Kullu is located on the banks of River Beas in Himachal Pradesh. It is an open valley between Largi and Manali. Earlier name of Kullu is Kulanthpitha. Meaning of this word is the ending point of inhabitable world. This is the best place for natural lovers. Hills in the valley covered with Sprawling Apple Orchards, Deodar Forest and Pine forests. This valley is known as Valley of Gods. For all the tourists it is the most favourite hill station. Several bollywood movies picturised here. Activities in this valley are Angling, hiking over the Himalayan glaciers, paragliding, Mountaineering, river rafting, trekking. This place is also famous for adventure sports.
Trekking places are located in ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti. This valley is also mentioned in Vishnu Purana, Mahabarata and Ramayana. Several carved temple can be seen in this place. Folk dances are one of the attractions to the tourists. Festivals in Kullu are Kullu Dussehra, Nainadevi Fair, Phool yatra, Naggar Ganeh.
What to see in Kullu:
Chandrakhani Pass: This valley is 3600 meter above the sea level. It is the best place for trekking.
Raghunath Temple: It was believed that Lord Rama worshiped Lord Raghunath in this place. Local believes that Lord Raghunath is the protector of this valley. Temple was built by King Jagat Singh in 1650 AD. Pahari and Pyramidal styles can be seen here.
Rafting: It is one of the major attractions to the visitors of Kullu. Best time to do rafting is from middle of September to middle of October and end of April to June.
Trekking: Several trekking places are situated in Kullu. They are ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti.
What to see around Kullu:
Jagannathi Devi Temple: Other name of this temple is Bekhli Temple. Gaddi and Rajasthani tribal influence is more on this temple. It takes 90minutes to reach this temple from Kullu.
Pandoh dam: This is located 48 kms away from Kullu. It is the man made beauty. This dam was built on River Beas for the generation of power. Height is 76 meters.
Bijli Mahadev Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was constructed in Pahari Style. It is situated 17 kms away from Kullu.
Hanogi Mata Temple : It is located on the top of the small peak. Green mountains are the background to the temple. It is located 40 kms away from Kullu.
Jawarhalal Nehru Great Himalayan Park: other name is The Great Himalayan National Park. This is the best place for wildlife lovers. Most endangered species of animals can be seen here.
Other places to see around kullu: Manikaran, Manali and Rohtang Pass are the other important places to see around Kullu.
Getting to Kullu: Only way to reach this place is by road. Road of Kullu is well connected with Shimla, Pathankot, Chandigarh, and Delhi. Nearest railway station is located at Joginder Nagar. Nearest airport is at Bhuntur.
Getting around Kullu: One can enjoy this place by bike riding. Here bikes will be available on rent. Buses, hill terrain vehicles, Jeeps are also available to visit the places surrounding Kullu.
Best time to visit Kullu: Best time to visit this place is between March to May.
Where to stay in Kullu: Several hotels and resorts are available to stay. Some luxury hotels are offering steam bath facility. But for the people who want to enjoy the beauty they can hire cottages on rent.
Where to eat in Kullu: Plenty of restaurants are available. Momos, Chhole Bhature and Pakoras are most famous snacks in this place. All restaurants offer Indian, Continental, Chinese cuisine.