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Chamba, the less-explored wonder in Himachal

Chamba in Himachal is a beautiful, naturally blessed town set on the banks of the Ravi river. The history of this culturally rich town dates back to the 2nd century when the region was ruled by the Khasis and the Adumbaras.

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Chamba, the less-explored wonder in Himachal

This beautiful hill town is not on the tourist radar like other popular Himachali towns, and that’s what makes Chamba a must-visit destination. There’s so much beauty, solitude and warmth that you’d never want to leave the place ever! Here are some prominent places of tourist interest that you must visit when in Chamba:

Manimahesh Lake

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Manimahesh Lake

The lake is in proximity to Manimahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range. Situated at an elevation of 4080 m, this lake is a part of an important Hindu pilgrimage trek, which takes place in August and September. This religious trek is known as the Manimahesh Yatra.

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary in Chamba district is counted among the best wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh. Spread over a huge 30.69 sq km, it is a perfect spot for hiking enthusiasts. The park is home to a range of wild animals, including jackal, langur, leopard, and Himalayan black marten.

Chamunda Devi Temple

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Chamunda Devi Temple

Around 15 km from Dharamshala, Chamunda Devi Temple in Chamba holds great religious significance and is an important pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Set on the banks of the River Baner, this temple was built by Raja Umed Singh in 1762. The temple is made of wood and is dedicated to Shiva and Shakti.

 

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Chamera Dam

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Chamera Dam

Built on River Ravi, Chamera Dam is among the must-visit places in Chamba. The dam is also one of the major sources of electricity in the region, generating more than 540 MW of electricity. The place is also scenic with mountains and lake views.

Bhuri Singh Museum

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Bhuri Singh Museum

Another prime attraction in Chamba is Bhuri Singh Museum, which was inaugurated on September 14, 1908. The museum is home to more than 8500 antique items, including coins, costumes, guns, jewellery, painting, and rare Sharda script among others. This is a must-visit for those who wish to get an insight into the rich history of Himachal Pradesh.

Akhand Chandi Palace

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Akhand Chandi Palace

The palace was built between the years 1748 and 1764. This beautiful palace offers picturesque views of the whole town and several tourist destinations like the Chamunda Devi Temple, Rang Mahal and many more. One of the most distinguishing features of the palace is its green conical roof that comes in handy when it snows.

 

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