Chamba – Places of Interest

    CHAUGAN The Chaugan is the heart and hub centre all activities in Chamba. A sprawling grassland and boulevard in the heart of the city, Chowgan is the hub of local trade. It is also the starting point of the procession that forms a part of the Minjar Fair. Even the weeklong celebrations of the annual fair take place here only. During that time, the boulevard witnesses a host of cultural events, shows, programs and sport activities.

    KHAJJIAR Khajjiar is 23kms from Dalhousie and surrounded by lush green hills and with snow peaks. IT is also called Mini-Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh. IT is famous for its temple name Khajji Nag which is made in 12 century. This temple related with Pandav’s. The atmosphere of the Khajjiar is very pleasant during summer season but in winter season we compare Khajjiar with Dalhousie. An emerald, saucer shaped meadow at Khajjiar, surrounded by dense deodar forests, has a lake at its centre with a floating island, a forest rest house, a little temple with a golden spire and a golf course.Read More…

    DALHOUSIE Dalhousie is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, established in 1854 by the British Empire in India as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats. It is built on and around five hills. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated between 6,000 and 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September. Scottish and Victorian architecture is prevalent in the bungalows and churches in the town. The weather becomes very cold during winter and if it rains. Dalhousie also experiences snow during the peak of winter period in December and January. Being a hill station, Dalhousie is famous for its salubrious climate.

    BHARMOUR Bharmour, formally known as Brahmpura, was the ancient capital of Chamba district, India. Situated at an altitude of 7000 feet in the Budhil valley (32.26°N 76.32°E), forty miles to the south-east of Chamba, Bharmour is known for its scenic beauty and for its ancient temples. Some of the temples are believed to date from 10th century. As the whole country around Bharmour is supposed to belong to lord Shiva, it is popularly spoken of as Shiva Bhumi, abode of lord Shiva. Being the home of an interesting tribe of Gaddis, it is also called Gadderan.It is renowned for its cluster of temples-collectively known as the ‘Chaurasi’.Read more…

    MANIMAHESH Manimahesh Lake (also known as Dal Lake, Manimahesh) is a high altitude lake (elevation 4,080 metres (13,390 ft)) situated close to the Manimahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. The religious significance of this lake is next to that of the Lake Manasarovar in Tibet. The lake is the venue of a highly revered pilgrimage trek undertaken during the month of August/September corresponding to the month of Bhadon according to Hindu calendar, on the eighth day of the New Moon period. It is known as the ‘Manimahesh Yatra’. According to one popular legend, it is believed that Lord Shiva created Manimahesh after he married Goddess Parvati, who is worshipped as Mata Girja. There are many legends narrated linking Lord Shiva and his show of displeasure through acts of avalanches and blizzards that occur in the region.Read More…

    BANIKHET Banikhet is located about seven kilometers from Dalhousie, India and is known for the Chamera Hydro-electric Project. Banikhet is the gateway of Chamba district. It is seven kilometers from Dalhousie and situated in the altitude of 5980 feets from sea level. Banikhet has a ancient temple, name Nag temple famous for its beauty. It is 150 years old. Banikhet forms an important part of tourism in Dalhousie. It is also known for the Jawala Mata Mandir and Helipad temples.

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