Kullu

Overview

kullu, a popular tourist destination generally coupled with Manali, is an open valley with panoramic views and majestic hills covered with Deodar and Pine trees.

Situated at an altitude of 1230 meters, Kullu is a nature lover's paradise. Abundant with lush greenery, pristine river streams and a wonderful climate, Kullu is known as one of the most popular tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh. Kullu is also popular as a sister town to Manali which is on much higher altitude and provides more scenic views. Typically travellers cover both Kullu and Manali in one trip. Tourists coming to Kullu and Manali can indulge in a lot of adventure sports activities like river rafting, trekking, mountaineering etc. Set in the lap of nature, the picturesque landscape of this small town is mesmerizing. Kullu also has few important temples like the Raghunath Temple and Jagannathi Devi Temple. Apart from temples, the Pandoh Dam and Chandrakhani Pass are also must visits in this region. Kullu is also used as the base town to reach Manikaran, Kasol, Malana, Bhunter and Rohtang Pass too.

 

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Attractions and Places to Visit

Raghunath Temple

The oldest temple in the valley is a place of much festivity and color around and during Dussera and even otherwise assumes much religious importance amongst the locals. Wrapped around in an ancient legend, the temple finds connections to Lord Rama, and the idol of Lord Raghunath placed here, is said to be the same as the one used by him. While it derives much significance from the legend, it borrows its design and architecture from the Pahari and Pyramidal styles. Other than the spirituality surrounding the temple, the sceneries and views about it too are equally alluring.

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Bijli Madhav Temple

This is the one temple in Kullu that you cannot miss. From a legend where lightning strikes, to a huge structure and surreal surroundings with some of the best views and sceneries of Kullu, the temple is enchanting in every bit. It is said that the structure houses a Shiva Linga which was broken into pieces by lightning, that were brought back together and bounded by a temple priest using butter. The word around is that this repeats itself every year. The temple has to be reached by a trek through a 3 km long path covered with pine trees. The surroundings and the sceneries that one witnesses during the trek make it breathtakingly beautiful and refreshing rather than tiring.

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Pandoh Dam

This man-made marvel stands out from much of nature's picture perfect valleys and hills around it, with a rather spectacular and grand experience to offer to its viewer. The unforgiving rush of water and a lake which is somewhat more at peace are the sights here that you should not miss, while in Kullu. The dam is a structure under the Bhakra Beas Management Board and diverts the water of the River Beas.

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Chandrakhani Pass

The Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh and its surrounding mountains are nestled in two beautiful and mighty ranges Pirpanjal and Dhauladhar. It is situated on the left bank of river Beas. The valley has fertile fields, evergreen thicket and crystal clear gushing waters. People from different parts of the country visit the place to enjoy the scenic beauty. This modest bit of paradise, with its share of snow and clouds is an ideal stretch for trekking and views to lose oneself in. At a flattering height of 3600 meters, nestled in the Parvati Valley, the Chandrakhani pass is a favorite for those who seek natural beauty as well as those in search of adventure with mountains and valleys in the backdrop. The Parvati valley, with all its beauty, makes for an amazing trek. The Chandrakhani Pass in the area is a popular base for trekking. The valley is narrow with steep mountains rising on both sides. The region is under police surveillance due to high prevalence of drugs and tourists wandering in search of drugs. According to the legend attached to the place, Jamlu, the presiding deity of Malana was carrying the basket of all Gods of Kullu. As he reached the top of the pass, a strong wave of the wind blew away all the Gods and scattered them all over the Kullu Valley. Since then the valley is referred to as the Valley of Gods. The place strewn with picturesque beauty all around along with admiring views of Deo Tibba peak, Pir Panjal and Parbati range of mountains, do all the justice to its name. The trek is also one of the easiest where trekkers can get a glimpse of the remote and hilly cultures of Himachal Pradesh. The trek will also surprise you every moment with variations at every nook and corner passing through alpine forest and alpine meadows to lush green farms. The beautiful backdrop of majestic mountain peaks is also a great treat to the eyes.

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Hanogi Mata Temple

Like any other sacred shrine or temple in the area, this one too finds itself a picture perfect backdrop. Watching over valleys from the top of a hill, the temple dedicated to Hindu Goddess Mata Hanogi, has a stream running down below, creating the perfect scenery for a religious and sacred structure.

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Naggar

Naggar is an unexplored and modest town in the Kullu district, which will give you all the time to leisurely walk around, rest and rejuvenate amongst mountains, valleys, lush greenery and the River Beas flowing in much proximity. There isn't much to do here and Naggar comes with little on its list of must visit areas. Hence, this one hill station lets you enjoy your break the way you want to. One can also enjoy trekking and camping in the area. There is also a hot water spring to visit here. Other than these natural treasures, the town of Naggar also has a castle, Naggar fort, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel and tends to be the most popular tourist spot here. The castle also houses Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery, which was once the Russian artist's residence. One can browse through a number of rare artworks, the artists' private rooms and collectibles.  An equally rare side of architecture is seen in the Tripura Sundri Temple, which is a pagoda shaped wooden temple and the Jagatipatt temple which has alternate slabs of deodar timber, making it earthquake resistant.  Also visit the Gauri Shankar temple which has some fascinating stone carvings and a medieval influence on its archite.

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