Chamba is a district in Himachal Pradesh.
As of 2001 India census, Chamba had a population of 20,312. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Chamba has an average literacy rate of 81%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 85% and female literacy of 77%. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age. Chamba town is situated on the banks of the river Ravi which is a tributary of the Trans-Himalayan river Indus. The hub of all activity in Chamba town is the Chaugan, a fine grassy sward, about half a mile long and eighty yards wide, and here is held the Minjar fair, every year, in the month of August.
Summer is hot with temperature ranging between 25 Degree Celsius to 38 Degree Celsius. Winter is cold with temperature ranging between 8 Degrees to 22 Degrees
Closest railway station is Pathankot in Punjab, which is 120 Kilometers from Chamba town. There are frequent buses to Chamba town from Pathankot. Private taxis too operate in the region. Taxis to various destinations can be hired from outside Pathankot railway station. Bargaining is a must. Being on the way to Jammu Tawi, there are regular trains to Pathankot from various cities in India. After that you can opt for toy train on Pathnkot-JoginderNagar Narrow guage line.
Closest airports are Pathankot and Kangra, Pathankot airport recently started operating the civil flights. Air Deccan operates daily flights between Pathankot and Delhi.
There are various temples of interest in Chamba including Laxmi Narayan Temple, Champavati Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Hari Rai Temple, Bansi Gopal Temple and Akhand Chandi Palace.
You can trek in the hills north of Chamba and further up the Chamba valley. Treks can be arranged through Manimahesh Travels by the Laxsminarayan Temple complex.
There is a considerable amount of Tibetan population in the region so tibetan/chinese noodles, soups and dumplings are available.
Local delicacies include Madra, which is made from red-kidney beans in a gravy of curd (yoghurt). It is prepared on special occasions and is prepared and served on order at Hotel Aroma Palace's restaurant.
The crime rate in the area is negligible.