Tisa - Chamba
Chamba Travel Blog› entry 8 of 13 › view all entries
September 28th, 2007 – by: cja17
Chamba itself is an intriguing little place. It sits on a large plateau-like ledge just up from the river Ravi, and part of the town extends into the hills behind, giving some steep streets. The flat area is called The Chowgan, a large, flat, green space which is the centre of community life and festivals.
After getting clean, it was great to wander around a busy town and become a tourist again. You are definitely NOT in traveller land though - the concept of streetside cafes with seats outside didn't apply in Chamba, so we went from shop to shop, stuffing our faces most of the time. All day cycling in big hills means eat what you want, so fried potato cakes with lentil and onion dip and a big box of indian sweets each, chased down with an ice cream set us up nicely for dinner. Just before closing I popped into an Internet Cafe to try and find some info on trains to and from Amritsar. The owner helped me to find exactly what I wanted, gave me some extra advice on booking trains in India, and then refused to let me pay for the Internet use - that's India for you.
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