(Last Updated on : 28-03-2016)
Chamba is an ancient city of Himachal Pradesh, India. It lies above Ravi River
at an altitude of 3,038 ft and at the convergence with the Sal River. There are several monuments including a number of palaces, buildings and temples in this town of various periods. This place is also popular for its Pahari paintings that originated from North India's Hill Kingdoms. It is actually an umbrella term that is used to signify this painting that emerged in between 17th and 19th century. For instance, the Bhuri Singh Museum
has an interesting and antique collection of art and culture from the region. Chamba
is also famous for its school of miniature painting. The fine miniature paintings date from the mid-19th century. Generally they depict spiritual themes, illustrating the religious eclecticism and legends of God Shiva, Rama and Krishna.
The Chamba city comprises numerous classic and contemporary monuments that reflect the period of the city's evolution. Lakshmi Narayan Temple
is one of the major attractions of Chamba. It has been in a different style that completely suits the local weather conditions and in the year 1678, gold plated pinnacles were installed on its roof by Raja Chhatra Singh. "Champavati Temple" was founded by Raja Sahil Varman in the loving memory of his daughter.
It was built in a Shikhara style and has magnificent stone carvings. Anothet popular temple of this place is "Chamunda Devi Temple". It was founded by Raja Umed Singh. It is the single wooden temple of the town. "Sita Ram Temple", "Bansi Gopal Temple" and "Hari Rai Temple
", etc. are some of the popular monuments of Chamba built before the year 1846. The temples here are heavily influenced by Kashmiri stone temple architecture.
Akhand Chandi Palace that has been converted into a Government college is another renowned monument of Chamba. The Rang Mahal Palace was built by Raja Urned Singh in between 1748 to 1764. This palace reflects Mughal style of architecture. Mission House of the Church of Scotland, a Presbyterian Church, popularly known as 'St. Andrews Church' is another popular heritage site of Chamba.
Chamba offers its visitors an abundance of classic monuments and buildings that depict the urban pattern and style of architecture introduced by the British.