It is situated at an elevation of 1230 Meters above the sea level. Kullu was earlier known as Kulanthpitha meaning ‘the end point of inhabitable World’.Kullu valley is also mentioned in Ramayana, Mahabharata and Vishnu Purana. This dazzling hill station is surrounded by massive snow clad mountains and thick pinewood forests with the beautiful Beas River flowing throughout the region as its magnificent centerpiece Kullu is famous for adventure activities like trekking, River Rafting, Mountaineering, Angling and paragliding. Presence of various temples makes this holy place more attractive and attracts many.
|Tourist Attractions||Type||Interesting Facts|
|Manali||Leisure||Manali is situated at the Kull District of Himachal Pradesh. The landscape here is breath taking. One sees snow capped peaks, the Beas River with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodar and pine trees, and fruit orchards. This town also has a multitude of options for tourists looking for adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing, zorbing, white water rafting etc. Manali also has a lot of temples which all tourists and devotees love to visit. Lahaul and Spiti district can also be accessed from here during the summers using the same highway.|
|Great Himalayan National Park||Heritage||The Park is spread over an area of 754.4 square kilometers, It is one of India’s National Parks located in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. The park includes the upper mountain snow melt and glacial water melt origins of several rivers, mainly the tributaries of the river Indus. It is home to about 375 fauna species and several floral species, including some very rare species of plants and animals such as blue sheep, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan Tahr, musk deer spruces, horse chestnuts and huge alpine meadows.
It is one of the newer additions to the list of World Heritage Sites in India and is a part of the Himalayan Biodiversity Hotspots. Coniferous Forests, Snowy Peaks, Pristine Glaciers adds sublime colours to its beauty. It’s a wildlife conservation site; hence hunting of any of these animals is strictly prohibited.
|Shoja||Offbeat||It is a beautiful destination situated at an elevation of 2692 meters above the sea level. This place provides a panoramic view of bone White Mountain Ranges. The village is located close to the Great Himalayan National Park with some magnificent view of the Tirthan Valley below. The place is a perfect gateway from Kullu and is around 5 Km down from Jalori Pass.
Raghupur Fort : The fort is around 3Kms from Jalori Pass and was constructed by the Mandi rulers to protect themselves from the Invaders.
|Kasol||Offbeat||the village is known as the ‘Mini’ Israel ‘of Himachal Pradesh is situated at an elevation of 1640 Meters above the sea level. A picturesque village is stretched along the Parvati River. It is located around 45 Kms East of Kullu and around 5 Kms from holy place Manikaran.
Kasol is also famous for its trekking which includes treks to Kheerganga, Sar Pass, Yanker Pass and Pin Parvati Pass. The Parvati River is the perfect place for angling permission from forests department is required for trout fishing.
A bigger section of the population in the town is from Israel. The food culture of the place is like Israel where the food cuisines are rich and mixed with all the cultures around the world.
Visitors are attracted to this alluring town because of its hospitality, beautiful scenic view and culture. The village offers an unforgettable experience for those who love to be in the lap of nature.
|Manikaran||Pilgrimage||Located 5 Kms from Kasol the holy site is situated at an elevation of 1760 Meters above the sea level. It is an important pilgrimage centre for both Hindu and Sikhs.
This shrine was built at the site where Guru Nanak Dev Ji came to this village with his disciple Bhai Mardana for the welfare of the people . His disciple arranged some pulses and flour for local villagers for Langar but could not arrange fire to cook the food. Gurunanak Dev Ji then asked to remove a stone and was amazed to see an emission of hot spring. The place is famous for its hot boiling Sulphur spring and is believed that it can cure skin diseases and can even ease the swelling caused by gout.
The famous Sri Ramchandra temple is standing upright in the midst of the town of Manikaran. The image of this temple id believed to have been brought from Ayodhya.
The temple of Lord Shiva and his divine consort Parvati is also the main attraction.
|Bijli Mahadev||Pilgrimage||The temple is near Kullu located at an altitude of 2438 meters above the sea level. The name of the holl where the temple is located is known as Mathan. The name comes from the fact that the lightning strikes the Shiv Linga inside the temple and breaks it into pieces. Priest then collects the pieces and joins them together with the help of butter and Sattu acting as an adhesive. Every year during Shivratri a great crowd of devotees gather here to take blessings of Lord Shiva. A paranomic view of Kullu and Parvati Valley can be seen from the temple. Opposite of the temple there are small stone statues is situated and one can perform the pooja too. A 20 Meters tall pole is installed which is made up of Oak tree, during special occasion the pole is replaced by another one made from the tallest deodar tree found in the forest.
The local villagers and people from surrounding places come together to replace the pole and is a festival celebration for all of them. The tree is carved in the square shape and fixed firm in the place. People feel that this is an opportunity for getting blessing from Lord Shiva and consider this activity as serving God.
|Gushaini||Offbeat||It is located at the Trithan Valley in the Kullu District is the perfect destination for the adventure lovers. It is located at an elevation of 1400 Meters above the sea level. The place is famous for the trout fishing and also offers various activities like trekking, lock climbing etc.
Stay options in the Gushaini are few and mostly in form of guesthouses and home stays.
There are many waterfalls and small streams which can also be explored.
|Friendship Peak||Adventure||Friendship Peak Trek is one of the most challenging treks of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an elevation of 5289 Meters above the sea level in the Pir Panjal Ranges. It is the non technical or a trekking peak for less experienced mountaineers. The trek starts from the beautiful Solang Valley which is located at an elevation of 2050 Meters. After that the journey follows a gradual trek uphill towards the Bakarthach which is at an elevation of 3050 Meters and further towards the base camp. This trek left tourist unusual and exciting experience.
The location is blessed with an blue Lake and numerous peaks all around like Hanuman Tibba. This is the most popular trek among the foreign tourist as well. Further, you can explore the holy Beas Kund, which is named after the name of Rishi Beas. You can see many beautiful meadows and amazing landscape throughout the way and enjoy the beauty of nature.
|Tirthan Valley||Adventure||Tirthan valley is one of the most beautiful place in Himachal Pradesh. Tirthan Valley draws its name from Tirthan River, which originates from glaciers of Himalaya. It is Perennal River of cold and clear glacier water. It is abundant of trout fish. It is best place for campers.
Tirthan is an offbeat destination that has something for everyone. This quiet valley has the following activities:
Trekking, Trout Fishing, bird watching, Camping, Flora and fauna, River crossing, Yoga & meditation and White water rafting.
The idyllic backdrop of Tirthan valley is dominated by cloud-kissed mountains, dense coniferous forests and sprawling alpine meadows. Besides offering spectacular vistas, the valley is also one of the best bird watching destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Definitely a great getaway to connect with nature and unwind in solitude.
|Kheer Ganga||Offbeat||An alluring meadow is situated at an elevation of 2960 Meters above the sea level. The name ‘ Kheerganga’ came due to the milky water of the River flowing. It is located around 25 Kms away from the pilgrimage town of Manikaran. Kheerganga remains snow covered during winter season.
Kheer Ganga trek (12-14 Kms one way trek)- the trek starts from Barshaini village where Parvati and Tosh River meets. The trek has several interesting sightseeing such as Shiva temple, Rudra Nag and waterfall.
The trek is easy and is for the beginners but during monsoon it becomes a bit challenging.
|Raghunath Temple||Pilgrimage||It is located at an elevation of 2056 Meters above the sea level. It Is one of the oldest and most popular temples of Himachal dedicated to Lord Rama. It is located on a hillock and gives a magnificent view of the valley located next to River Beas.
Festivals like Dussehra, Shivratri and Navratri are celebrated with great joy.
The story behind the construction of the temple is Raja Jagat Singh, who was the ruler of Kullu at that time period. At some point he got to know that someone by the name of Durgadutt had charming pearls. He heard about a peasant who had treasured pearls of knowledge. So, he ordered the peasant to give those pearls to him or face death. The peasant, who knew of the wickedness and greed of the raja, killed himself by jumping into fire and then cursed the Raja. Out of guilt and self-disgust, Raja Jagat Singh saw worms instead of rice and blood in the pot of water. The Brahmin’s words, “Whenever you eat, your rice will appear as worms, and water will appear as blood”, echoed in his ears.
A panic stricken Raja slowly began to fall ill. His disease couldn’t be diagnosed by hakims, Vaids, religious preachers or courtiers. The spirit of the Brahmin continued to haunt him. Raja Jagat Singh finally sought for help, and a holy Brahmin (Pahadi Baba), Krishan Datt then told him that the blessings of Lord Rama can cure him. He was asked that if he carried the idol of Lord Raghunath from Ayodhya to Kullu, the curse put on him by the peasant would be uplifted.
Through a lot of hardships, this finally happened and the Lord Raghunath became the reigning deity of the Kullu valley. Interestingly, the weight of the deity increased when taken back to Ayodhya by the local people and decreased when taken towards Kullu. This very idol is the centre of attraction in the Dussehra festival and is taken on a Ratha all across the hill town.
|Chandrakhani||Adventure||Located at an elevation of 3660 Meters above the sea level. , the Chandrakhani Pass makes it for an astounding trek experience in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Originating from the scenic Naggar settlement, which is located around 21km from Manali, the trail that leads to the pass is known for its enchanting beauty and appeal.
From the pass, one can enjoy the fantabulous views of the Deo Tibba, Parbati and Pir Panjal peaks. Also, jotted with luscious groves of pine, deodar, golden oak and cherry, this pass boasts as one of the most scenic and pictorial passes in the country.