In the state of Himachal Pradesh
Best time to visit :
May-June & September-October
Kullu - the valley of Gods
The valley of gods, as the Kullu valley has come to be famous, is probably
the most fascinating travel destination in the western Himalayas. The
ancient Hindus considers it as the extreme limit of human habitation.
Kulantapitha, its original name finds its reference in the epics of the
Ramayana and the Mahabharata as well as Vishnu Purana.
Kullu Valley situated on the banks of Beas is at an altitude of about 3,900
feet. It is famous for its apple orchards, its beautiful women, its old
wooden temples and its folk music and dances. It offers ample scope for
trekking, climbing, angling. Kullu serves as a nerve centre of the valley
and is the base point for a number of treks. Kullu is a mesmerizing region,
every part with an allure of its own.
Manali - The Queen of Hill Resorts
At distance of 40 km from Kullu, is Manali, situated in a valley. Manali is
abound with obvious snow capped peaks. The river Beas meanders through the
valley with its clear water, on the other side of which stands deodar and
pine trees in line, tiny levelled fields and fruit orchards. It is an
excellent place for a holiday and the most preferred base camp for trekkers.
Manali is regarded as the queen of hill resorts. It offers of a peaceful
stay amidst luxurious green meadows and forests, gushing rivulet and
waterfalls. Manali is an ideal spot for hiking, climbing, sunbathing and
fishing for the young spirits. Manali provides a cool retreat for all, who
exults in just being amidst undamaged nature. The town has comfortable
facilities such as tourist bungalows, cottages and good places to satisfy
your taste buds.
Arriving At Kullu-Manali
By Flight :
Kullu and Manali can be reach from a common
base, Bhuntar airport, 9 km for Kullu and 49 km form Manali. Small private
airlines also operate scheduled flights to & from here.
By Trackways :
The most convenient rail station for the
Kullu valley is Chandigarh (250 kms away).
By Roadways :
Kullu is approachable by road from Delhi
(500 kms), Chandigarh (250 kms) and Simla (260 kms).
The Major Fascinating Sights At Kullu-Manali
It is located just at a distance of 12 km. from
Manali. It is a quiet but scenic spot. This is nice place to relax.
Solang Valley :
It is situated at distance of 13 km. from
Manali. A spectacular valley between Manali and Kothi which offers a views
of the glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks. The plateau is often busy
with trekking parties holding camps.
Rahla Falls :
It located about 2 km from Kothi. Here the
river Beas falls down from a height of about 50 metres. The is an ideal
charming spot for picnickers.
Vaishno Devi :
At a distance of 4 km from Kullu. A small
cave enshrine an image of goddess Vaishno.Other temples are dedicated to
Lord Shiva, Rama and Krishna.
Raghunathji Temple :
Situated at a distance of 1 km. this
temple was built in the 17th century by Raja Jagat Singh, who installed here
an idol of Lord Raghunathji, which he brought from Ayodhya. As a mark of his
penance he placed the idol on his throne and it became the presiding deity
of the valley.
Jagannathi Temple :
It is just 3 km. from Kullu. A stony
climb leads one to the shrine from where one gets a clear view of the Kullu
The Great Himalayan National Park :
Located in the
alluring district of Kullu, spread over an area of 620 sq. km. has temperate
forests with some of the unspoiled coniferous forests of the state. Vast
space of alpine pasture and glaciers dominates this park. The fauna found in
this part of the western Himalayas are musk deer, ghoral, thar, bharal,
sewor, brown bear, leopard and snow leopard. Bird life comprises of
Rekte-Sar. A stay at these beautiful surroundings is a memorable experience.