Churah Valley: An Offbeat Yet Mesmerizing Place To Visit

Churah Valley is a beautiful offbeat place in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Churah valley is approximately 65 kilometers away from the Chamba district. If you are exploring this place in the monsoon season, you can feel that it’s a paradise on earth with much scenic beauty and lush green covered majorly by the deodar, kali, fir, and spruce trees

The word ‘Churah’ signifies four paths that lead to four different destinations;

  • Punjab
  • Chamba
  • Jammu and Kashmir,
  • and Pangi Valley.

The central point of Churah is “Bhanjraru”, from where all the four paths originate.

Churah Valley

The place is best known for its historical places and the religious temples and there is no doubt that you can call it a “Land of Temples”.

Most of the time this place is covered with a thick layer of snow, but during the July and October period, you can witness the real beauty that lies beneath that layer of snow. If you are a person who loves to travel, trekking, camping but on the other hand, loves exploring the historic beauty of places then “Churah Valley” is the right place for you.

Some Great Attractions Near Churah Valley

Sach Pass:

Sach pass is approximately 127 kilometers far from Chamba, Himachal Pradesh and it is situated at an altitude of 14,500 feet in the Pir Panjal Range of Himalayas. If you are staying at churah then the total distance of Sach pass and Churah Valley Himachal Pradesh will be around 190 kilometers. Sach pass is open for travelers from late June or early July till the mid of October. There are so many breathtaking views that you may encounter once you reach Sach pass.

Gadasaru Mahadev Lake:

Gadasaru Mahadev Lake is another beautiful sport located near Churah and it is approximately 4300 meters high and spread in a 2 km area. The lake called the “Dal Lake” is surrounded by green lands and mountains from all sides. The festival of Gadasuru Mahadev is celebrated here by orbiting around this lake and a free feast is given to the travelers here. Another lake named the “Mahakali Dal lake” is also here which is 1.5 kilometers far from this place, but the water here in this lake is black and people are scared of this lake.

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Devi Kothi Temple:

Devi Kothi Temple falls in the way while you trek towards the Gadasaru Mahadev trek. The temple is dedicated to the “Chamunda” who is considered as the guardian deity of people. The Dev Kothi Temple is also very famous for its amazing woodwork and murals. Do not skip this temple while you are on your trek as the scenic beauty of the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, covered with snow feels very close to this place. The Devi Kothi village is one of the remotest places you will see near Churah, and it is said to be covered in snow for almost six months a year.

Chanju Mata Temple:

Chanju Mata Temple is another beautiful present near Churah and it is also known as the Kali Mandir. Chanju Mata temple lies on the trek route connecting Churah and Lahaul. The place is surrounded by green lands and the mesmerizing views from the temple make it a place that you can’t afford to miss. The temple’s old wooden architecture looks beautiful and to reach this temple you have to go offroad for around 30 kilometers. 

Places to Stay in Churah Valley

There are guest houses, affordable hotels or rooms and private houses are available at Churah for travelers. You can stay at the churah valley resort or if you are going to explore the Sach pass you can find hotels nearby to save more time. You can find many hotels and rooms at Bhanjraru, which is the center of all prime routes.

How to Reach Churah Valley?

You can take your individual car or bike here, or you can use public transport like the government busses and private cabs to reach Churah. There is good connectivity of the road of churah with all other major districts of Himachal Pradesh.

However, if you are traveling to this place for the first time then you must know how to reach the place by other means of transport as well.

  • If you are traveling by airplane or train at any pace then the nearest airport and railway station is Pathankot which is approximately 160 kilometers away from Bhanjraru.
  • If you are traveling by bus then a direct bus service is available from Shimla, Pathankot, and Chamba district to the headquarters of Churah.
  • If you are traveling by your own car or bike then you may reach Bhanjraru from Chamba within 2.5 to 3 hours but if you are taking the bus then it may take 4 to 4.5 hours.

Most of the trips originated from Delhi so, if you want to travel from Delhi to Churah valley then the best way to reach is by taking a bus from Delhi to Chamba and then taking another bus from Chamba to Tissa.

If you are coming from any south, or east side then to avoid the struggle of changing your transport, take a flight to Pathankot and then take a direct bus till Bhanjraru.

Frequently Asked Questions about Churah Valley

Q1: Churah Valley is loaded in which district of Himachal Pradesh?

Churah is located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh.

Q2: Are Local guides available here?

There are no local guides available here but you can as the local people living there to reach your destination.

Q3: How Risky Is It To Drive A Bike Or Car Till The Valley?

Although the roads are good and wide but considering the monsoon season, you can expect landslides in the place and at this time, it becomes risky for the individual car/bike drivers.

Q4: How Long It Takes To Reach Churah From Chamba?

The distance from Churah to Chamba is 65 km and you can cover that distance in 3 hours approximately.