Kullu - Himachal Pradesh: The Cool & Scenic Hill Station
Kullu, called the valley of Gods, is 240 kms from Shimla and is located on the Western Himalayas. It is on the banks of the River Beas in the lap of the Himalayas. Kullu is famous for its cultural festivals, apple orchards and shawls. Kullu is above the sea level by 1219 metres and its natural beauty peaks in the spring season. It is 80 km long and 2 kms wide.
The valley originally meant "end of the habitable world. Kullu in the lower Himalayas blossoms in summer and Dussehra festival in October. Its Raghunath Temple was built in 1660 in honour of the valley's patron deity, Lord Ram. Some 2 kms away is the Jagannathi Devi Temple provides a panoramic view of the alpine area. To reach there you will need a steady climb of some 90 minutes.
As a broad open valley Kullu has Beas river flowing between Manali and Largi. Its majestic hills are covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards. The Beas river meanders through forests of Deodar, Pine trees between the Pre Panjal, Great Himalayan range and Lower Himalayas.
By Air: The nearest airport is at Bhunter (Kullu) some 12 km away.
By Rail: The narrow gauge railhead at Jogindernagar is 90 kms away. The nearest broad gauge railhead is Chandigarh that is 270 kms away.
By Road: You can drive down to Kullu from Shimla, Delhi and other places. From Delhi to Kullu it may take about 12 hours. There are buses plying from Delhi, Ambala, Shimla, and Pathankot. For those looking for hotels, Sarvari Bazaar bus stand gives better proximity to Dhalpur Maidan that is closer to most of the hotels.
In winter heavy woollens are recommended and in summers the temperature is pleasant and cottons are suggested.
Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel Sarvari with all modern amenities.
THINGS TO DO
Treks : The valley has several trek routes. The major ones are over the Chanderkhani Pass to Malana village; Jalori Pass to Shimla: and Pin Parvati Pass to Sarahan. In river Beas opens excellent white water rafting can be enjoyed.
ADJOINING PLACES TO SEE
- Other important places to see include
- Manikaran (famous for hot springs)
- Vashisht village
- Lug Valley
- Bijli Mahadev
High quality shawls, caps, rugs, foot wear, baskets, oil from almond and olive can be purchased at affordable prices at the local shops.