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Chaugan in Chamba

·  Summer: May-June (8°C - 30°C)
·  Winter: December-February (-10°C - 10°C)
·  Monsoon: July-August

Best time to visit:  April-October

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Chaugan, a four-sided elevated green grass terrace, is a regular feature in the state of Himachal Pradesh. One of the most popular of them is located in the picturesque city of Chamba. Referred to as the nucleus of different activities and festivals in the region, Chaugan is admired for its lavish greenery and commanding view of the unbound nature. Surrounded by many administrative buildings and tourist hotspots, it also acts as a promenade, where the local residents and tourists can be seen relaxing.

Five small chaugans were merged together by the British in 1890 to create the present day Chaugan. The British used it as a cricket ground and also as a promenade and the practices continue till date. Apart from acting as cricket and polo ground, it also hosts the very popular Minjar Fair, attended by huge flocks of tourists. Shops selling delicious snacks and other items exist all around the place.

Bhuri Singh Museum, Akhand Chandi Palace and many other attractions stand near the Chaugan. It is restricted for public visit from November to March due to repair work.    

Road: Hill roads from various popular hill stations of Himachal Pradesh let the tourists savour the unblemished beauty of nature while travelling to Chamba. Roads are in good condition, though they get busier during the peak tourist seasons.

Railway: Pathankot Junction, located about 103 km. away, is the closest rail access point. As you get down at the station, you can easily hire a taxi for the remaining journey.

Airway: Gaggal (Kangra) Airport is about 116 km. from Chaugan and offers direct flights to Delhi. Taxis are available outside the air terminal for the hassle-free road trip further.