The Chaugan is the heart and hub centre all activities in Chamba. According to Dr. J. Hutchison, the town is built on two terraces the lower is the Chaugan, a fine grassy sward. about a half KM long by 75 meters broad. Tradition is silent as to its use as a pologround and the name is etymologically district from chaugan, the Persian name of polo. Polo being of Sanskrit origin and meaning 'four-sided'. Besides being a public promenade and recreation-ground, the Chaugan was utilized for State Darbars and sports.Standing in front of the old Akhand Chandi Palace, the arena was formed after clubbing five small chaugans for sports and games. At present, the historic ground of Chaugan hosts cricket matches of state level and is also open for picnics in the summer months. The arena also turns into a flea market during the Minjar Mela fair. During this week long festival, local costumes and colourful dresses along with cultural activities are the main attractions.