Tourism in Kullu Himachal Pradesh:

The Kullu-Manali tourist complex is spread in the entire Kullu valley which is lavishly gifted with superb scenic wealth. Kullu also known as Valley of Gods has numerous temples. Kullu valley offers a scenic charm of peaceful wooded glades and rivers through the rocks. The Dashehra of Kullu is world famous. The ancient Hindus regarded Kullu as the farthest limit of human habitation Kulantapitha and its original name finds mention in the epics, The Ramayana and Mahabharta as well as the Vishnu Purana. Kullu, which is located on the bank of river Beas is the Central point of this tourist complex. Running North to South, the main river valley is only 80 km. long and 2 km. at its broadest, yet a fairly wide area is open to the visitors to enjoy the spectacle of variegated mountain scenery. The deodar-fringed grassy maidan, Dhalpur, is a stage for many colorful fairs.

Famous Places Around Kullu :

Bijli Mahadev Temple : ( 2,460 metres ) 11 km. This is one of the most striking temple in Kullu, where 20 metre tall image is supposed to attract special blessings from the skies in the shape of lightning. From the temple a panoramic view of Kulu and Paravati valleys can be seen. A 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun. in this temple of lightening it is said, the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightening. The rest of the story can be heard from the priest, which is un-believable but true..

Bajeshwar Mahadev Temple : ( bajaura ) 15 km.This pyramidical temple belonging to the 8th century A.D. is embellished with wonderful carvings in stone and sculpture in the Shikhara style. This temple is situated about 200 metres from the village in a plain between the main road and the Beas river.

Jagan Nath Temple : 3 km., a stiff climb leads one to the shrine from where one gets a panoramic view of Kullu town.

Manikaran : ( 1,700 metres ) 45 km. According to legend, Manikaran is also associated with Lord Shiva and his divine consort, Parbati, who lost and recovered her ear rings here. Legend has it that once when Shiva and Parbati were relaxing by the river. Parbati's ear rings fell nto the water. The lord of another world ( Patal Nagari ) named Shesh Nag took possession of them and despite Parvati's pleas, he refused to hand them back. However when all the gods prevailed upon him, he snorted them out of his nostrils, causing a boiling fountain of water to erupt. the jewels thus returned. There are temples of Ramchandra and Shiva besides the Gurudwara. This place is famous for hot water springs. Thousands of people take a dip in its hot water. The main water is so hot that Dal ( pulses ), Rice, Vegetables etc. can be boiled in it.

Pulga and Kheerganga : 16 km. a stiff march takes one to restful environment affords a Sylvan and peaceful retreat for body and mind. The 'Tos Nullah' which branches off from the main Parbati valley is well worth exploration by those who favour the wilder aspects of natural scenery are prepared to camp out. Kirganga lies 10 km. from Pulga. Khirganga is also famous for hot springs.

Katrain : ( 1,463 metres ) 20 km. This place is situated on the way to Manali and has acquired prominence due to apple orchards, a fruit research station and trout hatchery. It is also famous for bee keeping and Govt. trout farm at Patilkulh. Sufficient accommodation is availablein Hotels of HPTDC.

Naggar : ( 1,760 metres ) 25 km. Naggar was the capital of the Kullu Rajas for about 1,400 years. It is also known for its castle and the Nicholas Roerich's Museum. On the left bank of the river Beas and about three hundred metres above the river, Naggar is delightfully situated on the wooded slope and commands an extensive view, especially of the North-West of the valley. There are a large number of famous temples in and around Naggar and an excellent place for a longer stay.

Camping Sight Raison : ( 1,433 metres ) 16kms. away from Kulu, the sight is ideal for spending a quite holiday in solitary splendor and for holding youth camps. There are a large number of orchards in this part of the valley. HPTDC has log cabins for comfortable stay.

Bajaura : ( 15 km. short of Kulu ) Bajaura is on the main road where Bahseshwar Mahadev temple is situated about 200 m from the village in a plain between the main road and the Beas river. It is believed to have been built in the mid 8th century.

Largi : ( 957 metres ) 34 km. This is a small hamlet providing excellent trout fishing. The famous rivers Sainj and Tirthan join the Beas a few hundred metres below. Larji is patronised mostly by anglers.

Malana : ( 2,652 metres ) 28 km. up to Naggar by bus and then 20 km. on foot. The tiny village of Malana lies a little ahead of the 'Chanderkhani Pass' famous for the temple of 'Jamlu'. Malana village is reputed to be the oldest democracy in the world in existence where all the inhabitants of the village take part in managing its affairs. It is also famous for trekking.

Kasol : ( 1,640 metres ) 42 km. Kasol is charmingly located in an open space which slopes down to a broad expanse of clear white sand at the edge of the river. It is situated on the bank of Parbati river in the Parbati valley.

Shoja : ( 2,650 metres ) 13 km. from Banjar, located on the Kullu side, of the Jalori Pass has marvellous scenic surroundings.

Kaishdhar : ( 2,300 metres ) 16 km. A delightful spot for a quiet holiday where one can commune with nature.

Raghunath Ji Temple : 1 km. Raghunathji is the principal deity of the Kullu valley.

Tourism in Kullu :

Tourism in Kullu offers the valley of gods, old temples, world famous manali tourist complex, skiing, camping, hot springs, world famous Kullu Dushehra festival and beautiful places around the entire Kullu area. Tourism in Kullu is mainly concerned with temples and hot springs around the entire valley. Tourism in Kullu is an ideal escape to the valley of gods, you can visit famous, bijli mahadev temple, bajeshwar mahadev temple, jagan nath temple, manikaran and its hot sring and raghunathji temple. Tourism in Kullu also offers a very fine camping site known as Raison. And above all, tourism in kullu offers the world famous Manali tourist complex with a number of advanture sports activities. Manali is thrilling not only in summer, but shows a lavish display of natural beauty in winter. Manali is one of the key places of Himachal which attract most visitors during the whole year.

District Kullu : General Information

Altitude : varies from 1,150 meters to high hills of Manali.

Headquarter : Kullu ( altitude 1,220 meters )

Location : Kullu is located between 31°58'00'' North Latitude and 77°06'04'' East Longitude. it is bounded by Lahaul-Spiti and Kangra districts, on the East and South-East by Kinnaur and Shimla districts.

Access by Air : Nearest airport is Bhunter 10 km. Kullu is connected by air bus flights from Delhi, Shimla and Chandigarh to Bhunter.

Access by Rail : The convenient railheads are Chandigarh 320 km., Jogindernagar and Shimla 230 km. approx.

Access by Road : Almost each and every part of the state is linked by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation is running its buses covering the whole state. There is huge network of HRTC to cater the needs of the people.

Distances : It is connected by road with Delhi ( 789 km. ) and linked by National Highway via Ambala ( 606 km. ) and Chandigarh ( 556 km. ).

Kullu Valley
kullu valley photograph

manikaran photograph

Bijli Mahadev Temple
bijli mahadev temple

Kullu Small Airport
bhuntar, kullu airport photograph