects state with cities like Chandigarh and Delhi.

Railway Transportation - There is Kalka Shimla Railway which is recognized as World heritage by UNESCO.Pathankot -jogindernagar is also one of the railway transportation route.
shimla-kalka railway_world heritage

Road Transportation

Maximum number of people travel through roads. The state has around 30,000 km long network,including  8 National Highways and 19 State highways. But sometime there's difficulty with road network due to snowfall.