Chamba ( Himachal Pradesh , Himalayan State)
Picturseque Chamba, on the south bank of Iravati (Ravi), is situated at an altitude of 996 metre above sea level. The lush green fields, forests, rivers and tributaries and magnificent hills are scattered far away in the valley. Founded in the 10th century, Chamba was situated on an important trade route from Lahaul to Kashmir. The arts, paintings, temple structure, handicrafts, specially the "rumaals" (handkerchiefs) with fine embroidery, are famous.
Chamba is the place of origin of the "Gaddi" tribe people (shepherd). In winters, the Gaddi along with their sheep and goats through their known path reach in the comparatively lower grazing fields of Kangra, Mandi, Bilaspur and Chamba and return at the end of winters.
Chaugan is the central hub of the town. The colourful festival of "Minger" is celebrated here, which is witnessed by very large number of people.
Laxmi Narayan Temple Complex contains six shikhara temples of 9th -11th centuries. These are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu, with some of the brass images inlaid with copper and silver.
Bhuri Singh Museum houses a heritage collection of fine miniatures and manuscripts from Kangra, Bhasholi along with the "kalamkari" from Chamba School of Arts.
Rang Mahal was built by Raja Ummed Singh. It contains the splendid wall paintings which are mostly related to Lord Krishna.
Hari Rai Temple, built in 14th century, contains a fine 11th century bronze idol of four-armed Lord Vishnu.