Chamba is an unpolluted and pristine hill station of Uttarakhand state set at an altitude of 1676mts above sea level. Chamba is situated at the end of the Mussoorie - Chamba Road in the Tehri District of Garhwal region. The excursions of Chamba are popular places and frequently visited by tourists, but Chamba offers peace and tranquility more than the hill stations like Mussoorie and Tehri. Chamba is unlike other hill stations when it comes to picturesque views of the Himalayas, calmness and serenity as this place delivers more than any other hill station do. Chamba has successfully lured tourists with its celestial and unmatched beauty. Chamba is located amidst dense pine and deodar forests offering enchanting views of the Himalayas. Chamba can be reached in two hours from Rishikesh or Mussoorie and it takes around 8 hours to reach Chamba from Delhi. Earlier Chamba was a part of the Gorkha Kingdom but the Kings of Garhwal later ruled this place. The visual experience of the hues of the sunset as seen from Chamba is invigorating. This place provides releases us from all the stress and tensions and showers us with new ideas and inspirational things to do.
Location of Chamba
Chamba is situated in the Tehri district of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state at an elevation of 1676mts above sea level. Located amidst numerous pine and deodar trees, Chamba offers picturesque and serene beauty of nature. Chamba is 18kms from Tehri, 56kms from Mussoorie and 295kms from Delhi.
Places to see in Chamba
Surkanda Devi Trek: Surkanda Devi is an ancient shrine located near Dhanaulti dedicated to Sati – Wife of Lord Shiva. This sacred temple is set at an astounding altitude of 3030mts above sea level. The deity of this temple is the Shankar's consort - Sati and one can reach there through 2 km easy trek. The trek to Surkanda Devi goes through dense forest which is rich in varied flora and fauna. The trek affords panoramic views of snow clad peaks of the splendid Himalayan range. According to myths and legends the head of the charred body of Goddess Sati fell here when Lord Shiva was taking her remains along with him after she give her life in the yajna started by her father. The temple holds immense importance amongst the people of Uttarakhand state and other nearby regions. The temple is situated 9kms from Dhanaulti.
Mussoorie: Mussoorie is a hill station which needs no introduction as it is one of the most frequently visited hill station of India. Mussoorie is visited by lakhs of tourists throughout the year. Mussoorie is set in the foothills of Himalayas in the Dehradun district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand state. Mussoorie is situated 56km from Chamba and is set at an elevation of 2005mts above sea level. The place is situated amidst green hills and is rich in varied flora and fauna that’s why Mussoorie is also known as ‘queen of the hills’. Kempty Falls, the mall road, Bhatta falls, Gunhill and Lal Tibba are some of the popular places nearby Mussoorie.
New Tehri: It is the only planned town of Uttarakhand state made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. Tehri dam is one of the largest and highest dams of Asia continent.
Dhanaulti: Dhanaulti is situated on the misty mountains amidst dense alpine, oak and rhododendron forests in the Tehri District of Uttarakhand state at an elevation of 2286mts. The pleasant weather, wooded slopes, invigorating vies of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas adds peace and tranquility for the tourists visiting Dhanaulti. As Mussoorie has become crowded, many tourists love to retreat to Dhanaulti. Dhanaulti is situated 24kms from Mussoorie and 30kms from Chamba on Mussoorie - Chamba Road.
Kanatal: Kanatal is situated 23kms from Chamba on Mussoorie – Chamba Road in the Tehri District of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Kanatal is a picturesque lake with pristine water which was forgotten and almost died. The lake stands at an elevation of 8500mts above sea level amidst forest and lush fruit orchards. The peacefulness of this place is impregnable, the reflection of the enchanting surroundings blesses the place with illusionary elements of life and the sound of the wind is the only thing that could be listened without making an effort.
What to do in Chamba
Explore the pastoral life of the villages in Chamba and travel to its nearby places and popular excursions. Enhance your photography skills. Walk in the woods.
Accomodations Hotels in Chamba
Classic Hill Top Resort Uttaranchal is one of the best resorts of Chamba. GMVN Tourist Bungalows are also situated in Chamba providing quality stay and food with affordable prices. Snow Leopard Himalayan Retreat has also earned a good name in recent times.
Best time to visit Chamba
Chamba is a scenic spot with natural beauteousness capable of luring the nature lovers throughout the year. During summers the place acts as a relief for the tourists coming from hectic city schedules and sultry conditions of the plains. Even though the monsoon offers beautiful greenery, people try to avoid this season because of the chances of blocking and breaking of roads due to landslides.
How to reach Chamba
By Road: Chamba is well connected with motorable roads from major destinations of Garhwal region like Tehri, Mussoorie and Rishikesh etc. Chamba is situated 295km from Delhi which can be covered in 8 hours drive. Taxis and buses are easily available to Chamba from Mussoorie Rishikesh and Tehri.
By Air: Jolly grant is the nearest airport situated 76kms from Dhanaulti. Taxis are available from the airport.
By Rail: Nearest railway stations from Chamba are Rishikesh and Dehradun where Dehradun is situated 88kms and Rishikesh is located 60kms from Chamba.