Sal River

Sal River is a major tributary of Ravi River. The town and the valley of Chamba are spread along its sides. The river descends from the Himalayas and adjoins Ravi River. The river got its name from the Sal trees found in this region in abundance. Sal River flows through the Chamba valley but the town resides at the congruence of the two rivers.

An ancient village of Saho has flourished on the banks of the Sal River about 18 km from the Chamba town. The pious Chandrashekhar Mahadev temple, which is a 10th century marvel, is also situated on right side of the banks of this River. Most population of Saho village works as Lord Shiva devotees and they are called suhal who speak suhali.

The magnificent temple has 5 feet high shivlingam. In the front side is a stone carved statue of Nandi Maharaj.

This river is perennial and provides a constant supply of water to the town. The sound of the waves tickles your ears and the splendid view across the river fills your eyes with contentment and gratitude. The river is an inseparable part of the visit to Chamba and often it is a summoned as a goddess.

How to Reach Sal River

The nearest domestic airport is Gaggal airport which is 135 km from Chamba and international airport is Amritsar which is 220 km from here. Further journey can be completed by a hired taxi or bus. The closest broad gauge railway station is at Pathankot 120 km away. Chamba is extremely well connected with other major cities such as Delhi, Pathankot, Amritsar, Jammu and Shimla. The distances from main cities such as Delhi: 640 km, Amritsar: 220 km & Shimla: 370 km. Further the journey till the Sal River or up to the Saho village can be completed by taking a taxi to the desired destination.

Climate of Chamba/Sal River

April and October are the most favourable months to visit Chamba. The temperatures are between 15degrees to 30 degrees maximum. During day time there can be harsh sun but evenings become pleasant and sometimes chilly with blowing winds. Summers are from April – June and temperature can go up to 20 to 35 degrees. Monsoons are from June till end of august and the river may get flooded during these months. Winters are extremely chilly with temperatures ranging between 0- 4 degrees. Hail storm is common during these months & Warm clothing is of utmost essential if you plan your trip during this time. The area around the river may get colder in the corresponding months so it is best to avoid your travel time during December to January.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to sit besides the River to enjoy its beauty is in the months of March to May and post monsoon, is in the months of August to October.

Where to Stay Chamba/ Sal River

Ashish Regency


The location and hospitality of this hotel is overwhelming. It has an inhouse bar and restaurant. There are well equipped rooms and room service is prompt. The surroundings are peaceful and nice views of the region. The hotel is in Chamba.

Classic Hill Top Hotel


The view from this hotel is thrilling and refreshing. You can have breathtaking views of Himalayan range. Hotel service here is excellent and houses all amenities. The hotel is away from city buzz and therefore offers complete relaxation.

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