A hill station tucked in Tehri Garhwal
Chamba is a pristine town and hill station tucked in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. It is situated at a junction of roads connecting Mussoorie and Rishikesh with the Tehri Dam reservoir and New Tehri.
This beauteous town is in the proximity of Dhanaulti, Surkanda Devi Temple, Ranichauri, New Tehri and Kanatal, halfway between Chamba and Dhanaulti. The unspoiled nature and verdant hills of Chamba have become a retreat for the nature lovers who come here to rejuvenate themselves.
Chamba perched at an altitude of 1,600 metres is a hill town that offers peace and tranquillity from the maddening city life. The proximity to Delhi makes Chamba a perfect weekend destination to explore and relieve the stress from mind. The hill station is enveloped by thick woodlands of pine and deodar trees. Unlike Mussoorie, it is scarcely populated and serene which attracts wanderers who are on their quest for peace.
Since the place is untouched by modernization, you’ll experience quietude here. Have a stroll around the marketplace and shop a few handicraft items from there. Walk further and you’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring Himalayan peaks of Thalay Sagar and Jogni. On a clear morning, one can see the ravishing Langtang range. Gabar Singh Memorial and Sri Bageshwar Mahadev temple are some of the must-visit places that you shouldn’t miss out here.
Things to do in and around Chamba:
Snuggled in the heart of Uttarakhand, Chamba is a place to savour nature’s abundance. From here, one can admire breathtaking views of the towering Himalayan peaks, deep gorges and the lush green valleys. If you are a wanderer by nature then you can explore the enchanting valleys cradled around river Bhagirathi.
Go for nature walks, pick the fresh fruits from the apple orchards and enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. One can also engage in several recreational activities that can be performed here such as camping, nature walks, mountain climbing, photography and bird watching. If you have ample time then you can plan an extended trip to some of the nearby places.
District: Tehri Garhwal
Coordinates: 30.21°N 78.23°E
Famous for: Hill station, Summer Destination, Weekend Getaway
Altitude: 1600 m
Language: Hindi, Garhwali
Best Season: Mar - Jun, Sep - Dec
Summer temperature: 15 to 30°C
Winter temperature: -5 to 20°C
Distance from major cities:
- Chandigarh : 269 km
- Delhi : 294 km
- Shimla Manali : 383 km
- Indore : 1,093 km
- Nagpur : 1,338 km
Best Time to Visit:
The weather in Chamba remains pleasant throughout the year. However, the best time to visit this place would be from March-June and September-December. Many travellers visit Chamba between April-November as some of the best views can be savoured during these months.
Chamba and most parts of Uttarakhand have played a significant role in producing War heroes who sacrificed their lives during World War I. The tiny Manjud was one of the famous villages of South Asia that birthed most soldiers and volunteers. About 480 among them joined different army regiments and served in various theatres of war between 1914-1915.
Notably, the famous Victoria Cross recipient, Rifleman Gabbar Singh Negi also belonged to that area. To pay a tribute to this braveheart, the Gabar Singh Negi Fair is held each year in this town on April 21stst. The festival is attended by a lot of people who come from faraway places.
How to reach:
The toy town of Chamba is located in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The hill station is about 60 km from Mussoorie and can be reached within two hours from Rishikesh via Narendra Nagar. A short 7-8 hours drive from Delhi via Haridwar, Rishikesh and Narendra Nagar (290 km) will make you reach here.
Chamba is well connected by swift motorable roads with the major cities of Uttarakhand. One can easily catch a bus from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to the nearest cities like Dehradun, Mussoorie, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar, Tehri, Uttarkashi etc. Local transport to Chamba is available from these places.
Rishikesh railway station at 58 km away is the closest railhead from here. It is well connected by trains with the major cities in India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent and buses, as well as taxis, are easily available from Rishikesh to Chamba.
Road Distance Chart to Chamba:
- From Delhi (via Rishikesh): 291 km
- From Ghaziabad : 269 km
- From Noida : 294 km
- From Gurgaon : 325 km
- From Meerut : 224 km
- From Modinagar : 246 km
- From Chandigarh : 265 km
- From Bareilly : 336 km
- From Kanpur : 736 km
- From Lucknow : 599 km
- From Shimla : 326 km
- From Paonta Sahib : 150 km