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Lakshmi Narayan Temple Complex

Standing in a compound at the top of the Dogra Bazar, this superb line of six beautiful stone sikharas, covered in carvings, dates from the 10th to the 19th centuries. The largest (and oldest) is dedicated to Lakshm…
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Chaurasi Temples

The Chaurasi temples, 500m up the street from the bus stand, occupy a wide flagstone courtyard that doubles as an outdoor classroom and cricket practice ground. There are three main Shaivite temples, plus a couple o…
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Chamunda Devi Temple

Reached by a steep 378 steps up from near the bus stand (or by taxi), the Chamunda Devi Temple, built in 1762, is well worth the climb for its wonderful views over the town and valley. It's dedicated to a wrathful a…
Museum in Chamba

Bhuri Singh Museum

This well-displayed museum, one of Himachal's best, includes a wonderful collection of Pahari (Hill Country) miniature paintings from the Chamba and other schools. Also here are intriguing copper-plate inscriptions …
Hindu Temple in Chamba

Bajreshwari Devi Temple

On the road towards the Saal valley, a small roadside arch leads to the exquisite 12th-century sikhara-style Bajreshwari Devi Temple, dedicated to Bajreshwari, an incarnation of Durga.
Hindu Temple in Bharmour

Brahmani Mata Temple

For the best valley views, continue up the road from the Chaurasi Temples gate to the shabby but panoramic Brahmani Mata Temple, 3km above town. The route passes through the upper village, still full of traditional …
Hindu Temple in Bharmour

Manimahesh Temple

The central temple in the Chaurasi compound is a classic stone sikhara dedicated to Shiva. Built in the 7th century AD, it's now dwarfed by a huge cedar growing next to it
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Manimahesh Yatra

In the fortnight following Janmastami (Krishna's birthday; late August or early September) up to 300,000 pilgrims make the demanding hike up to the sacred Manimahesh Lake, at 4200m altitude, in honour of Lord Shiva.…
Historic Building in Chamba

Rang Mahal

Up on the hillside above the Chowgan, the fortresslike, rusty-coloured Rang Mahal, built in the 18th century and formerly the royal granary and treasury, now houses the State Handicraft & Handloom Centre, making…
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Sui Mata Shrine

Up above the east side of town, just off the road towards the Saal valley, the small, modern Sui Mata Shrine features colourful paintings telling the tale of the revered Chamba queen Sui, who gave her life to appeas…