- CHAMBA GENERAL INFORMATION
- CHAMBA LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
Chamba town (915m). stands on the right bank of the river Ravi. As a former princely State, it is one of the oldest in the century and dates back to the sixth century. It is well known for its splendid architecture and a base for numerous excursions. It is also the district headquarters.
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Laxmi Narayan Temple is a 10th century temple, which is constructed in the Shikhara style by Sahil Verman. It is the oldest and the largest of all the temples located in Chamba region. The temple complex houses six shrines, which are either dedicated to Lord Vishnu or to Lord Shiva.
Inside the temple, there is a main idol of Lord Vishnu, which is made using a rare piece of marble that has a glittering appearance. In addition, there are number of shrines in this temple, which are dedicated to several other deities like Gauri Shankar, Radha and Krishna.
Bhuri Singh Museum
Officially started in 1908, the Bhuri Singh Museum at Chamba is named after the illustrious King Raja Bhuri, who had contributed his family compilation of paintings to the museum. The inscription in Sarda scripts that are exhibited in the museum give vital information on the medieval account of Chamba.
The Chamba rulers were great patrons of arts and culture, and the Museum houses outstanding collections of Guler-Kangra style Paintings. It is sure that the Basohli style paintings, which illustrates the Bhagwat Purana and Ramayana catches the attention of the visitor. Other fascinating attraction of the museum is the Chamba-Rumals that are famed for stunning embroidery work. In addition to all these, the Museum also holds Armour and arms, coins, hill jewelry and costumes, musical instruments and diverse ornamental artifacts.
The old museum building stands it way to the newly built mammoth structure, which was constructed in 1975. Except on holidays and Monday the museum remains open from 10 am to 5 pm throughout the year.
KHAJJIAR GENERAL INFORMATION
Often called India’s Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960m) has a circumference of about 5 km. Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to KhajjI Nag. Within the temple are life size wooden images of the five Pandav brothers.
Khajjiar is one of the most beautiful hill resorts in Himachal Pradesh. Situated in-between Dalhousie and Chamba valley, this amazing meadow serves as a perfect getaway destination, especially for those who are looking for a respite form the bustling city life. The picturesque locales, serene ambience and captivating charm of Khajjiar lure tourists from far and wide. In this article, we have provided information about the main places that you visit while on a sightseeing tour of Khajjiar.
Khajinag Temple (Golden Devi Temple)
The town of Khajjiar has been named after its ancient temple of Khajinag. Situated near the famous Khajjiar Lake, this temple dates back to as far back as the 12th century. The temple stands adorned with a golden dome and spire, which has led to the temple often being called as the ‘Golden Devi’ temple. It has wooden sanctum with intricate carvings. The ‘mandapam’ of Khajinag Temple has images of the Pandavas and the defeated Kaurvas, seen on the roof of the circumambulatory path of the temple. The temple attracts many devotees and tourists alike.
Khajjiar Lake is a small lake, surrounded by saucer-shaped lush green meadow and a floating island. The dense growth of weed called ‘vacha’ has made its earth spongy. Now the banks stand covered by a thick layer of earth, formed by the years of dust settling down on the weeds.
One of the major attractions of Khajjiar is its huge nine-hole golf course. People visiting the valley of Chamba make sure to visit Khajjiar and enjoy the sport for a while.