Harirai Mandir

Himachal Pradesh

This 11th-century temple sacred to Vishnu stands right beside Gandhi Gate just off the north end of the Chowgan.

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1. Gandhi Gate

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This unsophisticated red-painted arch makes a useful landmark, spanning the street at the northern end of the Chowgan.

2. Champavati Temple

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3. Akhand Chandi Palace

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Lording it over the town is the unmissable if relatively unexotic Akhand Chandi Palace, the whitewashed former home of the Chamba raja. Built in the mid…

4. Lakshmi Narayan Temple Complex

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5. Sitaram Temple

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Tucked into a mostly residential area, this photogenic little 17th-century sikhara temple is dedicated to Rama.

6. Bansi Gopal Temple


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7. Bhuri Singh Museum

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8. Rang Mahal

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Up on the hillside above the Chowgan, the rusty-coloured 18th-century Rang Mahal looks like a Victorian prison but was originally the royal granary and…