Perched at a height of 1676 mts above sea level, Chamba is a newly emerging tourist destination. Chamba is an attractive place with scenic splendors and magnificent vistas. The place offers picturesque views of the entire Garhwal valley from where one can spot ice-covered peaks of the Himalayas and free flowing River Bhagirathi which attracts nature lovers throughout the year. One can wander around and get the feel of the country side, the pastoral life of the village dwellers. Chamba is just 50 kms away from Mussoorie and can be reached from there. Although there are not much to explore within the town itself but there are several tourist attractions around the town which are listed below:
What to See in Chamba
The dam has been built on the confluence of the two rivers-River Bhagirathi and River Bhilangna and is about 15 kms away. Tehri Lake has been formed at this place and the place offers beautiful views of the two merging rivers. The dam is quite important for North India for its electricity generation and irrigation purposes. The depth of the reservoir for the dam is more than a kilometer.
The New Tehri town is accredited to be the earliest premeditated town in India. The entire town of Tehri was submerged to construct a reservoir for the Tehri dam. Thus, a new town was established to rehabilitate the villages which were removed to build a reservoir. Indeed, New Tehri is regarded as Asia’s most extensive and flourishing rehabilitation program. The elegant township has developed into a divine exquisite hill station.
Surkanda Devi Temple
Situated 22 kms away from Chamba atop a mountain; it is popular among the locals as the sacred ‘Shaktipeeth’. The temple is thronged by a huge number of devotees every year during the Ganga Dussehra Fair held in the months of May-June.
Narendra Nagar is a charismatic place located 44 kms away from Chamba. The town is adorned with scenic splendor and exquisite beauty. Narendra Nagar was earlier the capital of Tehri state and possesses the admired palace of Maharaja Narendra Shah. The town derives its name from the name of its former king. The place is also famous for Ananda Spa, a super luxury spa resort in the Himalayas.
Raghunathji temple is considered to be one of the most sacred sites in the town and it is about 10,000 years old. But, a massive earthquake in the year 1803 destroyed the temple which was later reconstructed and renovated with the help of Scindias.
Popular Towns near Chamba
Merely 55 kms from Chamba, it is one of the most popular and crowded hill stations of India. The town offers charming vistas of the valley and is a shopper’s paradise.
Considered as the Yoga capital of the world, it is one of the most religious places in India with River Ganga in the backdrop. Just 60 kms away from Chamba, Rishikesh enfolds within itself several mythological stories. Famous pilgrimage sites like Laxman Jhula and Neelkanth Mahadev temple are situated in Rishikesh only.
Located just 24 kms away from Chamba at Mussoorie Chamba highway, Dhanaulti is known for its scenic beauty and pleasant weather. The place is a perfect holiday retreat.
Chamba is a beautiful tourist destination and is worth a visit.