Kullu (Himachal Pradesh)
Introduction: The most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of River Beas. The valley runs north to south of this river and is 80kms. long and about 2kms. at its broadest.
History: There are several reference of Kullu in the Ramayana & Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana & other Sanskrit literature. But it is believed that Manu after the great deluge, first stepped into the earth from the celestial boat at a place on this land. The particular spot where he established his abode was the present Manali (village), which is regarded as the changed name of 'MANU-ALAYA', that is the home of Manu.
Description: Along with awe inspiring glens and mossy meadows encircled by the rushing streams and meandering brooks, flung east & west, a fairly wide area is open to the tourists, the trekkers, the mountaineers, the artists and anyone who wishes to escape the heat & dust of the plains to breathe the exhilarating air of the Himalaya and enjoy the spectacle of the variegated mountain scenery. The valley is also famous for its exquisitely woven colourful hand made shawls and kullu caps.
Kullu Quick facts
Kullu Geography and Climate
Geography: The town of Kullu lies on the bank of River Beas. A major tributary Sar-vari, (derived from "Shiv -Baardi") leads to the less explored and steeper Lug-valley on the west. On the east of Kullu lies a broad mountainous ridge having the village-temples of Bijli Mahadev, Mount Nag and Pueed. Beyond the ridge lies Manikaran valley, along the Parvati river which joins Beas in Bhuntar. On the South of Kullu lie towns of Bhuntar, Out(leading to Anni, Banjar and Siraj Valley) and Mandi(a separate district). Historically Kullu was accessible from Shimla via Siraj valley or through passes on the west leading to Jogindernagar and onto Kangra. To the north lies the famous town of Manali, which through the Rohtang pass leads onto the Lahaul and Spiti Valley.
Best time to visit Kullu
March to June for relaxation and sight seeing and to enjoy short and long excursions as well as climbing and river rafting. The ideal time to visit Kullu is from 2nd half of May and June. During July and August, it is rainy season. During this period the temperature falls occasionally. September to November, the period is very pleasant and very clear. The mornings and evenings are generally cold. An early snowfall may occur in November.
Kullu is divided in two by the Sarvari river. The maidan (parade ground) at Dhalpur (the setting for Kullu's festival) is on the south bank, where we can find a taxi stand and Raghunath temple on the north bank;.To cross the river it's quicker to take the footpath next to the hotel than the road.
Kullu Near Getaways
The district is bounded on the north and east by Lahaul & Spiti district. On the south-east by Kinnaur district. On the south by Shimla district. On the south-west and west by Mandi district. And, on the north-west by Kangra district.
Chandigarh - Ropar - Kiratpur - Bilaspur - Mandi - Kullu 570 Km. Karnal - Shahabad - Pinjore - Swarghat - Bilaspur - Mandi - Kullu 560 Km. Darlaghat - Bhararighat - Brahmpukhar - Ghaghas - Sundernagar - Mandi - Kullu 260 Km. Tattapani - Aisindhi - Charkufri - Chindi - Chail Chowk - Baggi - Nerchowk - Mandi - Kullu 289 Km. Theog - Kingel - Luhri - Bainakhad - Ani - Khanag - Jalori Pass (3223 M) Shoja - Banjar - Larji - Aut - Kullu 267 Km. Brahmpukhar - Ghaghas - Sundernagar - Mandi 375 Km.
How to reach Kullu by Road
Kulu is well connected by road with Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh, Shimla, Dehradun, Pathankot, Dharamsala & Dalhousie etc. Regular direct buses ply between these stations including deluxe, semi-deluxe and air conditioned buses during tourist season.
How to reach Kullu by Rail
Nearest convenient rail heads are Kiratpur and Chandigarh on Broad Gauge and Jogindernagar on Narrow Gauge from where Kullu can be reached by road.
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How to reach Kullu by Air
Kullu is connected by Indian Airlines and Air Deccan with Delhi. The airport is at Bhuntar, 10kms. from Kullu.
Kullu Festivals and culture
Kullu Dussehra: Dussehra is celebrated in most parts of the country on Vijya Dashmi to commemorate the victory of Rama over demon king Ravana. The highlight of this fair is The victory of good over evil.
Kullu Valley, also known as the "Valley of Gods", is well known for the seven day festival of Dussehra, a celebration of the mythical Lord Rama's victory over the evil king Ravana. The festival takes place in the months of October or November depending upon the Hindu calendar.
Kullu Religious Places
RAGHUNATHJI TEMPLE: 1 km. from Dhalpur, Raghunathji is the principal deity of the valley.
Akhara bazaar The Akhara bazaar in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, India is one of the most frequented tourist sites. This market has its own rustic charm. This is the main bazaar in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India. The shops at this lovely market sell traditional stuff such as traditional caps, shawls and rugs among other things. The Bijli Mahadev Temple is an important tourist site that you must visit during your historical tours to Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, India. This temple is popular for the 20-meter high rod that periodically attracts lightning that shatters the Shivalinga and scorches the building that the pundit puts together by using butter adhesive.
Kullu Entertainment and Night Life
Kullu terrain is almost mountainous. To popularise the mountaineering and allied sports the Mountaineering Institute ,second of its kind in the country was established at Chadhiari near the hot springs of Vashist Village in September, 1961. The first training course conducted by the Institute was in Nov-Dev, 1961 and the Institute was known as Western Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (WHMI), with the coming up of its own complex in the year 1976. The Institute was shifted to present location, Aleo Bihal, Manali and since then it is know as the Department of Mountaineering and Allied Sports.
Almost every hotel in both cities has its own pubs or bars, so you won?t have a problem getting a drink here at pretty nominal rates. Pubs like the Zing-Zing are pretty decent with the variety of drinks they provide.
Kidding around Kullu
Sultanpur Palace: It contains some fine examples of the Kullu style of miniature painting, characterised by simple rural scenes and the lack of human subjects. Naggar: For 1400 years Naggar remained the capital of Kullu. Its 16th century stone and wood castle is now a hotel run by Himachal Tourism. Here, a gallery houses the paintings of the Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich. Naggar also has three other old shrines
The Kullu valley which is also known as "Valley of Apples", might be more appropriately named the Valley of Shawls. So we can shop for Kullu shawls, caps, and other woollen clothes, and a good range of Tibetan souvenirs that includes thangkas (Buddhist paintings on cloth, see Arts & Crafts of HP for more), silver and turquoise jewellery, and music cassettes. Natural oils for massage and shampoos are available from a shop on the Mall that sells nothing else.
Famous To Eat at Kullu
As it is a famous tourist place we can get all continental dishes like chinese, Tibetan momos or Japanese Sukiyaki(a dish consisting of thin slices of meat, bean curd, and vegetables cooked in soy sauce and sugar)and a great selection of authentic Punjabi and Gujarati food and also with western food such as hamburgers, pizzas and milkshakes.
Kullu Museum and Hill Stations
MANIKARAN: Manikaran, 45kms. from Kulu and just 3kms. from Kasol, is famous for its hot springs. Thousands of people take a holy dip in hot waters here. The water is so hot that dal, rice & vegetables etc. can be cooked in it. It is also a well known pilgrimage place for both Hindus & Sikhs. Ramchandra and Shivaji temples besides a Gurudwara are there. According to an old legend, Manikaran is connected with Lord Shiva and his divine consort, Parvati, who lost her ear rings here, which gave birth to hot waters on the bank of Parvati river. Hearing this religious myth from the priests will be more rewarding and interesting. Ample accomodation in the temples and Gurudwara, is available for night stay besides the HPTDC hotel.
Gardens and Parks at Kullu
Great Himalayan National Park: The Great Himalayan National Park lies in Seraj Forest Division (in Kullu District), in the upper catchment areas of the Jiwa, Sainj and Tirthan rivers. A park where the altitude varies from 1,500 mt to about 6,000 mt, encompassing within it snowcapped mountains, river valleys, and steep cliffs.
Lake at Kullu
Seruvalsar Lake : At an altitude of 3100 metres in district Kullu 20 k.m. from Ani in the direction of the jalori pass. This lake has a picturesque setting amidst pine forest. Hotels and Rest houses are at Kullu and Shoja.
Kullu is also known as the "Fruit Basket of North India" for its bounteous apple and plum production along with the supply of its fresh vegetables.
Kullu Travel Tips
Whenever it rains, the weather becomes very cold as the snow range is very near in this valley, particularly in the months of March & April. During spring season, it also becomes very cold. So the visitors are advised to bring light woollen clothes with them. However, if you are wishing to visit Rohtang or high altitude then heavy woolens are required. The first snow occurs generally in November-December.Heavy clothes, blankets are necessary for visitors coming during December At the time of water rifting should be with a life jacket and a helmet. to February. . They are expected to wear a specific dress. An experienced guide and helper is also provided to the rafters.
Whenever it rains, the weather becomes very cold as the snow range is very near in this valley, particularly in the months of March & April. During spring season, it also becomes very cold. So the visitors are advised to bring light woollen clothes with them. However, if you are wishing to visit Rohtang or high altitude then heavy woolens are required. The first snow occurs generally in November-December.Heavy clothes, blankets are necessary for visitors coming during December At the time of water rifting should be with a life jacket and a helmet.
to February. . They are expected to wear a specific dress. An experienced guide and helper is also provided to the rafters.
Kullu Tourist Offices
Himachal Hotels 74, Industrial Area, Shoghi, Shimla - (HimachalPradesh) India Telephone: 91-177 2860601/ 2860630 / 2860602 email: email@example.com
Only bank facilities are provided there.
Must do at Kullu
Angling: Trout fish is found in large quantity in river Beas and its tributaries Parvati, Sainj, Trithan, Manikaran and Katrain areas. So fishing in Kullu district is an anglers paradise and this sport is catching up day by day. Tirthan river is particularly rich in brown trout fish where natural breeding of the fish takes place. The license for angling can be obtained from Fisheries Office, Kullu, Patlikulh, Larji & Banjar or from Tourist Office, Kullu and Manali. The Department of Fisheries are also organising angling tournament every year in April and in Sept-October. Trekking: kullu valley provides easiest as well as adventurous trekking paths to trekking lovers. Most of the routes pass though rugged and unspoiled beautiful valleys with aws inspiring glens, mossy meadows, deep forests inter woven by rushing streams and running brooks. Kullu-Manali valleys are full of real mountains and give comparatively easy access to them. White Water Rafting: White water rafting is a thrilling as well as adventurous sports. In Kullu, Badah to Jhiri is a nine kilometer long down stream journey path. It takes rafters four hours to reach the destination. The water of river Beas is fast and water waves are dancing, giving the rafters an exciting experience.
Not to do at Kullu
As it is a hill station and also many adventurous places are there to visit ,one should not make any attempt without the help of the guide or other persons who are available at the places specially for the help of tourists.