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Kullu

Overview of Kullu

A destination chosen amongst all by travelers, hikers, mountaineers and honymooners, Kullu is one of the favorite holiday spots in Himachal. There’s no reason whatsoever to choose Kullu valley for a perfect getaway when you are exhausted from your day to day life. It soothes you from within by providing the best weather, striking views, cool winds, peaceful environment and best locations.

Located on the banks of massive River Beas, the Valley is full of greenery, vegetation and orchards. Also popularly known as the abode of gods, Kullu is a traditional town with huge religious followers and rich culture. Famous Hadimba Devi Temple has also been a part of many film projects and has remained favorite amongst many filmmakers. Even today the scenic views and snow-clad mountains, towering Deodar jungles, rivers and apple orchards attracts several filmmakers.

Not only this, Kullu is a great place for those who seek adventure. Kullu has some amazing treks and walkways to offer you an experience that is rich and raw. Apart from trekking, you could enjoy paragliding, river rafting, zorbing, mountaineering and hiking over great Himlayan glaciers.

Apart from being extremely adventurous, Kullu has a lot to offer in handlooms and handicrafts. The famous Kullu patti shawls are internationally acclaimed and in demand around the world. The local wool of Kullu is also quite in demand, the ethnic jewelry and other handlooms are good to shop from local market of Kullu.

Places of attractions

Kasol Valley

Location: Kasol, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Situated on the banks of Parvati River, Kasol is beautiful small village where you can witness the intermingling of ultra modern and stereotypical population.  People or travelers from around the world have even settled down in this place forever and run their own small businesses here. It is rare combination of contemporary and orthodox. Fancy cafes, Italian, American and Mexican food is commonly available here due to the number of foreign population living here. Israelis could be more commonly spotted here living for quite a long time. Kasol is a beautiful valley with a lot of places to stay like hotels, home stays and guest houses. If you move ahead from Kasol, you will see Manikaran, Kheerganga and Toash Valley.

Things to do at Kasol Valley: Visting The Place, Trekking

Parvati Valley

Location: Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

As you move ahead of Kasol in the same Valley, you climb up to precipitous Parvati Valley. If you climb up the steep Vaelly from ahead of Kasol, the valley leads to the famous village Malana. On the way the road passes through Manikaran, a pilgrimage town of Sikhs and Hindu and terminates at Pulga.  This trek leads you to spiritual site Kheerganga which is famous for its hot water springs at high altitude. From there, the Valley further reaches the Tunda Bhuj village at an altitude of 3285 meters. Here the valley cuts a steep sided gorge through the mountains and thick forests starts to get sparse and and you witness large green grounds. The Valley is magically enchanting but to trek through this Valley, you need a lot of strength and agility.

Things to do at Parvati Valley: Visting The Place

Vaishno Devi Temple

Location: Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Located just 5kms away from Kullu, Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is named after Goddess Parvati and built in the year 1966. Being a famous tourist site, it attracts many tourists.

Things to do at Vaishno Devi Temple: Visting The Place

Tosh Valley

Location: Paravati Valley, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Tosh is a small village again in Parvati Valley and leads to Pin Parvati Pass. The Village has been developed by locals for tourists and travelers and the road from Kasol ends here in this Village. The village is beautiful and gets a lot of tourists from around the world.

Things to do at Tosh Valley: Visting The Place

Kheerganga

Location: Parvati Valley, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Kheerganga is a magnificent location at distance of 5 hours trek from Barshaini where the road starting from Kasol ends. It is famous for Shiv temple or cave where it is believed that Lord Shiv meditated for 3000 years. Kheerganga is famous for its hot water springs that have been spewing hot waters for years unknown. The trek towards kheerganga is full of tall deodar trees, enchanting waterfalls, and dream like path ways. Tourists flock in numbers to visit the place with their companions.

Things to do at Kheerganga: Trekking

Bijli Mahadev

Location: Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

One of the sacred temples of Himachal, Bijli Mahadev attracts a number of tourists every year. Located at an altitude of 2,460 meters in the Kullu Valley, Bijli Mahadev is situated across Beas River. To reach the temple, you need to walk through a 3 km trek.

Things to do at Bijli Mahadev: Visting The Place, Trekking

Malana

Location: Malana, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

A village at an altitude of 2,652 metres is famous for its opium and marijuana production. However, to witness this controversial village of Kullu district, you have to trek a long way as there is no road way to this village. Well, the village showcase the old Himacahali culture and has a government of its own and do not adhere to therules of State government. The village is famous, beautiful and controversial and so there is all the more reason to visit this temple.

Things to do at Malana: Visting The Place

Great Himalayan National Park

Location: Mashyar, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Get a glimpse of incomparable ecological views at the Great Himalayan National Park to witness rare wildlife species of Western Himalaya like Brown bear, Musk deer, Thar, Leopard, Goral, Bharal, Serow, Monal, Snow leopard, Kalij, Koklas, Tragopan, Cheer, etc. Also view small mammals that include Giant Indian Flying Squirrel, Porcupine, Himalayan Weasel, Indian Pika and Yellow Throated Marten.

Things to do at Great Himalayan National Park: Visting The Place

Naggar Castle

Location: Naggar, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Enjoy walk around the unexplored town of Naggar amidst lush greenery, mountain ranges and valleys on the bank of river Beas. Visit Naggar Castle better known for its medieval stone and woodwork depicting exemplary architecture.

Things to do at Naggar Castle: Visting The Place

Manikaran

Location: Manikaran, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

Just 4.3 kms ahead of Kasol, Manikaran is revered pilgrimage center for Hindus and Sikhs both. It is home to many ancient Hindu temples and Gurudwaras where numerous Hindus and Sikhs pay a visit every year. The major crowd is attracted by the hot water springs of Manikaran which expels hot water 25hours at a temperature that rice could be cooked in it. Yes, the sulphur springs of Manikaran are quite famous and attract a lot of tourists every year. Besides, the Parvati River flowing alongside the Valley puts up a view more enchanting and heavenly.

Things to do at Manikaran: Visting The Place

Hot Springs in Manikaran

Location: Manikaran, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Visit the well-known hot springs in Manikaran located on the banks of river Parvati. Being hot, these springs are said to be radio-active. Just put small amounts of pulses, rice of vegetable in these springs for few minutes and you’ll be surprised to see them cooked thoroughly.

Things to do at Hot Springs in Manikaran: Visting The Place

Temple of Lord Shiva

Location: Manikaran, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Temple of Lord Shiva is a prominent tourist attraction. According to local beliefs, Gods of Kullu district visit Lord Shiva here on specific dates, making it really special to visit on your trip.

Things to do at Temple of Lord Shiva: Visting The Place

Harinder Mountain & Parvati River

Location: Parvati Valley, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Harinder is a name of the mountain that is located on the bank of River Parvati. Legend has it that mere a look at this mountain can make you free of evils. Parvati River on the other hand is massive and the flow just makes you feel powerless as it is majestic.

Things to do at Harinder Mountain & Parvati River: Visting The Place

Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara

Location: Manikaran, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Gurudwara Nanak Devji is one of the holiest and ancient pilgrimages in Manikaran located at the height of 6,000 feet above sea level.  Participate in the langar ceremonies held regularly and get the aura of the place to seek ultimate peace and relaxation here. Revive the true values of humanity by eliminating the darkness and evil powers from your inner self here in the religious environment of Gurudwara.

Things to do at Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara: Visting The Place

Lord Ramachandra Temple

Location: Manikaran, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Built by the Raja Jagat Singh in the 17th Century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Rama.

Things to do at Lord Ramachandra Temple: Visting The Place

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Location: Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Most of the places in Kinnaur are deserted due to its difficult terrain and is not much habitated by the human population. Due to this it is home to many wild life sanctuaries. Some of the famous sanctuaries are the Lipa- Asrang Sanctuary, the Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary and the Rupi- Bhaba Sanctuary. These sanctuaries are  popular destinations and known as a home to a variety of wildlife, including species like yak, ibex, leopard, red fox, goral, blue sheep, brown beer, musk deer and the Himalayan black deer.

Things to do at Wildlife Sanctuaries: Wildlife Watching

Weather in Kullu

Kullu weather is very pleasant all year round except for monsoon which is accompanied by heavy rain showers and landslides to heavy rainfall. Summers are however pleasant and weather maximum rises to 20 to 30 degree Celcius.

Best Time to Visit

Well, you can visit Kullu Manali all year round but the best time is the peak summers i.e. between the month of April and July. The monsoons are quite heavy in Kullu Manali often accompanied by landslides and floods, so it is recommended to be safe if you get to visit during monsoons. However, winter months are also the best time to visit; the best time is between October and December, if you want to witness some snowfall.

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How to Reach

The beautiful city of Kullu is well-connected by all means with New Delhi, prominent places in UP, Punjab and Haryana by road, rail and air.

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You can board a train from Jogindernagar railway station, nearest railhead to Manali that connects the hill station with several important cities of the country.

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Kullu has well-developed roadways that connects the region from rest of Himachal Pradesh. Hire a cab/taxi for a hassle-free journey.

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You can take up an inward flight from Delhi to Bhuntar Airport which is just  22 kms away from Kullu.

Places to visit in Kullu :
Kasol Valley, Parvati Valley, Vaishno Devi Temple, Tosh Valley, Kheerganga, Bijli Mahadev, Malana, Great Himalayan National Park, Naggar Castle, Manikaran, Hot Springs in Manikaran, Temple of Lord ..
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