Chamba is an unexplored, untouched, serene destination located at an altitude of 1676 m, 60 km from Mussoorie, in the Tehri district of Uttarakhand.
An unspoilt territory and covered with lots of pine and deodar trees, Chamba offers a never explored interlude. Unlike Mussoorie, the place is very quiet, serene and offers picturesque beauty and is an excellent place to relax and fun and drive away the city blues. One can reach Chamba in about two hours from Rishikesh.
After the submergence of old Tehri town, Chamba is the emerging tourist spot in Tehri Garhwal being a central point. The snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, the awe inspiring views of the verdant gorges and the enchanting valleys all around the river Bhagirathi will undoubtedly leave you spell bound, amidst the salubrious apple growing fields.
Once a part of the Gorkha kingdom and later ruled by the kings of Garhwal, Chamba has many unknown jewels, still unexplored by the outer world. Neighboring districts of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Pauri, Rudraprayag give this town a unique advantage of being the entry point to the inner Himalayas.
As of 2001 India census, Chamba had a total population of 6579. Males constitute 59% of the population and females 41%. Chamba has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%.
If one moves beyond the crowded market places, one will have a breathtaking view of the snow clad Himalayan peaks of Thalay Sagar and Jonli. All of a sudden, the awe-inspiring scene of the gushing river Bhagirathi into the wide valley will open up before your eyes.
Mussoorie: Mussoorie, popularly known as the "Queen of the Hills" is just 55 km from Chamba. The Mall, Kempty Fall, Lal Tibba, Gun Hill are the major attractions in Mussoorie. More about Mussoorie
New Tehri: The district headquarters of Tehri Garhwal is 11 km from Chamba and a new model town adjoining one of the biggest dams in the hills. The New Tehri town is the first planned town in the Hills in India. The New Tehri town was built to rehabilitate the villages that took the watery grave after the construction of Tehri Dam.
Tehri Dam: The construction of Tehri dam on the confluence of river Bhagirathi and Bhilangana has given brith to the grand Tehri Lake. Take the road from New Tehri to Kirtinagar, the Tehri dam view through this route is mesmerising.
Rishikesh: Around 60 km from Chamba, Rishikesh is one of the holiest cities in the Himalayas. Rishikesh is also very popular for rafting, yoga and meditation centres. More about Rishikesh
Narendra Nagar: 44 km from Chamba, Narendra Nagar is a picturesque hill town offering finest view of the river Ganga and the Doon Valley. Narendra nagar was the capital of former Tehri state, the palaces of the former Maharaja Narendra Shah are located here. Ananda Spa, a well-known super luxury spa resort in the Himalayas is also located nearby.
Surkanda Devi Temple: Located 24 km from Chamba, one of the Shaktipeeth, Surkanda Devi Temple is a famous pilgrimage centre in the Himalayas. 3 km trek takes you to the temple complex, at the top of the hills.