Kullu, a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh at an height of 1220 meters was onceknwon as Kulanthpitha- “the end of the habitable world”. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled ‘Silver Valley’.
The ‘Silver Valley’ has nature’s treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers on the high meadows. This wealth nestles by every tree in the splendid forests, it bursts forth in the blooms and in the fruit of every orchard. Here are riches which cannot be measured and echo the ages with the words of every myth and ancient legend- and glow in the warm smiles of its gentle people. There is pleasure in every step you take in these enchanted valleys and in every gurgle you here in the clear mountain streams.
In winter, the temperature gets quite low when heavy woolens are required. It is pleasant in summer and cottons are recommended.
How To Reach Kullu
By Road : Kullu is connected by road and is 530 km from Delhi via Mandi. It is 240 km from Shimla. From Delhi and from Shimla, luxury buses fly to Kullu.
By Rail : The closest narrow gauge rail head is at Jogindernagar, 95 km from Kullu.
By Air : New airport is built at Kullu and another airport is at Bunthar 10 km away. Regular flights are available from Delhi-Kullu-Shimla.
Places In And Around Kullu
Ragunath Temple : In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu committed a great wrong. To atone for the sin, he sent a senior courtier to Ayodhya for a statue of Lord Ragunath-Lord Rama. This temple was built by Raja jagat Singh to house the image and even today, is greatly revered.
Bijli Mahadev Temple : 14 kilometre from Kullu, this is set on a spur that offers some spectacular views. The temple is famous for its high staff that periodically draws lightning which shatters the ‘Shivlinga’ and scorches the building. Using only butter as adhesive, the ‘linga’ is then carefully pieced together by the temple pandit.
Malana : Situated at 2720 metres above sea leve, Malana is famous for its traditional democratic set up and lush green hills. The main thing about this village is that all the disputes of the village are settled within the village by the villagers themselves, there is no interference of the outsiders. It is the believed that the soldiers of Alexander who remained here, married the local women resulting into a unique culture.
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Bajaura :
15 kilometre from Kullu, one of the most charming temples in the Kullu valley, this is renowned for its intricate stone carvings.
Other Temples : The Vaishno Devi temple (4 km), the Devi Jagannathi temple at Bekhli (5 km) and the Vishnu temple at Dayar (12 km) are other important shrines around Kullu.
Kaisdhar : 15 kilometres from Kullu and is situated at a height of about 1800 metres. One of the finest places in the Kullu Valley from the scenic point of view.
Kasol : 42 kilometres from Kullu, an open glade by the banks of the river Parvati. Clean white sand separates the lush green grass from the waters. A good spot for trout.
Manikaran : 45 kilometres from Kullu, at 1737 metres, here are hot sulphur springs that bubble next to the icy waters of the Parvati river. The place is revered by the both Hindus and Sikhs. Treks from here lead to Pulga, Khirganga and Mantalai – a strecth of considerable natural beauty. The route finally reaches the Pin Parvati Pass (4802 metres) which opens into the Sutlej Valley.
Shoja : 69 kilometres from Kullu, at 2692 metres, this is a vantage point for a complete panorama of the Kullu area – snow peaks and valleys, meadows and forests, rivers and streams.
Raison : 13 kilometres from Kullu, by the banks of the Beas and on the Kullu- Manali highway – Himachal Tourism runs a camping site here. Ideal for a taste of adventure.
Naggar : 23 kilometres from Kullu, for 1400 years this was 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.
Kullu Dussehra : When Dusshera celebrations come to an end in the rest of the country, they begin at Kullu. Over 600 locals deities come to pay homage to Lord Ragunath. This is a time when the valley is at its colourful best.
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