Top things to do in Chamba Valley

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Chamba

Lakshmi Narayan Temple Complex

Far and away Chamba's top historical attraction, this temple compound crowning Dogra Bazaar contains a line of six beautifully sculpted stone sikharas (10th–19th centuries), festooned with detailed carvings. Enter f…
Viewpoint in Dalhousie

Dhainkund Viewpoint

The upland area of Dhainkund (2745m) is the most uplifting of many beauty spots around Dalhousie, with a 360-degree panorama encompassing the Pir Pinjal range and a large distant reservoir.
Museum in Chamba

Bhuri Singh Museum

This museum's rich collection is strongest on Pahari (Hill Country) miniature paintings from the Chamba and other schools, but also intriguing are copper-plate inscriptions (formerly a way of preserving important do…
Tibetan in Chamba

Tasty Tibet

Above a clothes shop on the motorbike path that links the town and New Bus Stand, this delightful place is cheaper than most dhabas yet has almost the style of an urban coffee house. The blackboard menu offers a sho…
Hindu Temple in Chamba

Bajreshwari Devi Temple

On the road towards the Saal Valley, 80 steps lead up from opposite a medical centre to this exquisite 12th-century sikhara-style temple, dedicated to Bajreshwari, an incarnation of Durga.
Hindu Temple in Chamba

Chamunda Devi Temple

Dating from 1762, this single-storey wooden temple is well worth the steep 378-step climb from near the Old Bus Stand for wonderful views over Chamba and the valley. It's dedicated to a wrathful aspect of the mother…
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 …
Multicuisine in Dalhousie

Cafe Dalhousie

Pseudo-antique furniture and framed sepia photos in a heritage building create a peaceful dining oasis amid the throng of shoppers just off Gandhi Chowk. Great for large portions of sensitively spiced Indian favouri…
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
Religious in Bharmour

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…