Kullu (1220m) was once known as Kulanthapitha – the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalaya, and by the banks of the shining river Beas lay the fabled Silver Valley. Kullu got its first motorable access only after independence. The long centuries of seclusion have however allowed the area to retain a considerable measures of its traditional charm. Here is the core of an intricate web of numerous valleys, each of which is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the other.
The Silver Valley has nature’s treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers. This wealth nestles by every tree in the splendid forests, bursts forth in the blooms and in the fruit of every orchard. Here are riches which cannot be measured and echo down 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 hear in the clear mountain streams.
Being considered a gift of nature, the Kullu Manali offers some of the most alluring mountain trenches for the tourist that include trekking, hiking, mountaineering and Paragliding etc .
In and Around
In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu committed a great wrong. To atone for the sin, he sent a courtier to Ayodhya for a statue of Lord Ragunath (Lord Rama). This temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh to house the image and is greatly revered.
Adi-Brahma Temple is located in village Khokhan just 4 km from Bhuntar towards north, on a link road starting from Shamshi moving towards the village Khokhan at about same elevation as of Dayar temple of Vishnu across the valley. It is a massive wooden structure. This temple has idols of Adi-Brahma Ji in the center and temple of ‘Garh-Jogni’ and ‘Manikaran-Jogni’ on left and right side of the temple. In Hindu Pantheon, there are a large number of temples devoted to Vishnu and Shiva but very few to Brahma. Hence the Adi-Brahma temple built in wood and stone at Khokhan is of great importance. In Himachal Pradesh, another Adi-Brahma temple is at Tihri (Uttarsal) in Mandi district. At Khokhan, the Adi Brahma has one “ashta-dhatu”, eleven silver and two brass mohras fixed in the ‘rath’ (rath: chariot or palanquin).
Bijli Mahadev Temple
It is just 14 KM from Kullu. At 2460m, this is set on a spur that offers some spectacular views. The temple is famous for its high staff that periodically draws lighting which shatters the Linga and scorches the building. Using only butter as adhesive, the Linga is then carefully pieced together by the temple pundit.
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple Bajura
It is just 15 KM from Kullu. One of the most charming temple in Kullu, this is renowned for its intricate stone carvings.
It is situated at Bhekhli, just 12 km from Kullu. It is a beautiful place with temple of Maa Bhuwaneshwari. From there one can have a wide view of the entire Kullu Valley and River Beas.
Mata Vaishno Maha Devi Tirth Temple
Mata Vaishno Maha Devi Tirth is located just 5 km from Kullu on Kullu-Manali National Highway No. 21. It is named after Goddess Parvati – also called Mahadevi, stands tall since 1966, in the beautiful Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh.
Kasidar is a beautiful picnic spot. The place is ideal for a walk into the Nature and abundant scenic beauty. This place will make you feel rejuvenated and forget all your sorrows.
It is another popular spot in Kullu. This palace is extremely beautiful and has some extraordinary painting depicting the life in the region of Kullu.
Kasol is an extremely beautiful destination around Kullu that is known for its natural beauty. It is located nearly 42 kms from Kullu, at the banks of Parvati River. Kasol is also a good place for trout fishing.
Katrain is only a 20 km drive from Kullu and forms the centre of the Kullu valley. This place is very popular for its trout hatcheries and apple orchards.
Naggar was earlier the capital town of Kullu and is a must-see place when you visit Kullu. This place is of spiritual importance for Hindus as it houses temples of Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna and Tripura Sundari. Naggar is not-be-missed place for art lovers because of the famous Roerich Art Gallery that displays the painting and sculptures of the very well-known Nicholas Roerich.
Manikaran is the land of Hot Springs that is about 45 kms from the town of Kullu. The water in these hot springs is extremely hot and even used to cook food. Manikaran is also a key religious site for Sikhs and Hindus.
Manali is a very popular destination located near Kullu in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This place is very popular for the Hidimba Devi Temple, dedicated to the mythical princess named Hidimba.
Shopping in Kullu
If you are a shopping freak, the Akhara Bazaar is a must visit place. The bazaar is lined with plentiful shops selling genuine Kullu shawls, caps, gudmas, Pattoos, rugs, phulas and other different woollen items.
The best time to visit Kullu are from mid-March to Mid-April and again mid-September till mid-November. Summer is the main trekking season so if that is the main season for your visit then you should gon in the summer months. Kullu sees Dussehra being celebrated in a very big way way, so this is another reason for you to time your visit in October during this festival.
How to Reach
Bhuntar airport, 10 kms from Kullu is the nearest airfield, with regular flights arriving from Delhi. From the airport, there are regular buses to Kullu.
The closest narrow gauge railhead is at Jogindernagar, 95 kms from Kullu. The nearest railhead with best train connections is at Chandigarh, 272 kms away. From there, regular buses connect to Kullu.
The distance from Delhi is 530 km , Shimla – 240 km. From Delhi, HPTDC Luxury and Volvo coaches ply to Kullu daily. During tourist season there is a daily luxury coach to Shimla.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Apple Valley Resort
National Highway , Mohal,
Bhunter, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh 175126
Manikaran Rd, Hathithan,
Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh 175125
Bhunter, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh 175125
Where to Eat
Himachal Pradesh 175101
Sapna-Sweets and Restaurants
Akhara Bazar, Kullu, India
Chinda ka Dhaba
Main Road Akhara Bazar
opp. aarya samaj Street