Chamba is situated inthe western Himalayas between north latitudes 32°10' and 33°13' and eastlongitudes 75°45' and 77°33'. The Chamba district touches the boundarieswith Jammu and Kashmir on the North-West and West, Ladakh area of Jammu and Kashmir and Lahaul and Bara Banghal on the North-East and East, Kangra on theSouth-East and Gurdaspur district of Punjab on the South.
Chamba : Chamba conjures up picture of distant land known for enchanting folklore unspoiled life style and cultural heritage, at once, unique and abundant. The landscape with its rugged beauty beckons the restless spirit. "Chamba –des-achambha" goes the saying above the town of Chamba, "if you come here for a day you spend a full month". The town sprawls lazily over a big plateau under the pine covered Shah Madar hill on the right bank of Ravi and nestles in the care of snow laden mountains. The plateau of Chamba is divided in two extensive terraces. Mighty and majestic palaces mark this division on the outer edge of upper plain, bringing into view their splendour from the down town Chougan which unrolls as a grassy carpet somewhere in the middle of the town.
Chamba the valley of milk and honey is known for its streams, meadows, temples, paintings, rumal ( handkerchief ) and lakes. Chamba has few rivals for its scenic beauty. Chamba is situated at an altitude of 926 metres. and spreads in the area of 24 km. There are three well defined ranges in the district - The Dhauladhar range, the Pangi or Pir Panjal range and Zanskar range. Located on the banks of the Ravi river the township resembles an Italian village fortress. Chamba's temples are mostly dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu and are built of richy engraved stone. Chamba is so sheltered by snow-clad mountain barriers that its monuments escaped destruction at the hands of invaders, which is why it still remains one of the best preserved heartlands of the Himalayan art.
Access and Climate
Delhi 10 h 25 min (596.0 km) via NH44
Shimla 9 h 46 min (341.0 km) via NH205
Manali 10 h (352.2 km) via NH154 and NH3
Dharamshala 4 h 15 min (125.8 km) via SH 43
Dalhousie 1 h 45 min (52.6 km) via Chamba - Pathankot Rd
Pathankot 3 h 23 min (119.6 km) via Chamba - Pathankot Rd
The closest RAIL-head is Pathankot 120 km. away.
Gaggal Airport 3 h 48 min (115.8 km) via SH 43
Taxis and buses are easily available from these places.
Climate: Chamba offers to tourists apleasant climate theoughtout the year and is ideal for all kind of tourism related activities. One can explore remote chamba valleys as well as world famous Khajjiar, Dalhousie etc. by making Chamba as Centre place. The summer temperatures range between 15° C and 38° C, while the winter temperatures usually remain between 8° C and 15° C.
Chamba is a bit hot in summer but the overall climate is pleasant throughout the year. The temperature dip down in winter considerably. March to May and September to December is the best time to visit Chamba however because of pleasant weather, not very hot and not very cold, Chamba can be visited in any season and month.