Uttarakhand is the heartland of the Himalayas. A wide expanse between the Himalayas in the North and the Shivalik range in the South, it offers the most breathtaking views of the mighty peaks; mist covered deep gorges and verdant valleys.
At the doorstep of this heaven, on the foothills of the Himalayas lies Chamba. Unexplored, untouched, overlooking the snow-clad peaks on one side and offering a magnificent view of the valley on the other, about 60 km from Mussoorie is the small hill town of Chamba, Uttarakhand (don’t confuse it with Chamba in Himachal Pradesh). Chamba is at an altitude of 1676 m above sea level. An unspoilt territory and covered with lots of pine and deodar trees, Chamba offers you a never explored break. Unlike Mussoorie, the place is very quiet, serene and offers pictursque beauty.
It is an excellent place to relax and enjoy and is just a drive away from the city blues. One can reach Chamba in about two hours from Rishikesh. After the submergence of old Tehri, Chamba is the fast-emerging tourist spot in Tehri Garhwal. The snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, the awe inspiring views of the green gorges and the enchanting valleys all around the river Bhagirathi will undoubtedly leave you spellbound, amidst rich apple orchards.
District: Tehri Garhwal
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Hindi, English
Best Season: Mar – Jun, Sep – Dec
Weather: Summer 15 to 30°C,
Winter: -5 to 20°C
Altitude: 1600 m
STD code: 01376
Chandigarh to Chamba 269 km
Delhi to Chamba 294 km
Shimla Manali to Chamba 383 km
Indore to Chamba 1093 km
Nagpur to Chamba 1338 km
Best Season / Best time to visit
Chamba in Uttarnchal is a place that can be visited all round the year.
Summers (March to June) are warm with maximum temperature about 30 °C and minimum temperature touching 14 °C. The season is preferred by all kinds of tourists.
Winters (November to February) are very cool. Minimum observed temperature is about 4 °C. Snow falls were occurring during January and February, but for the last some years there has been no snow.
Monsoons (July to October) offer low to medium rainfalls. Chamba looks beautiful in rains.
Best seasons to visit Chamba are all through the year, may avoid peak winter days.
March to June are ideal for all kinds of tourist activities. Pleasant climate makes the outdoor activities exciting and rejuvenating. July to October are fine for short trips and viewing the natural beauties.
November to February is ideal for indoor activities as well as outings.
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Chamba
If one moves beyond the crowded market places, one will have a breath-taking view of the Himalayan peaks of Thalay Sagar and Jonli. All of a sudden, the awe-inspiring scene of the gushing river Bhagirathi into the wide valley will open up before your eyes.
Once a part of the Gorkha kingdom, and later ruled by the kings of Garhwal, Chamba has many unknown jewels, still unexplored by the outer world. Neighbouring districts of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Pauri, Rudraprayag give this town a unique advantage of being the entry point to the inner Himalayas.
Stroll around the hills, breathe pure air to rejuvenate the soul, go for a trek, visit the local temples and see the mist enveloping the town with its mysterious veil at any sudden hour of the day. Just unwind. And recharge.
The scene is picturesque, the weather is salubrious and the people are friendly. It’ll be your most rewarding journey to a never explored world.
55 km from Chamba, known as the Queen of the Hills, Mussoorie’s major attractions are the Mall, Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba and Gun Hill.
The district headquarters of Tehri Garhwal is 11 km from Chamba and is a new model town adjoining one of the biggest dams in the hills. Meeting point of the rivers Bhagirathi and Bhilangana.
44 km from Chamba, it is a picturesque hill town. Once the capital of Garhwal Kingdom, it offers a fine view of the River Ganga and Doon Valley. Ananda resort in the Himalayas, a well-known super luxury spa in the Himalayas is also located nearby.
Surkanda Devi Temple
Located 24 km from Chamba, one of the Shaktipeeths, Surkanda Devi Temple is a famous pilgrimage centre in the Himalayas. 3 km trek takes you to the temple complex, on the top of a hill.
How to Reach Here
By air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Chamba situated at a distance of 75kms. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Chamba. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Chamba is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport.
By road: Chamba is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand and northern states of India. Luxury and normal Buses to Chamba, Rishikesh, and Tehri etc. are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Chamba are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Devprayag, Srinagar, Tehri, Uttarkashi etc. Chamba is connected with National Highway 94.
By rail: The nearest railway station to Chamba is situated in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh Railway station are frequent. Chamba is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Chamba. Rishikesh Railway station is situated 58kms before Chamba.
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