Raghunathji Temple, Jagannathi Devi Temple,
Vaishno Devi Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Wildlife Sanctuaries etc.
Best Time To Visit :
October to April
the district headquarters of the Kullu Valley is a beautiful hill station of
the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 1,200 mts
above sea, Kullu is one of the most popular tourist destination of India.
Kullu is bestowed with enlivening waterfalls, hot springs concealing healing
power, shimmering lakes, amazing passes and beautiful apple orchards which
attract tourists from all over the country and foreign countries as well.
Some visit the town of Kullu in search of peace, far from the hustle and
bustle of big cities, while some come here for thrilling adventure sports
and some just for a break from their busy schedule. Apart from these, Kullu
is home to several temples which present the fine examples of Kullu temple
architecture. While you visit the town the music of the temple bells that
spread over the dense woods of the valley will fill your mind and soul with
the pleasant feeling of spirituality. So, visit the charming destination of
Kullu to enjoy a pleasant vacation in the lap of mother nature and to pass
some peaceful moment in the temples of the town.
How to Reach Kullu
By Air :
Nearest airport is Bhuntar airport located at a
distance of 9 kms from Kullu. Indian Airlines and Jagson Airlines operate
flights for Kullu from Delhi, Shimla and Chandigarh. During rainy season the
flights are uncertain due to bad weather condition. Extra flights ply during
the main summer season. From Delhi it takes around 90 minutes to reach
Kullu. From the airport hire a taxi or ride a bus to reach the town or other
places in the valley.
By Train :
Some of the nearest railheads from
Kullu are Jogindernagar (125 kms), Pathankot (285 kms), Shimla (270 kms) and
Chandigarh (267 kms). Chandigarh is the most convenient railway station from
Kullu, as buses are available at regular interval from Chandigarh to Kullu.
By Road :
National Highway 21 connects Kullu with
Chandigarh and Delhi. The highway continues beyond Kullu Valley to Keylong
(Lahaul) and Leh (Ladakh). Regular bus services are available from Kullu to
Delhi (570 kms) and Chandigarh (267 kms). You have the option of travelling
in a deluxe bus or an ordinary bus. Deluxe bus services are operated by
Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC), Himachal Pradesh
Road Transport Corp. (HRTC) and private agencies operate deluxe bus services
to and fro from Kullu to other neighbouring states.
Local Transport :
Tourist taxis and auto-rickshaws are
available as local modes of transport in Kullu.
Places Where You Can Stay
Accommodatipn options in Kullu is plentiful and inexpansive, all the hotels
in the town provides a comfortable stay to guests. Some of the popular
hotels of the town are Span Resorts, Apple Valley Resort, Hotel Sarvari,
Hotel Silver Moon, Hotel Cottage River View, Hotel Parvati, Hotel Shivalik
Tourist Attractions in Kullu
Raghunathji Temple :
Kullu's most famous temple, the
Raghunathji Temple is about a km from Dhalpur in Raghunathpura or Sultanpur.
To reach the temple, cross the main road outside the bus stand and follow
the lane up the hill opposite the Kailash cinema. Raghunathji temple, a long
low building tucked away behing the Kullu raja's Rupi Palace. The temple is
dedicated to Lord Raghunathji, a manifestation of Rama, brought to Kullu
from Ayodhya by Raja Jagat Singh in the mid-17th century.
Jagannathi Devi Temple :
Jagannathi Devi Temple is
situated at a distance of 3 km from Kullu in the Bekhali village. There is a
stiff climb to reach the temple, but from the temple you will find the
spectacular views of the town.
Vaishno Devi Temple :
Vaishno Devi Temple is four km away
along the Kullu - Manali road. This is a cave-temple and houses an image of
the goddess Kali (Durga).
Bijli Mahadev Temple :
A motorable road
connects Kullu with Bijli Mahadev Temple, just 8 kms away. Standing across
the river, high on a projecting bluff, the Bijli Mahadev Temple is flanked
by a 20 mtr high rod. According to a legend, the flagpole atop the temple
draws blessings in the form of lightning which could shatter the
shivalingam. It is said if a paste of butter and barley-gram is applied to
the broken shivalingam, it will fully mend and return to its original form.
At least once a year the idol of Shiva in the temple is supposed to be
shattered by lightning, then miraculously repaired by the temple pujari
Wildlife Sanctuaries :
Kullu Valley is home to five
wildlife sanctuaries namely - Great Himalayan National Park, Kais Sanctuary,
Manali Sanctuary, Khokan Sanctuary and Kanawar Sanctuary. In these wildlife
sanctuaries you can see animal species like the endangered Musk Deer, Brown
Bear, Snow Leopard, Goral, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan
Civet, Barking Deer, Red Fox, Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten, Blue Sheep
etc. You can spot pheasants like Western Tragopan, Monal, Cheer (Catreus
Wallichi), Koklass, Kaliz and Himalayan snow cock in these wildlife
Aventure Sports :
For adventure enthusiasts, Kullu is a
perfect place and offers a variety of adventure options. Some of the popular
adventure sports which you can enjoy at Kully valley include trekking, white
water rafting, skiing, mountaineering, paragliding and jeep safari. Other
leisure options available at Kullu are angling, golf and indoor activities
such as pool, squash, billiards, carom and table tennis.
Tourist Attractions Around Kullu
Raison is located just 8 kms away on the Kullu -
Manali Highway on the bank of the river Beas. Himachal Tourism Department
runs a camping site here and it is a perfect place for adventure activities.
Bajaura lies 15 km south of Kullu on the main
road. Here you will see the famous temple of Basheshar Mahadev which has
fine stone carvings and sculptures. There are huge image slabs facing north,
west and south.
Naggar is 23 kms away from Kullu. Himachal
Tourism Department has converted the 16th century castle at Naggar into a
hotel in 1978. The fortress was constructed 504 years ago during the Raja
Sidha Singh's reign. During the British period some changes were made in the
structure of the castle and it was converted into a rest house 100 years
Roerich Art Gallery (Naggar) :
Roerich Art Gallery is
another attraction of Naggar and is situated 2 km uphill from bus stop. You
can reach the Roerich art gallery by hiring a taxi or an auto-rickshaw.
Roerich art gallery houses the original works of Russian artist Nicholas
Roerich including paintings and quotations. and it is worth a visit. Roerich
Art Gallery remains open from 10 am to 5 pm daily, except Mondays.
Urusvati Himalayan Folk Art Museum (Naggar) :
m uphill Roerich Art Gallery, Urusvati Himalayan Folk Art Museum was
established by Professor and Madame Nicholas Roerich in 1928. Earlier it was
known as a Research Institute, the traditional Indian and Tibetan medicines
were studied here. In the year 1993 it was renamed as Urusvati Himalayan
Folk Art Museum. Here you will see the paintings made by Roerich and other
made by Indian and Russian artists. The Folk Art Museum is open from 9 am to
5 pm all weekdays except Mondays.
Situated at a distance of 45 kms from Kullu,
Manikaran is known for its hot springs and its gurudwara. Manikaran also
make an ideal base for trekking expeditions, glacier crossings, Pin Pass to
Spiti, Manikaran to Saraumga Pass to Chhota Dhara, Manikaran to Malana
Valley via the Animal Pass and Manikaran or Kasol or Jari to Naggar through
Malana and Chandrakhani Pass.
Located at about the mid-point on the Kullu-
Manali road, Katrain is the widest point in the Kullu Valley and is
overlooked by 3,325 mtr high Baragarh peak. Further two km up the road on
the left side there is a trout hatchery.
Chehni Kothi :
Chehni Kothi is located near Banjar, at a
distance of 53 kms from Kullu by road and followed by 3 km uphill walk. A
1,500 years old building, Chehni Kothi was the fortified residence of Rana
Dhadhia. Originally the Chehni Kothi was 15 storeys high but after the
earthquake in 1905 only 10 storeys were left. Now a 20 ft high structure,
the Chenhi Kothi has a cone like appearance.
Dussehra Festival :
Kullu is famous for its Dussehra
festival, which is a week-long celebration. Usually the festival of Dussehra
is celebrated all over India in October for 10 day of the rising moon.
However in Kullu the festival starts on the 10th day of the rising moon,
known as 'Vijay Dashmi' and continues for seven days. Dussehra commemorates
the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, but in Kullu the
festival does not include the burning of Ravana, as in other places around
India. On Dussehra day, the raths (chariots) of Raghunathji, presiding deity
of the valley, and other deities are taken out in a procession through the
town to Dhalpur Maidan, where they reside for the next seven days. During
the festival, nicely dressed, cheerful good-humoured crowds throng every
road leading to Dhalpur Maidan, and folk dances, exhibitions and cultural
events are also held.
Kullu Valley :
The Kullu Valley tilts northward from Mandi
(760 mts) to the Rohtang Pass (3,915 mts), the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti.
A spectacular Kullu Valley is surrounded by the Pir Panjal range to the
north, the Parvati range to the east and the Barabhangal range to the west.
Himachal's most picturesque valley, the Kullu Valley is bestowed with
shimmering rivers, lovely mountain hamlets, beautiful orchards and terraced
fields rising in fastidious steps to thick green pine forests and high
snow-capped ridges. Towns of Kullu and Manali are situated in the fertile
section of the Kullu valley. The tranquil valley of Kullu is a perfect
destination for the travellers. While you visit the Kullu you will surely
admire its natural grandeur, rich and varied culture, arts, cheerful
lifestyle and the simple friendly people.
Shopping in Kullu
For shopper's Kullu offers a variety of items including the woollen items.
You can check out designed pullas, patti, mufflers, pattoos, woolen carpets,
complex driftwood articles and artistic metal crafts of Kullu. Some of the
best places to shop in Kullu are outlets of Bhuttico, Bodh Shawls and
Himbunkar. Besides the local art and craft, Kullu also promotes Kashmir
handicrafts which you can buy at Kashmir Craft Emporium. The Tibetan market
at Kullu is famous for imported goods, especially the gift items. Visit the
Sultanpur market where the local goldsmiths deal in traditional jewellery
which is a fine example of the native art.