The ‘Valley of Gods’, Kullu is the capital of the Kullu district. This awesome valley is located on the banks of the river Beas between Manali and the Largi. Bestowed with the abundant resources of the nature, the Kullu valley stands amidst the majestic and the gigantic mountainous region of the great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal, it is covered with the forests of the pine and the deodar with the apple orchards all over.Kullu (4000 ft) was formerly known as the Kulanthpitha, meaning the end of the entire habitable world.

It has a historical background way back in 634 CE or 635 CE when Xuanzang, the Chinese monk who visited the silver valley, described it the most fertile area of the region. It is also believed that the stupa built by king Ashoka, here in Kullu, as a mark of the place where Lord Buddha had preached was removed by a Mughal ruler and was placed in theFeroz shah’s KotlaMaidan in Delhi.  Dr Vogel has suggested that Ku-zu is the Bu-nan name of Kullu and also suggesting that Kulḷu is also called as Ram-ti by the Ti-nans, and as Ram-di by the Caṅsas (Me-rlog) and as Ñuṅ-ti by the Tibetians.

The Kullu, was most probably the ancient most state of the country next to the Kashmir and the Kangra. Like the other hill states, the Kullu had sailed through all the ups and downs in its history till it was surrendered to the British in the year 1846 as per the Lahore agreement. It was then made as a sub-division of the district of Kangra. It was declared a district in the year 1963 as a part of the Punjab up to 1966. On the 1st of November, 1966, the district became the part of the Himachal Pradesh.

Places to See in Kullu

Kullu, the best of the tourist spots in the country has a list of places to visit, as suggested below:

  • The Raghunath Temple – the great temple of the Lord Raghunath/Rama.
  • The Shringi Rishi Temple – located in the Banjar valley, it is the most revered temple of the place.
  • The Maha Devi Tirth Temple or the ShriMahadeviTirth, more popularly called the Vaishno Devi Mandir, the newest temple of all.
  • The BijliMahadev – the highest point of the Kullu valley
  • The DevtaNarsingh – located in the Sultanpur block, the famous of the deityNarasingh.
  • Raison – the adventurous place on the Kullu-Manali Highway
  • Shoja – the vantage point – snow peaks, meadows, the forests, rivers, streams
  • The BasheshwarMahadev Temple – the charming intricately stone craved temple of the Kullu located in the Bajaura
  • The Kasol–the spot of trout, on the banks of the river Parvati.
  • Naggar – the former capital of the Kullu famous for the gallery house.
  • The Fishing and Adventure – Kullu is named for these attractive concepts of the tourists.

Kullu Cuisine

The place is well known for the sea food cuisines though paddy and maize are the staple grains available. It has a few dhabas and restaurants near the bus stand that serve the food of choice at a reasonable choice. Kodra and Salyara are the two general dishes of the locals apart from wheat based Sattu. The Baturas, the Patrodu, the Vadas and the vegetables are the some of the other dishes that would make appearance mainly during the local festival, Saja.

Where and What to shop in Kullu

Any tourist would love to plan the shopping part of the whole tourism range. The Kullu is named for its naturally made shawls from the sheep’s wool, the pashmina, the angora, etc. It is also known for its woollen caps, the Tibetan carpets, the paintings and the handicrafts.

The Kullu district also has many of the shopping malls, the makeshift markets and also the local bazaars where we can buy those artifacts, the paintings and also the handloom products. Here are some of the shopping destinationsof the Kullu:

  • The GadanThekchoklingGompapopular for the rugs and the carpets.
  • Lakkar Bazaar - popular market for the wooden furniture, the pashmina shawls, the blankets and also the Kullu caps.
  • Khara Bazaar is the best place for Kullu shawls.
  • The Charitable Trust Tibetan Handicrafts is the authentic place for the Tibetan products

Climate and Best Time to Visit Kullu

The most popular tourist place of the country, Kullu is best to visit in the time period between Septembers to June, though good all throughout the year. 

  • The winter (starts mid-September and lasts till February) it is very cold and the minimum temperature drops to even or below 0°C and also has heavy snowfall, the best honeymoon period.
  • The summer (starts from March to June) it is the pleasant period and is the ideal season for the sight-seeing and other adventurous activities.
  • The monsoon (starts from the July to mid-September) it witnesses some of the intermittent showers and also the unexpected landslides. Not much suitable for travelling.

Thus in Kullu, the summers are best for the sight-seeing and for relaxation, while the winter period is ideal for the trekking, the rock climbing, the sight-seeing, the river rafting and also to experience the snowfall.

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest airport located at the Bhuntar townabout 10 km from south of the Kullu town. It is known as the Kullu-Manali airport. The Indian Airlines and some of the private airlines have the regular flights to this airport.

By Rail

For tourists planning to travel by train the nearest railheads are at Chandigarh(235 km away)and the Pathankot, from where you need to head to the Joginder Nagarthat is 100 kilometres away from Kullua and then by bus.

By Bus

Planning for a bus travel then if you start from Delhi travel by the NH1 to Chandigarh and then by NH21 to Kullu. Need to travel a distance of 481 km totally. The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development and Corporation runs buses from the various cities to Kullu and charges around Rs. 4 per kilometre.

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