Chamba and Dalhousie Circle Attraction

September 24,2019

Places of Interest Chamba-Dalhousie Circle

Bhuri Singh Museum :- This is a veritable store house of exquisite paintings of the famous Kangra and Basholi schools, as well as mass epigraphical material on the history of Chamba. The museum also has in it, wood carvings, ancient manuscripts and murals from Rang Mahal.

Temples :- Chamba has numerous ancient temples patterned in the style of local hill architecture, as well as Shikhara temples. (The main groups of these temples, Lakshminarayan, as well as most in the region are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva, built in the period between the 8th and 10th centuries A.D.). The ‘Chaturmukhi’ image is a major highlight at the Hari Rai temple. Some other important temples of Chamba are the Bansi Gopal temple, Shri Bajreshwari temple and Chamunda Devi temple. These is also a small shrine dedicated to the memory of Rani Suhi who, as the legend goes, sacrificed herself, so that water could flow to the town Chamba.

Bhandal :- Bhandal is located 78 kms. from Chamba. A lush green place, this is the meeting point for the borders of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

Chaugan :- A public promenade – a grassy maidan less than one km. in length and about seventy five meters wide. It is a busy local trading centre for villagers from the surrounding hills. Each year Chaugan is the site for the Minjar procession. The fair lasts for a week and people attend the fair in the local costumes and colourful dresses, in a gay mood walking in the Chaugan where a large number of sports and cultural activities take place to commemorate this occasion. On the conclusion of fair, the ‘minjars’ are immersed into the Ravi. It is also an established base for various exciting treks into the valley around.

Champavati Temple :- There is an ancient temple dedicated to Champavati near Chowgan in the heart of the town known as Champavati Temple or Chamesani temple. According to a popular legend, Princess Champavati was of a religious disposition and used to visit the loghut of a Sadhu for religious conversation. Suspicion grew in her father’s mind and he followed her secretly on one occasion with a drawn sword in his hand, only to find that the hut was empty. As he entered, a voice came from the stillness upbraiding him for his suspicion and telling him that his child would be taken from him as a punishment.

Salooni :- Salooni is located 56 kms. from Chamba. With an excellent views of the surrounding hills, Salooni is located on a ridge at the entrance to Bhandal valley.

Katasan Devi Temple :- (20 kms.) This is a very popular temple with the local people and commands impressive view.

Sarol :- Sarol is locaed 8 kms. from Chamba. A picnic spot in a land scoped garden on the left bank of Ravi. A tourist can get lot of information and also pleasure in visiting the sprawling horticulture farm, with many species of Citrus plants, sheep breeding farm, Poultry farm, Bee keeping farm and canning unit of Sarol, a small but fertile valley.

Saho :- Saho is located 12 kms. from Chamba. Here is an ancient stone temple of ‘Chandrasekhara’, with two remarkable figures.

Bharmaur :- Bharmaur is located 69 kms. from Chamba, altitude 2,195 meters. Bharmaur was the original capital of the state of Chamba. It has several ancient temples and monuments that reflect its erstwhile glory. Some of the important temples also home to Semi-nomadic Shepherds, the Gaddis. Once called Brahmpura, still retains its 84 (Chaurasi) ancient temples and the monuments of its one time glory, some of which dates back to the 7th century A.D.

Kailash Manimahesh :- Kailash Manimahesh is located 35 km. from Bharmaur and 104 km. from chamba, at an altitude of about 4,170 meters. This lake is supposed to be blessed by goddess Kali and protected by Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims journey here to bathe in its sacred water, on the fifteenth day, following the festival of Janmashtami. A fair is held every year at this lake during the month of August of September. In August 2010, the satellite phone system was installed at Manimahesh lake for maintaining telecommunication links with the district headquarters at Chamba and sub-divisional headquarters at Bharmaur, besides the rest of the world for the convenience of Manimahesh pilgrims.

Shakti Devi Temple :- Shakti Devi Temple is located 40 km., from Bharmaur and 109 km. from Chamba located at Chatrari. This temple is of great archaeological interest. The brass idol of the goddess is in the Kashmiri style.

Pangi Valley :- Pangi Valley is located 167 km. from Bharmaur. Pangi valley is a rugged country, severe in its topography, with high steep mountains and little vegetation. Pangi is the house of beautiful people and of colourful folk dances. The headquarters of the Pangi Subdivision is ‘at Kilar’, located in deep, narrow hills by the Chenab river.

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