Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Kullu

Nearest City to Kullu: Shimla (215 Kms), Chandigarh (258 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Kullu: April to June & October to December

Peak Season: April to May & December

State: Himachal Pradesh | District: Kullu

Kullu Weather: Summer: Maximum - 22°C and Minimum - 13°C
Winter: Maximum - 10°C and Minimum - 2°C

At a distance of 40 km from Manali, 500 km from Delhi, 215 km from Shimla and 258 km from Chandigarh, Kullu is the capital town of Kullu district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in Kullu Valley at an altitude of 1230 meters. Kullu Manali is a top hill resort in Himachal Pradesh and one of the wellknown Himachal tourism destinations.

Kullu is a broad open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Larji. This valley is famous for its temples, beauty and its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards.

Kullu was earlier known as Kulant pith meaning 'the ending point of inhabitable world'. The beautiful valley is also mentioned in epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and Vishnu Purana. Chinese traveler Huien Tsang visited Kullu in 634 or 635 AD and described it as a region completely surrounded by mountains. The place had a stupa built by Asoka. In ancient days Kullu had several Buddhist monasteries. There were Hindu temples too and people of both faiths lived peacefully together.

Kullu valley is the largest valley in Kullu district. The Beas River runs through the middle of the valley. It is also called the 'Valley of the Gods' or 'Dev Bhumi'. It connects with the Lahaul and Spiti valleys via Rohtang Pass. Kullu was an ancient kingdom of hill states and it was ceded to the British in 1846 along with other trans-Sutlej states. The first motorable road was built here only after independence. Due to long years of isolation, this area was able to retain its traditional charm and beauty.

Kullu is also famous as a hotspot for adventure sports. Trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, paragliding and hiking over the Himalayan glaciers are some of the activities that Kullu offers. Angling is another activity enjoyed a lot by locals as well as tourists. Some of the famous tourist places in Kullu are Manikaran, Manali, Malana, Bijli Mahadev, Bhekhli, Bajaura, Kasol, Kheer Ganga, Kulant Pith, Katrain, Kangra and Great Himalayan National Park. Chandrakhani pass, Jalori Pass and Tirthan Valley are the other attractions in Kullu.

Kullu Manali Airport at Bhuntar in the nearest airport at a distance of 12 km from Kullu. Joginder Nagar is the nearest narrow gauge station at a distance of 105 km from Kullu. Chandigarh is the nearest major broad gauge station at a distance of 258 km. Kullu has a major bus station which has direct buses to Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Manali and Mandi.

Kullu Valley is well known for the seven day festival of Kullu Dussehra, a celebration of Avatar Lord Rama's victory over the evil king Ravana. The festival takes place in the months of October / November. The State government has accorded the status of International festival to the Kullu Dussehra, which attracts tourists in large numbers.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 01902
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Pahari, Punjabi, Kangri, English and Dogri
Major Festivals: Kullu Dussehra (Oct/Nov)
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HOW TO REACH KULLU


By Air

Nearest Airport: Kullu - Bhuntar Airport / Kullu Manali Airport (12 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Chandigarh (258 Kms)
Joginder Nagar Railway Station (105 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kullu Bus Station (0 Kms)

32 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN KULLU


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 0.5 km from Kullu Bus stand, Raghunathji Temple is situated in Sultanpur. Lord Raghunathji is the chief deity of Kullu region. This temple is situated at an elevation of 2050 m and offers amazing views of the surrounding region.

Dedicated to Lord Rama, this temple was built in the 17th century by Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu. The idol is said to be the same which was used by Lord Rama himself at the time of Ashwamedha Yagna and was brought from Tretnath temple of Ayodhya.

The pagoda-style temple is a beautiful example of Pahari architecture. The main deity of the temple is Lord Rama whose image is enshrined at the main prayer room in the temple. The temple is made of white marble and contains a beautiful vimana. The prime attraction of this temple is the idol of Lord Rama in his chariot. The temple is also known for its white pillars which are adorned with beautiful intricate engravings.

According to the folklore, Raja Jagat Singh was held responsible .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 10 km from Kullu Bus stand, 12 km from Naggar and 31 km from Manali, Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery is located in Kais village of Kullu District. It is also known as Kais Monastery.

This monastery was inaugurated during the month of May in the year 2005 by the great Noble laureate and his Holiness Dalai Lama. This Monastery is located near the left bank of Beas River. The picturesque view of the valleys which are surrounding the place make it an appealing destination.

The monastery gives a magical look and it has been strongly dedicated to Dalai Lama. The Dhakpo Monastery systemized with the traditional reasoning and scriptures of the master and disciple, the great pioneers of Buddha Dharma. The monastery serves as a boarding school and university for the study of Buddhist philosophy. This monastery houses several Tibetan monks. This Monastery has a huge prayer hall with a huge Buddha statue.

Every year in the month of August His Highness Dhakpo Rinpochhe .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 13.5 km from Kullu, 14 km from Naggar and 27 km from Manali, Raison is a small cluster of villages on the banks of Beas River which has vast camping grounds maintained by Himachal Pradesh Tourism. It is one of the top adventure destination in Himachal and also a top rafting destination in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Rafting in Raison is one of the top things to do in Kullu & Manali.

Situated at an altitude of 1433 m, Raison is well known for its camping sites and white-water river rafting. Numerous apple orchards and fruit gardens of plums and apricots add to the natural beauty of the place. Apart from the nature, Raison is famous for adventure activities like rafting, trekking, mountain climbing and river crossing etc.

By the end of the winter season, in the month of March, the whole region becomes colorful with blooming flowers. This place is also famous as rural centre of AIIMS where summer camps for various .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 20 km from Manali Bus Stand and 22 km from the Kullu Bus Stand, The Naggar Castle is a famous castle located in Naggar. It is one of the best places to visit in Manali. The Castle overlooks the Kullu Valley. From the castle one could see the far off snow-covered peaks, the delightful Beas valley below and the lush green hill sides dotted with apple orchards.

The Naggar Castle is a magnificent historical structure. The castle was built by Raja Sidhi Singh in 1460 AD in an impressive combination of European and Himalayan architecture. The castle has traditional architecture called Kathkooni, which uses a combination of stones and wooden beams.

The Naggar Castle was used as a Royal residence and state head quarter until the British took over the whole Kangra and Kullu from Sikh's in 1846. Raja Gyan Singh sold it to the first assistant commissioner, Major Hay for a Gun. The northern wing of the castle was later converted .....

Distance (From Kullu): 22 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kullu - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Adventure / Trekking | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 26 km from Kullu, 3 km from Chansari Bus Stand and 60 km from Manali, Bijli Mahadev temple is one of the sacred temples of Himachal Pradesh state. It is located at an altitude of about 2,460 m in Kullu Valley.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Bijli Mahadev temple is situated on Mathan Hill and is surrounded by Parvati, Garsa, Bhuntar and Kullu hills. Trek to Bijli Mahadev is one of the best short treks in Himachal. The temple is renowned for its 60 feet high flagpole that sparkles like silver needle in the sunlight. This high structure draws divine blessings in the form of lightening and it is said that with every flash of lightening, the Shiva Linga is shattered to pieces. The broken pieces of the Shiva Linga were bound together by the temple priest using butter and Sattoo (a paste of roasted gram and wheat powder). This activity repeats itself once every year. It is due to this legend that the temple is named as Bijli (lightening) .....


Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 42 km from Kullu, 61 km from Naggar and 80 km from Manali, Manikaran is located in Parvati Valley between the rivers Beas and Parvati in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It lies at an altitude of 1760 m. Manikaran is famous for hot water springs, Ramchandra Temple and a Gurudwara. It is a top pilgrimage site and among the best Kullu & Manali tourist places.

According to legend, Manikaran is associated with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Once while roaming through the valley, Shiva and Parvati came across the place called Manikaran and they decided to stay for some time. During their stay here, Goddess Parvati lost her Mani (precious stones) in the waters of a stream. Upset over the loss, she asked Shiva to retrieve it. Lord Shiva commanded his attendant to find the Mani for Parvati. However, when they failed he was extremely angry. He opened his third eye. An appeal was made before the serpent god, Sheshnag, to .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 48 km from Kullu, 29 km from Manikaran and 88 km from Manali, Jamula Temple is located in Malana village in Parvati valley. Malana is believed to be founded by descendents of Alexander the Great's Army.

The Jamula Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to a sage called Jamula Rishi. In ancient days, a sage named Jamlu Rishi lived in Malana. It is believed that the rules and regulations made by Sage Jamlu are still followed by the local people of this village, who belong to Gaddi tribe. They worship Jamlu Rishi as Jamlu Devta, a powerful deity. Visitors are requested not to touch the walls, houses in Malana as people here believe that it will make the place impure. Legend says that the sage was in search of a proper place to meditate. During his search, he carried a bag of 18 pictures of different gods with him. At some point in his hunt, the pictures fell from his bag and spread all across the Beas Valley. The 18 different places, where the pictures supposedly fell, .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 64 km from Kullu, 56 km from Bhuntar, 22 km from Manikaran and 102 km from Manali, Khir Ganga is a small village situated in Parvati Valley situated at an altitude of 3050 m. It has to be reached from Barsheni by 11 km trek and usually a 2 day trip from Kullu / Barsheni. Khir Ganga is one of the best trekking sites in Himachal Pradesh.

Khir Ganga is a holy place with a hot water spring. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. According to legend, Kartikeya the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati meditated for a thousand years at Khir Ganga making it an important religious place for Hindus.
Kheer Ganga or Khir Ganga name came due to the milky waters of the Parvati River flowing into Parvati valley. The valley is very abundant in water resources and a Hydel Power Project is coming up in the village of Barsheni.

Kheer Ganga trek starts from the village Barsheni which is reachable from Manikaran. From Barsheni about 11 km trek is needed .....


Adventure / Trekking | Wildlife | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 70 km from Kullu, 75 km from Mandi and 105 km from Manali, Tirthan Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is located inside the Great Himalayan National Park and it has to be reached from Gushani by trek. Tirthan Valley is one of the best trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the four valleys situated in the GHNP. Gushaini is the entry point to start trekking into Tirthan valley.

Thirthan Valley has several trekking trails ranging from one day to 8 days starting from Gushani with distance varying between 10 to 60 km (round trip). Tirthan valley derives its name from Tirthan River, which originates from glaciers of Himalayas. The Tirthan River is abundant of trout fish. The valley is situated at an altitude of 1600 m. The area is known for the Trout fishing and access to Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP).
River Tirthan originates in the Great Himalayan National Park and meets with River Parvati at Larji near Banjar .....


Adventure / Trekking | Wildlife | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 75 km from Kullu, 63 km from Bhuntar, 113 km from Manali and 14 km from Gushaini, The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is spread across Parvati valley, Thirthan valley, Sainj valley & Jiwa Nal valley of Kullu region. In June 2014, the Park was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Great Himalayan National Park is one of best national parks in India and also one of the best Places to visit in Himachal state. The park was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 754 sq km at an altitude varying between 1500 to 6000 m. GHNP was formally declared a national park in 1999. The GHNP is situated adjacent Pin Valley National Park, Rupi-Bhaba Wildlife Sanctuary and the Tirthan and Sainj Wildlife Sanctuaries, making it one of the biggest areas for wildlife conservation in the whole Himalayan range.

The Park is habitat to numerous flora and more than 375 fauna .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 0.5 km from Kullu Bus stand, Sultanpur Palace is a popular attraction in Kullu located at distance of 100 m from Raghunathji Temple.

The Sultanpur Palace was formerly called the Rupi Palace, which was originally built by Raja Jagat Singh in the year 1660. This beautiful palace was reconstructed near the old palace after it got destroyed by a massive earthquake in 1905. The architecture of the Palace is simple with a mixture of Pahari and colonial styles. Huge wooden logs were used to construct the massive gates that lead to the entrance of the palace. The interior of the palace is remarkable and the palace has some beautiful wall paintings that are well-preserved.

The Sultanpur palace is famous for its attractive miniature paintings in Kullu style. This Palace houses large number of miniature paintings. The style of paintings is based on scenic designs and rural backgrounds without any human element included in them. The Sultanpur palace is the residence of .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3.5 km from Kullu, 36.5 km from Manali and 19 km from Naggar, Mata Vaishno Maha Devi Tirth is located on Kullu-Manali National Highway No. 21.

Mahadevi Tirth named after Goddess Parvati is situated on the banks of Beas River. A small cave here enshrines an idol of goddess Vaishno Devi. An idol of Goddess Durga is installed here. This magnificent temple was built in the year 1966 by a saint named Swami Sewak Das Ji Maharaj. The foundation of Mahadevi Tirth was laid in 1962 when Swami Sewak Das ji Maharaj in search of eternal peace came to this place and found Mahadevi's abode in the mountains.

After Swami Sewak Das ji's death, Vaishno Devi Temple is managed by Sharda Sewa Sungh. A Lord Shiva Temple is also present in the complex. The management runs a free langar and a saraye for pilgrims to stay overnight. The surroundings radiate a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

The River Beas flowing by the side of the Vaishno Devi temple is an added attraction. .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 10 km from Kullu Bus stand, 20 km from Bhuntar and 46 km from Manali, Jagannathi Temple is situated at Bhekhli. The temple offers panoramic view of beautiful Kullu valley and River Beas.

Bekhli Temple or the Jagannathi Devi Temple is one of the famous temples of Kullu region. This temple is located at a height of 1800 m from the sea level. As per archeological experts, this temple is almost 1500 years old. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhuvaneshwari who is the fifth aspect of Goddess Shakti. Local people visit this temple regularly to take blessings of Bhuvaneshwari Devi. The temple houses beautiful carvings of different avatars of goddess Durga.

According to the Legend, one day a Shepherd boy accidentally noticed that two girls are dancing on his flute tune which was really magical. He followed them and managed to catch one of them. The girl whom the boy caught was none other than Bhuvaneshwari Devi. The goddess revealed her identity and agreed to settle in the .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 14 km from Kullu Bus Stand, 5 km from Bhuntar and 53 km from Manali, Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara Monastery is situated in Sarabai Village. The mother monastery of this Mahaviahara gompa lies in Tibet, the great Druk Choekhorling Gompa of Lhasa. The monastery is said to be built in the 16th Century.

The vision of Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara is to preserve and promote the Tibetan cultures and traditions, and the sublime teachings of Lord Buddha in this part of world where its survival is under increasing pressure. The monastery is located atop the hilltop that offers a commanding view of the Valley of Kullu. Overlooking Himalayan ranges covered with snow make this place a beautiful spot. A little walk uphill and one can even catch a glimpse of the majestic Bijli Mahadev Temple.

Kullu valley is considered to be one of the 24 holy places of Chakrasamvara and it was visited by Guru Padmasambhava and many other great Mahasiddhas. The construction of current structure .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 16 km from Kullu Bus stand, 4 km from Kullu - Manali Airport at Bhuntar and 54 km from Manali, Basheshwar Mahadev Temple is located in the village of Bajaura on National Highway 21.

Basheshwar Mahadev Temple is considered to be the largest stone temple in Kullu Valley. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is also known as Visweshvara Mahadev Temple. This ancient temple is said to be built in 8th century. Situated on the banks of River Beas, the temple houses a large Yoni Lingam, representing Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati.

Basheshwar Mahadev Temple was built in Pahari style. This Temple is famous for exquisite stone carvings, sculptures, and flat shikharas. The exteriors of the temple are sculptured with floral designs while the interiors are decorated with fine carvings on stone. This complex also houses various small shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. Devotees can also visit the three sided temple, which is just .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 20 km from Manali Bus Stand and 22 km from Kullu Bus Stand, The Gauri Shankar Temple is located near Naggar Bus Stand.

The temple of Gauri Shankar is situated immediately below the Naggar Castle in Naggar. Dating back to 12th century AD, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be the last monument of the Gurjara-Pratihara traditions. This Shiva temple is a protected monument.
The temple is famous for its splendid Shikhara Style architecture. The temple features a dome shaped top while the base is present in square shape. It has simple Shikhara having nine storeys and decorated with ardharatna motifs and ornamentations.

Gauri Shankar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and famous for stone carvings. The idols of Gauri and Shankar are set up on the pedestal, seated over Nandi. The garbagriha is decorated with beautiful carvings of images of Lord Ganesh, various people playing different musical instruments and also with the carvings .....

Distance (From Kullu): 22 Kms
Trip Duration (From Naggar Castle - Including Travel): 30 Mins
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 21 km from Manali Bus Stand, 1 km from Naggar Bus stand and 23 km from Kullu Bus Stand, The Tripura Sundari Temple is located in Naggar.

The Tripura Sundari Temple is one of such temples that are of great historic importance in Himachal. The temple stands as a massive wooden structure, exhibiting the local architecture and art of carving. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Tripura Sundari. The idol of goddess is enshrined in the temple with 21 masks.

This temple is a Pagoda style temple made of deodar wood. The temple has a great resemblance with the Hidimba Devi temple of Manali. The top of this three-tiered temple is circular with a pinnacle crowned by a Chhatra. The two lower storeys are characteristically divided by squat wooden pillars.

The temple was constructed by Raja Yashodhapal. There is a belief that the temple is in a form of a web, which was made by the Goddess after turning herself into a spider. There are the stone idols of Lord Brahma, .....

Distance (From Kullu): 23 Kms
Trip Duration (From Naggar Castle (500 m) - Including Travel): 30 Mins
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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 21 km from Manali Bus Stand, 23 km from Kullu and 10 km from Prini Village, Arjun Gufa (Arjuna's Cave) is located towards Naggar and is based on the left bank of Beas river. The nearest village to Arjun Gufa is Prini and this village is largely known for its natural beauty. It is very close to Naggar Castle.

Arjun Gufa has become a major tourist attraction in the region, owing to its splendid beauty and the legend associated with it. The Arjun Gufa is linked to the legend of Mahabharata. It is said that Arjuna, the great Pandava warrior from the Indian epic Mahabharata meditated in this place. Impressed by Arjuna's devotion Lord Indra gave him the most powerful weapon 'Pashupat Astra'. Because of this belief the Arjuna Gufa or the Cave of Arjuna got its name.

The Kunt Bhayo lake and Kunti Mata temple are also located close to Arjun Gufa, at a distance of 2 km. The Arjun Gufa is among the most remarkable tourist spots in Manali. The stunning views of hills .....

Distance (From Kullu): 23 Kms
Trip Duration (From Naggar Castle (650 m) - Including Travel): 1 Hour
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Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 21.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, 23.5 km from Kullu, 1.5 km from Naggar Castle, The Nicholas Roerich Museum is one of the prominent museums in and around Manali.

Nicholas Roerich is a Russian artist arrived in the Himalayas after the revolution of 1917, where he died in the year 1947. He married to Helena Roerich and famous Indian actor Devika Rani is his daughter in law.

The Nicholas Roerich art gallery was founded in 1962 by Svyetoslav Roerich, son of Nicholas Roerich. The building that now houses the gallery once served as the residence of Nicholas Roerich. Himachal Pradesh Government and Russian Government have formed a trust to run this art gallery as the Roerich Heritage Museum.
Paintings of Kullu, Spiti and Lahaul made by the painter have been housed in the ground floor of the gallery. A great number of his works are preserved in museums all over the world. Most of the paintings show the beauty of ice covered valleys and peaks during early hours of .....

Distance (From Kullu): 23.5 Kms
Trip Duration (From Naggar Castle (1.5 km) - Including Travel): 1 Hour
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Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 21.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, 23.5 from kullu and 1.5 km from Naggar Castle, The Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art Museum is situated 100 m uphill from Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery within the same estate at Naggar.

Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art Museum was established in 1928 as Research Institute. The intention behind the foundation of this tribal and folk art museum was to provide a place of study and research on the traditional Indian and Tibetan medicines and the history and the ethos of the Himalayan region.

It was renamed as Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art Museum in 1993. The word 'Uruswati' has been taken from Sanskrit and it means 'Light of the Morning Star'. This Museum is one of the best tourist places of Manali which will guide you about the traditions and cultures of this historically rich place.

The main attractions of the Uruswati Himalayan Folk Art Museum are local folk art, costumes, original paintings of Roerich and those of his Russian followers. .....

Distance (From Kullu): 23.5 Kms
Trip Duration (From Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery (100 m) - Including Travel): 30 Mins
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Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 25 km from Kullu, 7 km from Naggar and 20 km from Manali, Katrain is a village in Naggar Tehsil in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.

Katrain is also known for being the widest point in the Kullu Valley. The view of the Beas River from Katrain is quite beautiful. The Baragarh peak towering at 3,325 meter overlooks the valley of Katrain. It acts as a base camp to visit other nearby places like Kasol, Larji, Arjuna Cave and the Basheshwar Mahadev temple. Other tourist attraction is the fruit plantations and apple orchards that abound the area.

The Katrain village offers some best spots for trout fishing. The water in the area is crystal clear. Fishing lovers would find both the Brown and Rainbow Trout in this area. The upstream regions of Himachal are well known for the abundance and availability of these two sport fish. Permission is required for fishing at Katrain from the government department. Permit for Trout fishing is only for using the rod and line .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 32 km from Manali Bus Stand, 33.5 km from Kullu Bus Stand and 12 km from Naggar, Jana Falls is a beautiful natural waterfall inside a small village known as Jana.

The Jana Falls is surrounded by deodar trees, pine trees, apple orchards and spectacular snow-covered mountain peaks; this fall is a charming picnic spot. The first sight of the falls is quite hidden and will be a surprise for the visitor as the water unexpectedly rushes from a cluster of rocks overlooking a wooden bridge.

You can also enjoy a refreshing bath at this falls or you can even leisurely swim in the small pool of this falls. One can trek up the hill to reach the top of the hill which provides a better view of the waterfall and its lovely surroundings. The short trek up the hill is fairly easy.

The falls can also be reached by a short drive from Naggar. After reaching the location one has to trek for about 10-15 minutes from nearest road point. The road towards Jana waterfalls is .....

Distance (From Kullu): 33.5 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kullu - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Adventure / Trekking | Hill Station | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 38 km from Kullu, 30 km from Bhuntar, 4 km from Manikaran and 76 km from Manali, Kasol is a small village in Parvati Valley of Kullu district and is situated at an altitude of 1640 m above the sea level.

Kasol is a picturesque village with traditional wooden houses having slanted stone roofs. It is also the base for several popular trekking trails in Himachal state. The place is dotted with small orchards of apple, plum, peaches, pears, apricot and almonds. A mountain stream called Grahan Nallah divides the village into two parts. This stream flows into Parvati River.

Kasol is a favorite tourist destination especially for Israelis. Thousands of Israelis visit this region every year and stay for months. Frequented by tourists and hippies, Kasol has everything from Reggae Bars to Internet Cafes and cheap guest-houses. Kasol is an ideal destination for backpackers, trekkers and nature enthusiasts due to its scenic .....


Hill Station

At a distance of 40 km from Kullu, 255 km from Shimla, 545 km from Delhi and 295 km from Chandigarh, Manali is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located at an altitude of 2050 meters and is spread along the banks of the river Beas. Kullu Manali is one of the top hill stations in India and also the most beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh and also one of the top tourist places to experince Himachal Pradesh tourism.

Manali is renowned for its snow-covered mountains, scenic beauty, history and culture. It is often referred to as the 'Valley of the Gods'. Manali is named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu. The word Manali is derived from Manavalaya meaning the abode of Manu or 'Home of Manu'. According to the .....

Distance (From Kullu): 40 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kullu - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 41 km from Kullu, 30 km from Mandi and 80 km from Manali, Hanogi Mata Temple is a well known religious centre of Kullu that lies on the Mandi-Manali National Highway 3.

The temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Hango Mata. The location of this temple is quite picturesque as it is positioned on the top of a small peak; green mountains serve as a backdrop for the temple and a stream flowing below makes this temple a stunning attraction.

Not only religious belief allures the tourists to this place but its great location is also one of the reasons for catching the attention of visitors. The view from temple is really very scenic and marvelous.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 50 km from Kullu, 20 km from Mandi and 88 km from Manali, Pandoh Dam is an embankment dam on the Beas River in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.

The dam was completed in 1977 and the primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation. Managed by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), this dam diverts the water of Beas river through a 38 km long canals and tunnels. Having an elevation of 70 to 80 m, the reservoir of the dam has five bays that regulate water. Pandoh Lake is the reservoir of the dam. The dam water is used for power generation at the Dehar Power House, before being discharged into River Sutlej. The power house has an installed capacity of 990 megawatts.

The dam is set amidst the picturesque hills, dotted with dense woods and the place offers a wonderful opportunity to capture some breath-taking scenes. Swimming and boating are not allowed here due to security reasons. The site is one of the best places for camping and picnic in .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 60 km from Kullu, 65 km from Mandi and 6.5 km from Banjar, Shringa Rishi Temple is situated at Baggi village in Banjar valley.

The Shringa Rishi Temple (or Shringi Rishi Temple) is an important religious center for the locals. The temple of Shringi Rishi is considered very sacred by locals and they believe that this deity is one which protects them. Shringi Rishi is one among the eighteen chief deities of Kullu valley.

This temple is dedicated to sage Rishyasringa, who was the legendary saint of Kashyapa's lineage. Shringi Rishi was great saint of the Ramayana era and his father was saint Vibhandak Rishi. Shringi Rishi performed Putrakameshti Yagna for King Dashrath of Ayodhya, after that Lord Rama and his three brothers were born. Shringi Rishi is the ruling deity of Banjar valley. Here Rishi is popularly known as Skirni Deo. This temple has been reconstructed in 2008.

Once a year, in the month of May, thousands .....


Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 60 km from Kullu, 7 km from Banjar and 66 km from Mandi, Chehni Kothi is situated at Chehni village of Banjar valley in Kullu Manali. Chehni is also famous for its twin tower temples.

Chehni Kothi is a 1500 years old structure and it was the fortified residence of King Raja Rana Dhadhia. Chehni is 57 km from Kullu by road followed by 3 km uphill trek. The fort was partially damaged during earthquake in 1905. At present the fort is 60 feet high. A restoration program carried out by the locals helped in the restoration of this temple.

The tower temple of Chehni is the tallest standing structure of its kind in Western Himalayas. The Bhagwati temple more popularly known as Chehni tower is nine tier structure with four storeys of stone structure holding the top five tiers of the temple. A wooden staircase is fixed near the entrance, which can be used to reach the upper levels of the temple. A projected balcony, 12 meters above the ground, serves as the intermediate .....


Adventure / Trekking | Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 65 km from Kullu, 51 km from Mandi and 103 km from Manali, Prashar Lake is a beautiful lake situated at an altitude of 2730 m in Mandi district.

Prashar Lake with blue and clear waters is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. It is one of the top trails for trekking in Himachal Pradesh. An interesting thing about Parashar Lake is its floating circular island that keeps changing its position. This lake is fed by small mountain streams. Along the lake is a three storied temple dedicated to sage Prashar. Parashar is said to be the grandson of famous sage Vashishta. Locally known as Deu Padasar, it is said Parashar came to this spot and struck his axe, leading to water springing out of the ground. This water spring later filled the bowl like depression in the ridge to form what is currently known as Parashar Lake. Bansen, the King of Mandi built this temple in 14th century. The temple is in pagoda style with elaborate carvings of .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 68 km from Kullu, 15 km from Banjar and 5 km from Jalori Pass, Shoja is a beautiful village situated in less known Seraj valley.

Shoja is situated at an altitude of 2368 m in the inner Seraj region just below Jalori Pass that marks the southern limit of the Kullu valley. Located close to the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), the village offers some breathtaking views of the Tirthan valley below.

Shoja is located 5 km down Jalori Pass and remains relatively undisturbed as it is a little away from the popular tourist tracks leading to Shimla or Kullu. The place is an ideal retreat and is best visited to just relax and watch the lush green forests. June is the best time to visit when the iris flowers are in full bloom and the whole valley turns blue.

The Sareolsar Lake, Raghupur Fort, Waterfall Point, Jalori Pass and Tirthan Valley are the few tourist attractions around Shoja. The Jalori pass is popular for its vigorous metal road that connects Shoja .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 73 km from Kullu, 79 km from Mandi, 20 km from Banjar and 5 km from Shoja, Jalori Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 10,800 ft above the sea level, situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.

Jalori Pass is one of the favorite places for trekkers, bike riders and adventure lovers. It comes on the way to Banjar Mountain ranges of Himalayas. Mahakali temple known as Jalori Mata is a famous place visited by thousands of devotees. The area of Jalori Pass is a natural paradise to find the seasonal blossoms along with bountiful of flora and fauna amidst the pristine solitude of the highlands.

Jalori Pass is the starting point for two easy but interesting treks which makes it a worthwhile place to visit. One is Sareolsar Lake trek. A 5 km trek from the top of Jalori pass brings on to the tranquil surrounding of Sareolsar Lake whose unpolluted water is crystal clear. This lake is tranquil and known for being the seat of local goddess Budhi Nagin. .....


Adventure / Trekking | Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 78 km from Kullu, 84 km from Mandi, 25 km from Banjar and 10 km from Shoja, Serolsar Lake is a beautiful lake situated at a distance of around 5 km from the Jalori pass. This lake can be reached by a trek from Shoja or Jalori Pass.

Serolsar Lake is located at an altitude of 3199 m. It is surrounded by thick vegetation of alpine forests. There is a myth that even if a small leaf falls into the Lake the birds around takes them out of the lake and keeps the water crystal clear. The water of the lake is believed to have medicinal properties.

The Lake has a narrow walking track lined up with thick tall trees on the outer side. On one side of the Lake is a small temple of Buddha Nagini. The devotees worship and offer ghee to the deity. It is said that the lake is very deep and that Budhi Nagin herself lived in a golden palace at the bottom of the lake.

The trek from Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake is a 5 km one way and takes about 2 hrs. The trek starts from .....

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