Kullu

Kullu,a trekkers dream,a hippies destination for many decades, once known "the end of the habitable world", is the capital town of the Kullu District, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley. The valley of gods, as the Kullu valley has come to be known as, is the most beautiful region in the western Himalayas. The valley spreads out its charm on either side of the upper reaches of the river Beas. Running north to south, the main river. The valley is only 80 kilometres long and 2 kilometres at its broadest, yet a fairly wide area is open to the visitors to enjoy the spectacle of mountain scenery.

Kullu situated on the banks of the Beas, Kullu, is the starting place for a number of treks. Dhalpur is a stage for many colorful fairs. 

Places to see in and around Kullu

Raghunath Temple The main tourist interest of Kullu is the Raghunath Temple that worships Lord Ram, one of the most important God's in the Hindu mythology.

Jagannathi Devi Temple 3 kilometres from Kullu  is  the Jagannathi Devi Temple  in the village of Bekhli.It is a 1½ hour uphill walk that leads to the temple, it provides a beautiful view over Kullu which is worth the long walk.

Bijli Mahadev Temple The is placed at a height of 2,460 metres. As the name suggests, the temple is frequently struck by lightning.The Bijli Mahadev temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is located across the river Beas, at some ten kilometers distance from Kullu. The temple offers a panoramic view over the Kullu valley and is worth visiting.

Lug valley A major tributary Sarvari, leads to the less explored  Lug-valley on the west. On the east of Kullu lies on a mountainous range having the village-temples of Bijli Mahadev, Mount Nag and Pueed. Beyond the range is Manikaran valley, along the Parvati river which joins Beas in Bhuntar. On the South of Kullu is the town of Bhuntar, and Mandi (a separate district).To the north lies the famous town of Manali, which through the Rohtang pass leads onto the Lahaul and Spiti Valley. One can see an enormous change in the climate as one climbs up the windward side of the ranges to proceed to the much drier plateaus to the north of Manali.

Manikaran 45 kilometres from Kullu, in the Parvati Valley, lies the holy pilgrimage place of Manikaran. The hot water springs are reputed for their healing properties. The springs in the area are hot enough to boil rice in it. Manikaran, a place of pilgrimage for Hindus.Manikaran Gurudwara, built in the mountains, provides some extraordinary sights.

Kullu Handicrafts/Shawls The artisans of Kullu valley preserve a rich heritage of handlooms and handicrafts. There is an amazing range of beautiful handloom and handicraft products in Kullu. The traditional brilliant colors of the handlooms probably manifest people's zest for life and creation.The famous Kullu Shawls are admired for their elegant look. The Kullu Shawl owes its origin to the Kinnauri Shawl.For their elegant look, brilliant traditional patterns, quality and reasonable cost, these shawls are world famous. Kullu Caps are widely worn by the local people and are also equally popular among tourists. 

Kullu Festival

Kullu Valley, also known as the "Valley of Gods", is well known for the seven day festival of Kullu 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 Weather is very plesant and the maximum temperature hardly reaches 30 degree in the day, while the nights are still chill. Summer is the season when tourists come in large numbers. When the rest of India goes through extreme heat while Kullu offers calm climate.In winter the hillsides are framed in white.

How To Reach Kullu
 
By Plane
The nearest airport is at Bhuntar (Airport Code: KUU), 10 kilometres from Kullu and 50 kilometres from Manali. Direct flights are available from Delhi
 
By Train
The nearest rail head is Chandigarh (270 kilometres). Alternative rail heads are Shimla (220 kilometres) and Jogindernagar(40 kilometres), connected with Kalka and Pathankot.

By Road Car/Bus To Kullu are:

Delhi - 520 kilometres, 13-14 hours

Chandigarh - 270 kilometres, 8 hours

Shimla - 220 kilometres, 6 hours

Manali - 50 kilometres, 1.5 to 2 hours

Pathankot - 275 kilometres, 10 hours

Ambala - 315 kilometres,12 hours

Stay

There are many hotels and guesthouses in Kullu to stay. Kullu lies in the heart of the 70-kilometre-long kullu valley and offers a central location for seight seeing to manali & rothang pass.

Himalayan Hamlet Resort offering buget & deluxe accomodation

Hotel Sangam in budget class

Mashoo Resort  a star rated hotel

Kullu Valley Hospital and Sri Harihar Hospital  are the nearest hospitals for urgent Medical needs.

Clothing depends on which month you plan to travel, if you wanna carry warm or light clothes, But Kullu may be a bit chilled during the summers also , so its advisable to carry warm clothes for the night times.

Internet and Phone Connectivity can be bad sometimes in Kullu, In Winter it can get worst. Its advisable to use BSNL postpaid while in Kullu.

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