A Complete Guide to 2 ISBTs in Chamba

Chamba, headquarter of District Chamba in Himachal Pradesh, has two Inter State Bus Terminuses (ISBTs): new and old. Blue color local buses ply between these two terminuses. The bus ticket costs just ₹3 per passenger for the short ride.

New ISBT

Where is new ISBT in Chamba Himachal Pradesh?

19-10-2018. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. New ISBT, overlooking the Ravi river, as seen from Chowgan.

Cloakroom

A very small cloakroom is equipped with just two small luggage racks. The rent is very subjective: ₹10 for small luggage, ₹20 for big luggage, and ₹50 for bigger luggage.  Entire rent is collected in advance. When enquired about rent period, the attendant did not specify the hours. He just said you might keep until 10:00 pm. It is meant for very short period. It is for emergency.

The attendant goes for lunch between 01:30 pm and 02:00 pm and dinner around 08:00 pm.

  • Do collect the receipt while depositing the luggage and preserve it carefully. If you misplace it, getting your luggage back will be very difficult.
  • Do not keep your valuables, including cash wallets, mobiles, laptops, and jewelry in cloak room.
  • Do collect your luggage at least half an hour before your bus departure time to avoid any inconvenience.

Platforms

The terminus has six platforms serving different destinations within the State (e.g. Bharmour, Killar…) and other states (Delhi, Punjab (Pathankot), Uttarakhand (Dehradun)…).

  • Wait at correct platform to board the bus for your destination.
  • Do remember, sometimes buses get full before being parked at the platform.

 

New ISBT Chamba Himachal Pradesh

27-09-2018. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. New ISBT.

 

Waiting Areas

Two waiting halls appointed with iron, stone, and wood benches are behind the platforms first and six. Ceiling fans mildly affect the temperature in the halls.

 

Public Conveniences

The terminus has two paid toilets at two ends of the platforms. One is near platform number one and other near platform number six. There are gender specific toilets and a separate washroom for physically challenged passengers. The Indian toilet for ladies was reeking of urine when I used it in September 2018.  Flush did not work. Door was too hard to open and close.

Washroom usage fee: ₹5 per use.

Passenger amenites within new ISBT Chamba Himachal Pradesh

27-09-2018. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. A waiting hall and paid public conveniences at platform six in new ISBT complex.

Food  and Drinks

Indian sweet shops sell snacks, including biscuits, breads, bread pakodas, chocolates, cold drinks, pakodas, samosas, savories, sweets, tea, and the like. A cup of coffee or tea costs ₹10 and that of tomato soup costs ₹20. The onsite vegetable fruit vendor sells fresh produce.

Shopping in new ISBT Chamba Himachal Pradesh

27-09-2018. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Shops within new ISBT complex

Paid Parking

Yes

Types of Buses

  • Buses by Himachal Road Transport Corporation (H.R.T.C.)
  • Blue color local buses run by government 
  • Private buses

The buses plying on long routes start from new ISBT between 07:00 am and 07:00 pm.

Do AC Volvo bues ply from new ISBT Chamba, Himachal Pradesh?

27-09-2018. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. AC Volvo bus platform within new ISBT complex

Disappointment

Although the terminus does not have any free mobile charging points, yet at the first floor, a meat chawal cum mobile shop allows charging for ₹20 per device.

Other Amenities

  • Bus workshop
  • Drinking water
  • Inquiry counter
  • Petrol pump for H.R.T.C. buses
  • Public address system
  • Taxi Stand outside the terminus provides taxi services for very high fares.
  • Ticket booking counter
New ISBT complex Chamba Himachal Pradesh

27-09-2018. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. A petrol pump for H.R.T.C. buses within new ISBT complex

Cleanliness

I observed that the terminus was swept and garbage was collected in the late evening daily. It was therefore clean in the night. However, during day it was badly littered as many passengers did not use dustbins. They just threw waste anywhere they wanted, making cleaning difficult.

 

Old ISBT near Chowgan

Buses plying on long routes start from old ISBT between 07:00 pm and 07:00 am. The blue local buses connect the old terminus to the new terminus during day. The old ISBT also doubles as a parking lot. The old terminus, located in bazaar that is within an easy walking distance of the historic Chowgan, the heart of Chamba, has Sulabh Toilets and Bath.

Old ISBT Chamba

27-09-2018. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Public conveniences at old ISBT.

 

Car parking within old ISBT Chamba Himachal Pradesh

27-09-2018. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. H.R.T.C. office and car park in old ISBT complex near Chowgan.

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