was once known as Kulanthpitha
, which means the end of the
habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater
, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the
fabled 'Silver Valley
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 mountain
scapes remain spectacular whether in brilliant sunshine or in the haze of
the mist. The 'Silver Valley
' has nature's treasures that
lie carelessly scattered as flowers on the high meadows.
The town of Kullu
has long been a centre of faith. In the
17th century, Raja Jagat Singh
installed here an idol of
, which he brought from Ayodhya. As a mark
of his penance, he placed the idol on his throne and it became the presiding
deity of the valley.
Attractions of Kullu
The Great Himalayan National Park
Characterised by dazzling high ridges, glaciers, deep gorges, alpine
meadows and valleys with closed virgin forests, the Great Himalayan
with an altitudinal variation from 1,300m to 6,100m
district is one of the best destinations for
flora and fauna lovers. Supporting a diverse
of over three
hundred species of birds and over thirty species of mammals, the region was
declared a national park in 1984.
Bijli Mahadev Temple
Situated at an altitude of 2,438 metres one can reach this temple by a
tough but rewarding climb through a 6-km long trek. From the temple site, a
panoramic view of Kullu and Parvati valleys is available.
In district Kullu, Brighu Lake lies east of the Rohtang
Pass and is about 6-km from the village of Bulaba. The
shores of this clear water lake are devoid of human habitation yet, it is
visited regularly by the people of the area.
Dhankia Mahadeva Temple
The temple is dedicated to Shiva who stands enshrined in a cave in the form
of a 'lingam'.
More traditionally, over two hundred deities converge on Kullu for its
unusual Dussehra Celebrations. They pay homage to Lord
Raghunathji while Music and colour fill the "Silver Valley".
Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth
day of the rising moon, i.e. on 'Vijay Dashmi' day itself
and continues in seven days.
Pin Parbati Pass
The Pin Parbati Pass, 4,810m, is marked by rock cairns and prayer flags.
The alpine views to the snow-capped ranges towards the Kullu Valley
contrast with the barren mountain ridges, which stretch east towards Spiti.
In the valleys of Kullu and Manali
below Chanderkhani Pass, situated at an altitude of 2,76m
is a little hub of hundred houses. The village, which consists of 1,000
tribals, has an immaculate system of self-governance.
Nature Parks: Kufri, Manali, Gopalpur
These are small nature parks getting very popular among the tourists who
whish to admire the expance of nature.
Himachal offers a virtual bonanza for trekkers. From
moderate to strenuous treks ranging up to 11 days and the best season to
trek over here is during the months of June to October. One of Himachal's
classic routes is the Chandra Bhaga triangle and the
Baralacha Pass at a height of 4,833m.
How To Get There - Kullu
The airport at Bhuntar is 10-km from Kullu, where taxis and buses are
The closest narrow gauge railhead is at Jogindernagar, 95-km from Kullu.
By road, the distance from Delhi via Mandi is 530-km and from Shimla this
is 240-km. From Delhi and Shimla, luxury buses ply to Kullu. There's a bus
and taxi stand on the opposite side of maidan. The main bus stand is by
river in the northern area of the town.