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Chamba, Himachal Pradesh
Chamba Valley
Our Chamba is known for its grasslands, temples, paintings, handkerchiefs, lakes, milk, and honey valleys.

The natural beauty of Chamba is famous all over the country. The height of Chamba is 3268 feet above sea level. Most of the temples in Chamba are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu and are largely made of carved stones.

Chamba is very much surrounded by snow-capped mountain barriers that is why it is still one of the best-protected areas of the Himalayas. And its monuments survived the destruction of the invaders

Now it all depends on how we deal with nature and how we can save it from ending.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to Chamba, Himachal Pradesh

What is famous in Chamba or Why is Chamba famous?

The beautiful Chamba Valley is rich in snow-capped high mountain ranges, dense forests, rivers, beautiful lakes, waterfalls, ancient temples and monuments, and amazing art and architecture.

Chamba has a permanent place on the art map of the world and thus attracts tourists and scholars not only from India but also from abroad.

What is the old name of Chamba?

Raja Sahil Varman established Chamba in 920 AD. He named the city of Chamba after his beloved daughter Champavati. Its ancient capital was Brahmapur (Vairatpattan) which is nowadays known as Bharmour.

Is Chamba worth seeing?

Absolutely Chamba is worth seeing. Chamba also includes Dalhousie, Khajjiar (Mini Switzerland), Pangi, Chamba Town, Bharmour, The Church of Scotland and Bhuri Singh Museum, and other philosophical tourist destinations. 

Chamba is popularly known for its arts and crafts including handicrafts and textiles.

What are the attractions of the Bhuri Singh Museum Chamba?

Attractions near Bhuri Singh Museum:
  • Laxmi Narayan temple 
  • Chamba Chaugan 
  • Rang Mahal 
  • Chhataradi Temple
  • Upper Bakrota
  • Chamunda Devi Temple
  • Champawati Temple
  • Katasan Devi Temple
What is the total area of Chamba?

The total area of Chamba is 6522 square kilometers.

How many rivers are there in Chamba?

2 rivers
The Ravi River meets the Chenab in Pakistan. On the banks of the river Ravi are the cities of Bharmour, Madhopur, and Chamba. Its total length is 720 km.

Who is the founder of Chamba?

The founder of Chamba was Raja Sahil Varman who founded Chamba in 920 AD.

How do you reach Manimahesh lake from Chamba?

First reached Bharmour. For Bharmour you can go by bus or via your private vehicle, then from Bharmour to Harsar, and then the trek starts.

How can I visit Manimahesh Lake?

First of all, you reach Chamba, after that, you can start the journey ahead by bus or any vehicle. You reach Bharmour from Chamba and then from Bharmour to Harsar. The walking pilgrimage will start from Harsar village at a height of 6000 feet in Chamba district and after covering a distance of 13 kilometers, will end near the sacred lake at a height of 13,500 feet

What is the height of Manimahesh?

Manimahesh is located at an altitude of approx 4,080 meters (13,390 ft).

How can I reach Manimahesh from Chandigarh?

 If you travel by airplane from Chandigarh, then you will go north in Gagal Airport Ada Kangra then you reach Chamba directly by bus or any other vehicle.
Or you can also take a bus from Chandigarh directly to Chamba.

What is Manimahesh's story?

According to the scholars, Shiva is seated as Sheshnag Mani on the top of the mountain. They are visible to devotees in this form.
According to the local people, Kailash protects them from many disasters, that is why the local people have great reverence and belief for the great Kailash.

Where is Manimahesh located?

Manimahesh is located in Bharmour in Chamba district.

How far is Chamba from Pathankot?

  • approx 103 km

How far is Chamba from Shimla?

  • 342.2 km via NH205 AND NH103
  • 369.7 KM VIA NH 503

How far is Chamba from Amritsar?

  • (274.7 km) via NH 44
  • (252.6 km) via NH 503A and NH 44

How far is Chamba from Chandigarh?

  • About 361 km

How far is Chamba from Dharamshala?
  • About 135 km

How far is Chamba from Delhi?

  • (598.7 km) via NH 44
  • (679.6 km) via NH9

How far is Chamba from Dalhousie?
  •  (53.0 km) via Dalhousie - Chamba Rd
  •  (42.5 km) via Dalhousie khajjiar Chamba Rd and MDR52

Does Khajjiar have snow?

Yes, In the winter season, there is a lot of snowfall in Khajjiar.

What is Minjar or What is the meaning of Minjar?

Local people called earrings of maize, wheat, paddy and barley etc. So during Minjar fair, Minjar made from zari or knot is applied to the shirt button and worn during the fair. Finally, at the conclusion of the fair, it flows into the Ravi River.

Why Minjar Fair is celebrated?

When the king of Chamba returned after conquering the king of Trigarta (Kangra), the local people celebrated him with gifts of wheat, maize and paddy mingle and season fruit.

When is Minjar fair celebrated?


This fair starts on the second Sunday of Shravan month and runs throughout the week. According to folklore, the Minjar fair started in 935 AD.

What is the main event during the Minjar fair?

During this period, prayers are offered in Lakshmi Narayan Temple and Kunjari-Malhar is sung. For the local people, the mince symbolizes a good harvest.

Minjar Visarjan is the most important ceremony of this festival, which leads to a grand procession from the first Raghunath temple which is situated in the Akhand Chandi palace of the king of Chamba. 

Furnished palanquins of Raghuveer and other deities are brought from the palace to the immersion site with traditional customs, with thousands of devotees and people dressed in traditional costumes.

 The chief guests of the festival offer minjar, one rupee, coconut, coach, and flower in the river by offering them to the rain god amidst the chanting of the decorated stage. The Minjar fair ends with this ceremony and the statues of the deities and the royal flag are brought back to the Akhand Chandi Mahal. 

Cultural programs and sports competitions presented by a large number of artists from the state and other states are the main attractions of this festival. On this occasion, developmental exhibitions are also organized by various departments, boards, and corporations of the state government, through which information about various developmental activities of the state government is given.

 In this week-long international fair, a large number of devotees and people dressed in colorful costumes from the state and outer states add more beauty to the fair.

Where is the Minjar fair held?


The Minjar fair in Chamba district is celebrated in a traditional manner in the historic and green Chaugan plain of Chamba, starting from the last Sunday of July.

What is famous in Khajjiar?

Khajjiar is surrounded by green grasslands and dense forests and is also famous for its attractive temples. Khajjiar is famous for the popular Khajji Naga temple dedicated to the serpent god, and 1 km from Khajjiar, a huge 85 feet statue of Lord Shiva is installed which is the tallest in Himachal Pradesh.

Which place in India is called Mini Switzerland or which city is known as Mini Switzerland of India?

Khajjiar, located near Dalhousie in district Chamba in Himachal Pradesh, is a small place known as Mini Switzerland of India.

Does Chamba have snow?

Yes

What is the best time to visit Khajjiar?

That you can visit Khajjiyar at any time of the year. Grasslands and dense forests form the natural beauty of Khajjiyar and experience a pleasant climate. In the months of January and February, the cold in Khajjiar is very high, due to which there is snowfall here. 

The way to Khajjiar in these two months can cause a break in travel, which can spoil your journey.

Is there snow in Khajjiar in May?

No.

Why is Khajjiar called Mini Switzerland?

Khajjiar is also one of the 160 'mini Switzerland' in the world. Seeing the beauty of Khajjiyar, the title of 'Mini Switzerland' was given.

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