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India - Chamba Valley, Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, heavenly hiking!


Chamba town (915m). stands on the right bank of the river Ravi. As a former princely State, it is one of the oldest in the century and dates back to the sixth century. It is well known for its splendid architecture and a base for numerous excursions. It is also the district headquarters.

Chamba is about a is connected by road and is 360 miles  from Delhi. It is 15 miles from Khajjiar, Dalhousie via Khajjair, is 20 miles. The closest railhead is at Pathankot, 73 miles away. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 105 miles. Taxis/buses are available from these places.

CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature gets very low because of cold winds, when heavy woolens are required. It is hot in summer and the temperature rises up to 38 degrees


LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE COMPLEX : With six main Shikhara style temples and several smaller shrines, this is renowned for its finely executed classical forms.

HARI RAI TEMPLE : This is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and dates back to the 11th Century.

OTHER TEMPLES : The profusion of temples in Chamba and their craftsmanship is remarkable. Some important shrines are Champavati, Vijreshwari, Sui Mata and Chamunda Devi.

THE CHOWGAN : Chamba's wide concourse is the hub of much of towns activity and also serves as its promenade.

RANGMAHAL : This old palace is an interesting mix of colonial and local architectural styles.

AKHAND CHANDI PALACE : Now a college, this imposing building once housed Chamba's ruling family. Much of the original craftsmanship can still be seen.

BHURI SINGH MUSEUM : Named after Raja Bhuri Singh of Chamba, this is a treasure house of Chamba's rich past. The exhibits include copper plates, murals, doorways, costumes, paintings and stone carvings.

ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH : Over a century old, this is a charming dressed stone structure with lancet windows.

BHARMOUR (69 Km) : Its 84 ancient temples at a height of 2141m are well known. It is also the summer home of the nomadic Gaddi people.

MANIMAHESH (98 Km) : This sacred lake (4183m) is associated with Lord Shiva and is a site of annual pilgrimage from mid of August to mid of September each year. Distance from Bharmaur is 28 Km.

CHATRARI (45 Km) : An attractive temple to Shakti Devi is located here.

Modern and centrally located Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel Iravati at Chamba. Surrounded by flowering bougainvillea and set in an attractive lawn, this by far, is the best place to stay in Chamba.

ADDRESS : The Iravati, Chamba (H.P.) - 176310
Tel: (01899) - 222671.9418122628 Fax: (01899) - 222565

CLASS : Deluxe Hotel



Khajjiar has been compared to the spectacular Alpine Switzerland.  Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar (cedar) climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to KhajjI Nag. Within the temple are life size wooden images of the five Pandav brothers.

ACCESS : Khajjiar is connected by road and is 23 km from Dalhousie and 26 km from Chamba. It is 520 km from Delhi. The closest railhead is at Pathankot, 120 km. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 180 km. Taxis and buses are available from all these places.

CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature hovers around freezing point with snowfall and heavy woolens are required. In summer, the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.