Honeymoon in Chamba
Chamba is nicely tucked between Jammu and Kashmir on the North West and Lahaul and Bara Bangal area of Himachal on the South-East. Chamba valley is chiseled out of high mountains on all sides and a river running through it. Sitting just 52 km from Dalhousie, Chamba wore a very different look from the colonial town. Dalhousie is today known for its colonial remains and heritage where as Chamba still clings close to its old customs and heritage.
Sharp cliffs, serene river, greenery and ancient heritage make Chamba a scenic beauty. The unique and protective landscape shielded the town from serious invasions. It is one of the only towns in North India to still preserve a documented history from 500 AD Circa. Temples constructed thousands of years ago by Chamba Rajas still continued to be places of worship and attract thousands of tourists.
The adjoining areas have immense scope of leisure pursuits too; the plateaus and the snowline can be sighted from any part of the town. The town was founded by Raja Sahil Varman in the beginning of 10th Century and was named after her beloved daughter Champa. Amazingly the great Muslim rulers like Akbar and Shah Jahan never invaded this smaller Rajput kingdom. In fact Shah Jahan was a close friend of Raja Prathvi Singh (1641- 1664), a Chamba king. Though there were occasional fights the kingdom was never destroyed beyond repair and retained its honor even during the British era. It was in 1948 that Chamba became part of Himachal Pradesh.
Apart from the snow capped mountains and rich scenic beauty, Chamba has many interesting and unexposed temples dating back to 1000 AD.
Places to Visit in Chamba:
- Kailash Mani mahesh( 4,170 metres ):It is 28 km from Chamba. The lake here is supposed to be blessed by goddess Kali and protected by Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims journeyed here to bathe in its sacred water to invoke blessings from God.
- Bhuri Singh Museum:
Open on 14th September 1908 and named after Raja Bhuri Singh who ruled Chamba from 1904 to 1919, it is one of the oldest Museums in India. It also housed popular Pahari miniature paintings. The museum is also home to many epigraphs, copper plates, historical documents, manuscripts, and sculptures in stone, metal and wood, coins, murals, wood carvings, armor and other decorative items.
- Laxmi Narayan Temple Chamba:
This temple is more than a thousands year’s old. Built by Sahil Varman in 10th AD, the temple was built in Shikhara style and was dedicated to Lord Lord Vishnu and Shiva. The architecture and the unique style of the temples are a great attraction. There are other Temples in the complex.
- Champavati Temple:
This temple was also built by Raja Sahil Varman in memory of his daughter Champavati. Intricate stone carvings and wheel roof characterize this temple. It is very different from all the temples you’ve seen and it is worth a visit.
- Pangi Valley:
This remote place has no proper contact with the outside world and most times it is completely cut off. A perfect place to escape from the Chaos of city life.
- Chaurasi Temples:
The temple complex has temples of Lakshana Devi, Ganesha, Manimahesh and Narsingha. The temples date back to 9th Century and remain an important place of worship for the Hindus.
Some Other Honeymoon Attractions in Chamba
||Chamba Central Park
||Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
There are a number of devotional shrines, where you would love to take your beloved to, and pray together for the everlasting love and bliss in your life. Located at scenic places, these temples are great for sightseeing as well. Main temples to visit include:
Other attractions worth visiting, for you honeymooners would be:
|Chamunda Devi Temple
||Surkhanda Devi Temple
|Champavati Devi Temple
||Bajreshwari Devi Temple
|Hari Rai Mandir
||Laxmi Narayan Temple
|Sui Mata Devi Mandir
|Scotland Missionary Church
||Bansi Gopal Temple
|Katasan Devi Temple
|Kajji Nag Temple
||Gauri Shankar Temple
|Akhand Chandi Palace Temple
- Akhand Chandi Palace
- Rang Mahal
- Kailash Manimahesh
- Chamba Library
Pick Chamba special souvenirs from the markets. You can shop for local stone and metal goodies, shawls, paintings, etc. apart from sightseeing and wildlife tours, adventure enthusiasts can also med themselves with:
- River rafting in Ravi streams
- Trekking around Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Zanskar foothill as well as uphill.
- Horse riding around Khajjiar Lake.
- Explore the culture and lifestyle of Chamba, meet the porters and walk around with them.
- Cherish the mesmeric views of Mount Kailash.
- If you still have time and want to see more of nearby beauties, you can also visit the Tehri Township, Khajjiar valley, Dalhousie and Dhanaulti.
Honeymoon Hotels to Stay in Chamba
Chamba valley offers wide variety of options in luxury as well as budget honeymoon accommodations. Best hotels of Chamba are:
- Hotel Ashiana Regency, Chamba
- The Iravati Hotel – HPTDC, Chamba
- Classic Hill Top, Chamba
- City Heart Hotel, Chamba
- Devdar Hotel, Chamba
- Hotel Royal Regency, Chamba
Best Time to Visit Chamba
Chamba is all season headway, with every season blessed with its own beauty and efficacy. Though the peak seasons are referred to during the months of March to June and then between September to Dec.
How to Reach to Chamba
Dehradun domestic airport is the nearest air terminal to get down at for the air travels going to Chamba.
Chamba is not accessible by railways. If you are planning to travel by railways, you will have to take a train to the Rishikesh or Pathankot, which are both well linked in all directions and thus, accessible from almost all parts of the country. Getting down there you can further take cab/taxi/bus to cover the road distance to Chamba.
Various national highways and state highways branching out leading the way to Chamba, and to travel on this scenic route is an experience you would love to cherish all your life. You can either choose to travel with tourist bus or can also take a car on rent for the drive.
What Things to Carry to Chamba
Basic travel necessities that your bag must have, while away from home, in Chamba:
- Mobiles, handycam, camera and your other gadgets.
- Chargers, batteries and a carry bag for the gadgets.
- Important medicines.
- Comfortable clothes.
- Shawl in summer (for nights) and proper woolens in winter.
- Sunglasses and other accessories.
- Make-up kit and skin care products
- A backpack.
- Trekking Shoes, etc.
- Camping Equipments (if you plan for a private camping).
Before How Many Days the Booking Must be Done
Chamba valley is amongst one of the most sought destinations of Himachal and thus you have to be proactive regarding your honeymoon tour and trip bookings to be done in advance, otherwise the rates of hotels may go high or desired package /room may not be available. Why take risk, do it all at least 1.5-2 months before your trip.