Small but attractive - Chamba

1st Oct 2018
Photo of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, India by Shivani

It was our 3rd destination after travelling through Dalhousie and Khajjiar. From the corns spread in distinctive patterns on the roofs of houses to sharp curvy roads and serene climate, finally we were in Chamba. After staying in Dalhousie and Khajjiar for few days, our group decided to explore Chamba. It was really a best and non-repentable decision that we made. This place is a dream come true for those who want to breath fresh and stay relaxed from the hustle and bustle of over-crowded cities. Chamba is a renowned hill station in the Abode of Gods state (Himachal Pradesh). It is known to attract a huge footfall all over the year but especially the offbeat season is preferred by all. The calm yet boisterous river Ravi matched perfectly with the orangish-yellow sky.

Himachal never disappoint the travelers who love rough roads and adventure. Going more of the desi way, we opted for the camps to stay. Those were located around 3 kms. from Chamba and at a walking distance from silently flowing Ravi.

With the rising of Sun and the chirping of birds, we got up and stepped to take a stroll of Chamba. Starting from Lakshmi narayan temple and church, we then went to the Bhuri singh museum. It was a pleasant weather and there were no sign of sweat at all. Then we headed towards the most famous Chamunda devi temple, the view of the whole place was breathtaking from there. Till that time, we were exhausted and want to charge up ourselves with food. But not the all time dal makhni and mix veg one. At a local restaurant, we tried the specialty of Himachal, i.e. Madra, it is sort of local rajma, cooked with a mix of dry spices and curd. The whole meal was awesome and delicious. A day was enough to wander in Chamba and for local sight-seeing.

We were ready to return to our camps, but our driver said, how could you miss some antique shopping in Dogra bazaar when you are in Chamba? There were no chances of saying a no! So we did a lot of shopping and thus our day ended with the soothing music of local artists singing Maye ni meriye, shimle di raahe.. chamba kitni ka door hai...

Opinion: Those who really want to experience the ultimate weather, selfless people and local flavors of Himachal, must visit Chamba once and yes try to opt for stays in remote location nearby the river which will bring you closer to the nature.