Kullu Tourism – Kullu Manali

Just like Manali, Kullu too is a land of temples. Only 4 kilometers from Dhalpur, you will come to a small cave in which an idol of Goddess Vaishno Devi is preserved. A drive of 45 kilometers from Kullu will take you to Manikaran. Manikaran is well known for its hot springs. The water here is hot enough to cook rice, vegetables and lentils in it. And yet thousands of people take a holy dip in these hot waters. This place is a celebrated pilgrimage spot for Hindus and Sikhs alike. A Gurudwara is sited here aside from Ramchandra and Shivaji temples. You will be informed of a myth here about Lord Shiva and his celestial bride, Parvati, who lost her ear ring at this place. This caused the water on the banks of Parvati River to turn blistering hot. The priests at the temple will narrate an exciting tale to you.

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A drive 10 kilometers across the Beas River from Kullu will bring you to Bijli Mahadev temple. If you have the inclination and fortitude to conquer a mountain, you will arrive at an exquisite temple with a 60 feet high staff. There is a belief that the staff draws the blessings of God via this staff in the form of lightening. On the main road, 15 kilometers south of Kullu in Bajaura, the famous temple of Baheshwar Mahadev has fine stone carvings and sculptures.

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Kullu is well known for several fishing spots in the vicinity. Banjar, which is 58 kilometers south of Kullu is a great place for trout fishing in the river Tirthan. There’s a charming little village called Larji where trout can be caught. This is 34 kilometers from Kullu. The sight of the rivers Sainj and Tirthan conjoining before it meets with the Beas is quite lovely. Kasol is situated on the banks of the Parvati River. The sand here is amazingly white.

Naggar was the capital of Kullu for almost 1400 years. The scenic beauty here is beyond compare. A great many temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, Sundari and Tripura are found here. There is a quaint old fort which has been built around a courtyard with verandahs facing stupendous views over the valley. Inside the courtyard there is a small temple containing a slab of stone with an intriguing legend about how it was carried there by wild bees.

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On the hill above the castle is the Roerich Gallery. This is a fine old house with exhibits of the artwork of both Professor Nicholas Roerich and his son.

Manali Tourism – Kullu Manali

There are numerous Hindu and Tibetan temples and monasteries in this area. 700 meters from Sarsai, at Dashal village you will come across Gauri Shankar Temple. This is a 12th century monument. You will find apple orchards here. There is a temple called the Manu Maharishi Temple at Old Manali, which is 3 kilometers from Manali. This place is distinguished by its old guesthouses and orchards. The ruins of an old fort known as Manaligarh also lie here. The most celebrated temple here is the Hidimba temple. This is an old temple in a cave and it is devoted to Hidimba Devi. Cedar forests enfold this temple at the foot of the Himalayas. A huge rock jutting out of the ground was venerated as the image of the deity. This was created in the year 1553. A Buddhist monastery that functions solely on charity from the locals and by garnering money selling carpets made at the workshop within the establishment.

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The topmost point on the Manali-Keylong road is called Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass is a popular place for tourists. Being as high as 13050 feet, this spot is cold even in summer. Set amid the peaks that reach out to the sky, this spot is like a gem set in a ring. You will find a small lake called Dassaur Lake in the vicinity. Rohtang Pass is closed in the winters due to heavy snowfall. About 16 kilometers from Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass is a most enchanting sight you will ever come across. Behold your eyes for you will see the most mesmerizing Rahalla Falls at a height of 2501 meters above sea level. Traveling 13 kilometers northwest from Manali will bring you to Solang Pass, which is also known as Snow Point. There is a 300 meter ski lift here. Snow topped mountains and impressive glaciers are the attractions here.

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Initially Jagatsukh was the capital of Manali. Here you will find a temple devoted to Gayatri Devi that was constructed by the Pandavas.

In the Parvati Valley, which is about 86 kilometers from Manali, is the charming Manikaran. The chilly waters of the Parvati River and hot water springs run in tandem, here.

There’s a charming little hamlet called Vashisht 3 kilometers from Manali. Natural sulphur springs will greet you here. These springs are known for their medicinal properties. Modern bathhouses have tapped into these springs for use in Turkish style showers. You will also see a pair of quaint old temples in Vashisht. Obviously these temples are dedicated to Maharishi Vashisht.

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Lord Brahma had dispatched seven sages or seven celestial teachers to this planet to offer direction to human beings for thousands of years. One of them was Rishi Vashist, who was the most gifted and astute of them all. For thousands of years he assisted as royal priest and advisor to several kings. Vashisht means great in the Sanskrit language. The rest of the Rishis and Gods too respected him. He was humble despite his vast knowledge. He could be considered a super sage or Brahmarishi.

Traveling to Kullu Manali

Kullu and Manali towns can be located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Kullu is derived from Kulanthpitha, which accurately means the end of the habitable world. Himachal Pradesh means an icy territory. The river Beas runs through Kullu Valley. The average height at which Kullu is situated is 4469 feet, while Manali can be found to the north of Kullu at an altitude of 6398 feet. These hill stations fall in the Himalayan ranges.

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Devotion ranks high in the town of Kullu. An idol of Lord Raghunathji had been moved from Ayodhya and established here in the 17th century by King Jagat Singh. He positioned the idol on his throne as atonement and ever since then it came to be known as the presiding deity of the valley. Valley of Gods is the title by which Kullu Valley is known. Dussehra is celebrated over a period of seven days here to commemorate Lord Ram’s triumph over the evil king Ravana. Dussehra could fall in the month of October or November.

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Manali was only a tiny town that was used as a trade route to Ladakh in the past. The trip to Ladakh began in Manali and continued with Karakoram Pass and Yarkand proceeding to Khotan in the Tarim Basin. Manali is deemed the home of the seven sages or Saptarishis as we call them in Hindi. Manali derives its name from Lord Manu, the Brahmin lawgiver. Manali means the abode of Manu. Manu is said to have alighted his ark in Manali so he could restore human life following a massive flood that had inundated the world. A temple dedicated to him called the Manu Maharishi is located in old Manali village. The Hindu scriptures believe Manu to be the first man in nature, and this temple to be the only one dedicated to him.

From the chronicles known, initially the valley was sparingly populated by the itinerant hunters called rakshas. Subsequently the shepherds arrived from the Kangra valley and took up agriculture over here. Kullu Valley has an exclusive caste called the naur and nar, which are believed to be the earliest inhabitants on this expanse. Later history acquaints us with the fact that the British brought in apples and trout to Manali. Even today most of the inhabitants survive on income from apples, plum and pear.

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There are several ways to get into Kullu and Manali. If you are approaching Kullu and Manali by road, there are several inter state and Himachal tourism buses and taxis to bring you in. From Delhi it takes approximately 18 hours to cover the distance of 550 kilometers. Buses can also be availed from Ambala, Dharamsala, Leh and Shimla. To get in by train, you have several choices. You could get off at Ambala cantonment, which is at a distance of 200 kilometers while Chandigarh is at a distance of 250 kilometers. From Ambala you need to take a bus that will take you 10 hours to arrive at Manali. Traveling by air is the best and most comfortable option as there is an airport at a town 10 kilometers from Kullu. It takes two hours to drive in. Several airlines offer services to Manali.

As far as shopping is concerned, there’s the usual assortment of knick knacks that one can get hold of. Souvenirs such name plates, key chains and other little things which could be etched with words of your choice. Sweaters, blankets and shawls in wool are good buys.

Map of Kullu Manali

Below is the map of Kullu and Manali, in Himachal Pradesh. Move the scroller towards “+” to zoom in and “-” to zoom out.
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The tag is only of Manali in this map, however, Kullu is very close so there was no point putting 2 maps.
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Kullu and Manali videos

Manali Hill Station

One of the best videos of Manali hill station! Manali’s cool atmosphere provides a perfect haven for the ones afflicted by the hot Indian summers. It is famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, para gliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. It also offers hot springs, spectacular religious shrines and temples, Tibetan Buddhist temples, and trekking in the surrounding mountains.

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Rohtang Pass

Beautiful scenery of Rohtang Pass covered in snow.

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Hadimba Devi Temple

Comment: They have a festival at hadimba every year, called kali mata, in which they whack off the heads of many lambs, chickens, a couple pigs and a buffalo. It all goes into the pot (except the buffalo) and is cooked by the locals from manali, vasisht, and dhungri.

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Vashisht Hot Springs

Vashisht was Lakshman’s Guru in our epic Ramayana. He used to live around this area. This village has abudant supply of hot water from the Sulphur springs. The entire foreign crowd seems to be halting here at Vashisht, Manali for its both warm and pious.

We will add some more videos soon.

Adventure sports in Kullu Manali

The much sort after sport at Manali is skiing. You can be kitted for skiing at the Solang Nullah during the winter months of January to March while in the summers the Rohtang La is good. The institute of Mountaineering at Solang Nullah is considered to be pretty good. They also offer courses in kayaking for those interested in this sport. You could go kayaking in the Beas River. One could also opt for Heli skiing at the deep snowfields.

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Hiking is very popular in this region as the climate is pleasant and the panorama adds to the joy. If you are here especially for the trekking then the best path would be to begin at Solang Valley and proceeding to Dhundhi, from where you go on to Dussar Lake and carry on to Manali. The vista on this route is beyond belief. The wholesome winds and the uncontaminated environment transcend the senses. Normally this trek would take 5 days or so.

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In Manali you can find several good hiking trails. Hiking up the 12 kilometers of the western banks of the Beas to the Solang Valley is remarkable. Another 6 kilometer hike Lama Dugh meadow up the Manalsu Nala in the western part of Manali town can be very refreshing.

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One could also experience paragliding on the slopes of the Solang Nullah during the summers. Travel agents could arrange a trip for you that would comprise of lodging, boarding, equipments and a guide.

If you are in the area of Pirdi, you can partake of rafting down the Beas but that would be wholly dependant on the season. This is a 16 kilometers stretch descending to a place called Jhiri.

Those who enjoy fishing can obtain daily permits from the HPTDC at Patikhul, Kasol, Katrain and Kasol in the Kullu Valley.