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Chamba Beautiful District Of Himachal Pradesh

Chamba in Himachal Pradesh

Situated on the bank of River Ravi and at an altitude of 996 meters above sea level. The place is believed to be ruled by Maru Dynasty. The prominent ruler of ancient time was Raja Maru who used to rule from Bharmour, an erstwhile capital. It was his daughter Champavati who got capital shifted from Bharmour to Chamba. Present city Chamba derived its name from Champa Vati. Now, it is district headquarter.

The place is well known for its old unique temples and its exquisite scenic beauty. Surrounded by green deodar trees and high hills, the place attracts tourists due its fascinating meadows, streams, rivers, paintings and many more.

It lies in the lap of Dhauladhar range, Pangi range and Zanskar range.

Temples of Shiva, Vishnu and Goddesses stand tall with their old architectural designing and magnificent sculptures. The place is also known to be home of Gaddis means shepherded.

Climate: Place is neither too hot nor too cool. It winters temperature reduces too low but in summer temperature is moderate.

Worth visiting places:

Religious places:

Kailash Manimahesh: This place is considered highly religious as per Hindu mythology. Pilgrims  go on Mani Mahesh Yatra in the month of August or September. The holy journey starts from Laxmi Narayan temple in Chamba, from here a holy stick (Chari) is taken to sacred Lake of Mani Mahesh. The lake is at height of 13,500 feet above sea level and base ofMani Mahesh Kailash peak. Mani Mahesh Kailash peak is 18,564 feet high. There is a Gauri Kund , a  holy pond where women take religious bath. This “Yatra” is as significant as Badrinth, Amarnath yatras. Usually, Yatra is completed in two stages. Bus service is available till Hadsar. Many” “langars” are served to devotees and those who are unable to walk, they can hire animals also. Mani Mahesh is 35 km from Bharmour.

Champavati Temple: This temple is very famous for its historical as well architectural importance. Located in the heart of city Chamba, it attracts many pilgrims from all over the country. Raja Sahil Varman was founder of this temple who got it built in the memory of his daughter Champavati. An idol of goddess  Mahishasuramardini  is worshiped here which is believed to be incarnation of Durga. Wall of the temple showcase amazing sculptures of old time and roof has a wheel. The most wonderful feature of the temple is its Shikara Style architecture and intricate stone carving which distinguish this temple from other temples.

Laxmi Narayan Temple: This temple was primarily constructed by Raja Sahil Verman and later adorned by other Rajas also. It is specimen of architectural marvel and place of great historical significance. It is the oldest as well largest temple of Chamba.  There are six separate temples housed inside the Laxmi Narayan complex and dedicated to either Shiva or Vishnu. Although, it was erected in 10th century by Raja Sahal Varman, Raja BalaBhadra added  a metallic image of Garuda on main gate of the temple whereas, Raja Chhatra Singh built glided pinnacles at the tops of  the temple in 1678.It is constructed according to climatic conditions of the place. Top of the roofs are of umbrella like structures so that snow which is quite expected, falls off the roof. Designing is of Shikara style as of Champavati Temple. According to the legends, idol of Lord Vishnu housed in the temple, is made of rarest of rare marble, to get which erstwhile Raja sacrificed his eight sons, among whom, eldest one survived and succeeded in getting the marble.

Chamunda Devi Temple: The temple, dedicated to Goddess Chamunda Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, was built by Raja Umed Singh in 1762. The famous shrine witnesses the motifs of flora and fauna carved on the ceiling and wooden work. Roof of the temple is gabbled and made of slates to shed off snow.

Nestled amidst the Himalayan range Chamba valley and atop the Shah Madar Hills, one can witness beautiful landscapes and panoramic view of the area.

Sui Mata Temple: The temple is dedicated to Sui, a princess of old time who sacrificed her life for welfare of her kingdom. Her story of great sacrifice is depicted in the colorful paintings inside the temple. Sui Mata Mela also takes place in the memory of the princess where ladies and children participate.

Vajreshwari temple: The temple is dedicated to Goddess Vajeshwari Devi who was known to be courageous and ferocious. The temple is in Shikara Style with Chatris and bell like structure at the top.

Hari Rai Temple: Like other temples of the area, it is also historically and religiously significant. Erected on the stone platform, the temple is in Shikara style and exhibit beautiful stone carvings. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was built by Salabahana in 11th century. Lying at the north west of Main Chawgan, it became official entrance in 19th century. A bridge was also built in the year 1894 which is main attraction for tourists.

Other tourist places:

Dalhousie: At a distance of 52 km from Chamba, situated in Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas, Dalhousie is honeymooner’s paradise. The place derived its name from Lord Dalhousie, then British Governor General in India as a summer retreat for its bureaucrats and troops. The town has everything to offer from beautiful high hills all around, cool air, tranquil atmosphere. Picturesque beauty provides excellent feast for the eyes. Deodar trees and lush green carpeted meadows make the trip an unforgettable one. Bungalows and churches of the town are fine examples of colonial charm.

Tourist destinations in Dalhousie:

Panjpula: Mesmerizing scenic spots welcomes tourists at Panchpula .there are five bridges on a stream and supply water to Dalhousie and Bahloon. There is a Satdhara spring on the way which is another picnic spot. Water of the spring is believed to have some therapeutic properties. This place has historical significance as Monument in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh was erected at this place.

St. Andrew’s Church: There are many famous churches located at different locations but the most famous of them is St. Andrew’s Church built by Protestant Christians in the year 1903 at Baloon.

Subhash Baoli:  The place has abundance of tranquility and scenic beauty due to which Subhash Chander Bose spent most of his free time during his 7 month stay at  Dalhousie.

St.Francis Church:  This church is believed to be made by army, civil officers and civilians atSubhash Chowk. It is specimen of intricate stone carvings and glass work.

St. John’s Church: This Church was built by Rev. John Pratt with the help of Christian community who visited Dalhousie in the year of 1863. The church is replica of Roman Catholics church in England.

Kalatop: The place is known for wildlife sanctuary and panoramic views of the surroundings.

Khajjiar: This place is also known as Mini Switzerland for its picturesque beauty and peaceful ambience.  It is just 23 km from Dalhousie at height of 6400 feet.  Meadows are carpeted with lush green soft grass and surrounded by thick pine and cedar forests. Center of attraction is small saucer shaped lake in the center of green grassy ground. Near the lake there is an old temple of Khajji Nag of 12th century. Mr.Willy T. Blazer, Vice Counselor and head of Chancery of Switzerland in India  is given the credit for bring Khajjiar on world tourism map and christened it” Mini Switzerland”. On the way yellow Swiss sign” for hiking path” was also laid by him.

Bharmour:  The place was capital of Raja Sahil Varman till AD 920 which later on was shifed to Chamba on request of Champavati. It is also home of legendry Gaddies. It is 65 km from Chamba.  The place is famous for its old temples of various Gods and Goddesses. Primarily, Lakshana Devi and Ganesh temples are considered the oldest. The tallest temple of the area is Manimahesh which was also built in Shikara style of architecture and magnificent artwork. Roofs of the temple are gabbled.  It houses “Shivalingam”on a raised platform. Another temple is Nar Singh and Laxmi Devi. Pilgrims take dip in the holy pond (Ardhganga)in the premises of temple. Land of Bharmour is named as Shiv BHumi as it is devoted to Lord Shiva.

Title: Chamba Very Beautiful District Of Himachal Pradesh

Keywords: Raja Sahil Varman, Manimahesh, Mani Mahesh Yatra, Champavati Temple, Khajjiar

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