Chamba town the headquarters of Chamba district is a small town located on the banks of river Ravi amidst a picturesque and verdant valley. The town has numerous temples and palaces and hosts two popular fairs "Suhi Mata Mela" and "Minjar Mela" which are celebrated with great pomp and fervour. Chamba is also known for its handicrafts and particularly its Pahari paintings
Chamba has numerous temples most of which were built between 8th and 10th century are dedicated to Shiva Vishnu and Durga. Notable temples in Chamba include Champavati Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple and Lakshmi Narayan temple complex with temples of Radha Krishna, Shiva Temple of Chandragupta and Gauri Shankar Temple.
Chamba Miniature Paintings
Chamba paintings has strong influences of Mughal and Deccan style of paintings. Chamba paintings are very authentic and informative social documents of Chamba of yester years.
Manimahesh Kailash Peak is located about 90 kms from Chamba town. Manimahesh Lake is at the base of the Kailash peak at an altitude of about 4080mts. The trek to Manimahesh lake which the Government of Himachal Pradesh has declared as a state-level pilgrimage known as 'Manimahesh Yatra' is undertaken during the month of August / September corresponding to the month of Bhadon according to Hindu calendar. A motorable road goes uptil Hadsar after which its a steep climb of 13 kms to the Manimahesh lake.
Bhuri Singh Museum
Founded in 1908 and named after the Chamba ruler of that time, Bhuri Singh Museum has a wonderful collection of miniature paintings, ornately carved fountain slabs, weapons, Chamba rumal etc from around the Chamba Valley with detailed labels in english.