It is situated in Kullu Valley on the bank of River Beas. The place was formerly known as Kulanthpitha means the end of the world. The place was able to get motor able road built only after independence. That is why it retains its traditional charm a lot. People of mixed religion live together.
The place are popular for age old temples and monasteries as Budha preached here. The place attracts tourists, pilgrims, mountaineers and honeymooning couples to the awe inspiring meadows, most charming valley and scenic beauty.
The place is known widely for its hand-woven woolen shawls caps and footwear. Kullu is also famous of Dussehra fair which takes place here in full swing. Some of the famous varieties of Kullu Shauls are Pashmina, Sheep wool and Angora Handloom.
Raghunath Temple: It is one of the famous deities of Kullu, dedicated to Lord Rama. It is believed that it was built by Raja Jagat Singh in the year of 1660 to apologize for his sins. He also sent his minister to Ayodhaya to get an idol of Rama and installed it in the temple.
Bijli Mahadev: The temple is situated 10 km from Kullu and can be accessed by a trek. It houses a Linga of Lord Shiva. It is a Vantage point which provides excellent view of the surroundings as it located at 60 feet high and top of the hill. It is believed that this temple gets divine blessings in the form of frequent lightening that is why called Bijli Dev. According to localities the ‘Lingam’ gets disintegrated once in twelve years following severe lightening. Shattered pieces are collected together by priest and glued together with butter collected from people. With the chatting of hymns, the process is completed. It solidifies and regains its previous shape.
Manikaran: It is 45 km from Kullu. Manikaran is famous for hot springs, adjacent to Parvati River which has chilled water. Water of the spring is too hot that even rice can be boiled. Hidus and Sikhs visit this place as there are temple of God Rama and Shiva adjacent to Gurudwara. Pilgrims take holy dip in the water. According to a legend, Parvati lost her ear ring which fell into the water. It was possessed by Shesh Nag. On continued protruding, he returned it but in anger caused a hot water spring from his nose.
Devta Narsingh: It is situated at Sultanpur and temple is dedicated to Narsingh.
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple: It is believed to be built by Pandavas of epic Mahabharat in the mid of 8th century A.D. A fine specimen of stone carvings and old structures can be seen here. It is situated at Bajaur near Kullu.
Raison: This is a famous camping site by River Beas on Kullu-Manali highway which provides perfect environment to sports lovers. It is run and maintained by Himachal Tourism. It is just 16 km from Kullu.
Vaishno Devi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Vaishno Devi, an incarnation of Durga. Idol of Mata is situated inside the cave.
Malana: The village is popular for having oldest democracy in the world and it retains its old customs and culture. There is a temple of Jamlu also. People of this village manage matters and affairs on their own. Tourists have to travel 28 km by bus and 20 km on foot.
Naggar: Situated on a wooded slope and a picturesque view the place is famous for Roerich art gallery which houses the famous paintings of Nicholas Roerich. It was capital of erstwhile Kullu around 1400 years ago.
Great Himalayan National Park:
It houses some virgin forests of alpine and other trees. Visitors can have a look on important wildlife species of Western Himalayas like, Musk deer, Goral ,Thar leopard, Snow leopard, Bharal, Serow Manal kalij, Koklas, Snow Cock, Tragopan. Trekking in Rakti Sar, alpine forests is memorable. For those who are interested in camping can take guidelines from forests department.
Kasol: it is a tourist attraction which provides panoramic views with solace to the visitors.
Manali: It derived its name from sage Manu who left his ark to recreate human life here. It is also called honeymooning paradise. It is a beautiful hill station located at an altitude of 2050 meter from sea level in Beas River Valley.
Breathtakingly beautiful landscapes are main attractions here. The place has everything to offer to the tourists like snow capped hills, river that flows across the town, lush green meadows and cool and energizing environment. One can enjoy trekking in the mountains with sightseeing. It is also known for the apple as well other fruits orchards and beautiful fields.
It is also favorite spot of film industry as shoot for many hit films take place here.
Rohtang pass: It is an adventurous journey. It is 51 km from Manali and like a gateway to places like Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh. It is a vantage point from where one can have a bird eye view of glaciers, snow capped mountains and Chandra River which flows down the Lahaul Valley. It is popular among trekkers also.
Arjun Gufa: Situated at a secluded place, the cave is believed to be meditation place of Arjun. It is near Pirni village and 4km from Manali towards Naggar.
Vashisht hot water springs: The place is famous for temples of Vashisht Muni and Lord Rama. Tourists also visit this place to enjoy hot springs of water. There are separate tanks for ladies and gents to take bath.
Hidimba Temple: This is a must visit place for everyone. Temple is dedicated to goddess Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhima, a robust Pandav. The temple has Pagoda style top and wooden carvings. It has great archeological significance. The place preserves the footprints of Hidimba Devi in a cave. The beautiful motifs of animals are carved on the walls. It dates back to 1553.
Kullu Town is District Head Quarter of District Kullu in Himachal Pradesh
Hidimba Temple, Arjun Gufa, Rohtang pass, Great Himalayan National Park, Vaishno Devi Temple