Sights to See
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Built in 10th century by Sahil Verman, and enlarged in succeeding centuries, the Laxmi Narayan Temple complex is a group of six main shrines dedicated to either Shiva or Vishnu. Built in the Shikhara style, these shrines are famous for its finely executed classical forms.
Akhand Chandi Palace
Once the residence of the Chamba ruling family, Akhand Chandi Palace is known for its unique style of architecture. Built by Umed Singh around 1747-1765 AD and renovated by the Sham Singh, the building has now been converted into a college.
Bhuri Singh Museum
Named after the famous ruler Raja Bhuri, the museum is a repository of many masterpieces of the Chamba, Kangra and Basholi schools of painting. The museum remain closed on Mondays and public holidays.
A large grassy meadow in the centre of the Chamba town, it is the hub of all activities.
Hari Rai Temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Hari Rai Temple was built in 11th century. Constructed in Shikhara style the temple stands on a stone platform.
It was built by Raja Umed Singh in the mid 18th century, with additions made in the later years by his successors. The paintings on the walls of this palace are splendid, based on religious themes with Krishna stories being particularly popular. One of the largest monuments of Chamba, Rang Mahal was built by Raja Umed Singh in the mid 18th century, with additions made in the later years by his successors.
Located on the spur of the Shah Madar Hill overlooking the Chamba town to its southeast, the temple boasts artistic carvings on its lintel, pillars and the ceiling. Behind the main temple is a small shrine of Lord Shiva in the Shikhara style.
St Andrews Church
Over a century old, this is a charming dressed stone structure with lanced windows.
Dedicated to Devi Bajreshwari, Goddess of lightning, this ancient temple is believed to be 1000 years old. Situated on the northern most corner of the town at the end of Jansali Bazaar, the shrine is built in the Shikhara style with wooden Chhatris. The Shikhara of the temple is elaborately carved. There are two other minor temples on either side of the main shrine.
This temple is located behind the City Police Post and Treasury building. As mentioned earlier Raja Sahil Varman built the temple in memory of his daughter Champavati who is believed to have influenced her father to set-up Chamba at its present location. The temple is in the Shikhara style with elaborate stone carving and the wheel roof. The size of this temple is equivalent to the largest of the Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Sui Mata Temple
This temple can be divided into three parts, which can physically spread apart. The temple of Sui Mata is on an elevation of Shah Madar Hill. A steep flight of steps comes down to a small pavilion just above the Sahoo road. From the Saho road the flight of steps continues down to the main town a little to the east of Chauntra Mohalla. At the end of the flight of steps there is another small pavilion with gargoyles with running water. The flight of stone steps to the aqueduct from the Sarota stream was built by Sarda, the Rani of Raja Jeet Singh (1794-1808).