Hill stations

Kulu - Himachal Pradesh

Kulu, the Silver Valley is an untouched treasure trove of natural beauty, teeming with exquisite flowers, luscious fruits, charming brooks, verdant valleys, with pristine white mountains forming the backdrop to this breath - takingly gorgeous region.

What to See

Raghunath Temple:
In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh of Kulu is said to have committed a great wrong, to atone for which, he sent a courtier to Ayodhya for a statue of Lord Raghunath - Lord Rama. He built this temple to house the image, and the shrine went on to be a popular site of worship.

Bijli Mahadev Temple(14 km): Located at an altitude of 2460 m, this fascinating temple rests on a spur, that offers some splendid views. The remarkable feature of the shrine, is a high pole or staff that periodically draws lightning, which shatters the `Shivlinga' and scorches the building. Butter is, then, used as an adhesive by the priest to put the `linga' together again.

Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Bajaura (15 km): This temple is by far one of the most picturesque temples in the valley, and boasts of exquisite stone carvings.

Other temples : The Vaishno Devi temple (4 km), the Devi Jagannathi temple at Bekhli (5 km), and the Vishnu temple at Dayar (12 km) are some of the significant shrines around Kulu.

Kaisdhar (15 km): Kaisdhar is an idyllic meadow, embraced by lofty deodar trees.

Kasol (42 k ): Kasol, on the banks of the river Parvati, is another one of the many splendid spots that dot the Kulu valley, and offers ample opportunity for fishing trout.

Manikarna (45 km): Manikarna is located at an altitude of 1737 m, in the valley of the river Parvati. It derives its name from a legend according to which, Parvati, Lord Shiva's consort lost her earrings - manikarna - and recovered them at the site from which the sulphur springs arise. There is also a gurudwara in the area, and consequently, this spot is deemed sacred by both Hindus and Sikhs. There are also trek routes from here, that lead on to Pulga, Khirganga and Mantalai. Himachal Tourism runs Hotel Parvati at Manikarna.

Shoja (69 km): Shoja, at 2692 m, commands a brilliant panaromic view of the entire Kulu valley, in all its natural splendour.

Raison ( 13 km ): For the adventurous at heart, by the banks of the Beas, on the Kulu - Manali highway, is Raison, a good trekking site, where Himachal Tourism has established a camping base.

Nagar (23 km): Nagar was Kulu's erstwhile capital for 1400 years. The fact that its awesome 16th century castle, built of wood and stone, still stands intact, proves the earthquake - resistant properties of the local architectural style. The castle has now been converted into a hotel, under Himachal Tourism. Nagar also houses a gallery that showcases the splendid paintings of the famous Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich. The shrine of Jagati Pat, the pagoda - like shrine of the goddess Tripura Sundari, the shrines of Gaurishankar and Murlidhar, built in the shikhara style, are some of the major temples of the region. Facing the castle, is also a small temple dedicated to Narasimha, the leonine incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Adventure: The Kulu valley is the meeting - point of several trek - routes, mainly the routes from Chanderkhani Pass to Malana, over the Jalori Pass or Bashleo Pass to Simla and over the Pin Parvati Pass to Sarahan. The magnificent Beas also offers ample opportunities for some exciting white river rafting.

How to Get There


By air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar (50 km).

By rail: The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Jogindernagar (95 km)

By road: The distance from Delhi to Kulu via Mandi is 530 km, and from Simla the distance is 240 km. Luxury buses ply from Dehi and Simla to Kulu.



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