The Silver Valley has nature’s treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers. This wealth nestles by every tree in the splendid forests, bursts forth in the blooms and in the fruit of every orchard. Here are riches which cannot be measured and echo down the ages with the words of every myth and ancient legend and glow in the warm smiles of its gentle people. There is pleasure in every step you take in these enchanted valleys and in every gurgle you hear in the clear mountain streams.
Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
The Pleasant temperature in summer and cold below 0 o C with heavy snowfall in winter.
Visiting Season: March to June for relaxation and visiting the places of sight-seeing and enjoy short and long excursions as well as climbing and river rafting.
Rainy Season: July and August.
Autumn: September to November for trekking, climbing, sight-seeing and river rafting.
Winter: December to February- snow-skiing and heli-skiing in Manali and above.
Clothing: Cotton and tropical in summer and heavy woolen in winter.
Where to stay: Kullu has accommodation to suit most types of budgets and tastes.
HPTDC guest houses provide a comfortable stay at reasonable prices. Details are available from local tourist offices
By Rail: Nearest convenient rail heads are Kiratpur and Chandigarh on Broad Gauge and Jogindernagar on Narrow Gauge from where Kullu can be reached by road.
By Air: Kullu is connected by Indian Airlines and Air Deccan with Delhi & Shimla. The airport is at Bhuntar, 10km from Kullu.
How To Get Around: Local buses operate regularly. Taxis are also available
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- Enjoy river rafting in river Beas.
- Have an unforgettable trekking experience at Rakti-Sar, origin of Sainj river and camping in alpine pastures. Similar is the trekking route to Tirath the origin of Tirthan River, Great Himalayan National Park.
- Enjoy photography at Kaisdhar.
- Go Trout Fishing in Banjar.
- Enjoy at one of the best holiday destinations, Kasol.
- Buy Fresh Apples and Honey from Katrain.
- Have fun camping at Raison.
It is a week long international level fair held every year during October. The International Kullu Dussehra fair is scheduled to be held in October, 2014 at Kullu. The major attraction of the fair was the assembly of hundreds of local deities with the main deity Raghunath ji. Other activities like cultural programmes, exhibitions were also organized.
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Great Himalayan National Park
The National Park with an area of 754 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and has the representative area of temperate and alpine forests of Himachal. It has some the virgin coniferous forests of the State. Vast areas of alpine pastures and glaciers cap this park. This area has many important wildlife species of Western Himalayas, like Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Thar, Leopard, Snow leopard, Bharal, Serow, Monal, Kalij, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow cock etc.
Famous for its hot springs, travellers down the centuries have been attracted to Manikaran. This very scenic locale besides Parvati river is only 45 kms from Kullu. Manikaran is also the base for several challenging treks in the region and views of mountain and Parvati river from here are spectacular. Native folklore tells the story of Lord Shiva relaxing with his consort Parvati by the river here when the goddess lost her ear rings. Shesh Naag (serpent king), lord of the underworld, took possession and refused to return them. A furious Shiva, opened his third eye to burn a hole in the earth and force the serpent to return the jewellery. Hot water gushes out from the places where the lord vent his fury on Shesh Nag, so believe the natives. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Rama and an older temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Manikaran. The old temple is tilted because a powerful earthquake struck the region in 1905. Sikh tradition holds that Guru Nanak with his disciple Bhai Mardana visited Manikaran in the year 1574. To commemorate the visit, a Gurudwara on the bank of River Parvati has been built near a hot water spring.
Riding in a ratha (a wheeled chariot), the Raghunath idol is brought out on Dussehra to mark the start of a week-long festival. Carried in palanquins by barefoot villagers from far off places in the valley, more than 300 Devta’s do assemble at Dhalpur ground to receive the hand pulled chariot of Raghunath. In the evening cultural evenings are held where international troupes put up performances. The Kullu Dusherra has been accorded an international festival status.
About 70 kms from Kullu, at an altitude of 2692 meters is Shoja, a very scenic spot with great views in a rural setting. Shoja is also a base for treks to Jalori Pass, Khanag, Pana, Takrasi and Sareolsar Lake.
At a distance of 58 km south of Kullu, Banjar is an excellent spot for trout fishing in the waters of river Tirthan.
A high meadow fringed by deodar trees.
Close to the temple at Sultanpur is the Rupi Palace which is used as a residence by the erstwhile royal family of Kullu. The palace is adorned with fine wood carving and the interiors contain a good collection of Pahari miniature paintings that are characterized by simple rural scenes with lack of human subjects.
Bishweshwar Mahadev Temple, Bajaura
Aesthetically designed, this 9th century protected temple in stone was built by Raja Shyam Sen of Mandi. The pyramidal Bishweshwar Mahadev temple encompasses Shankracharya’s Panch Dev Puja Padhati, where five gods are worshipped at one place. Just 15 Km from Kullu, the beautiful temple is visible from the main highway and is idyllically placed in a plain between the road and River Beas.
Bijli Mahadev Temple
At a commanding elevation of 2460 meters, the Bijli Mahadev temple is just 14 km south-east of Kullu. The last 3 km to the temple from Mansari village is an uphill trek. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple houses a natures wonder. A towering stone slab, representative of a Shiva Linga here is shattered each time lightning strikes in the area for one bolt invariable hits the miracle slab. The stone column is resurrected each time by the temple priest. Located on a ridge, the wide view from here spreads out over Kullu and Manikaran valleys. Palani Falls, a popular picnic spot, is just 6 kms from Bijli Mahadev temple.
Situated on the bank of Parvati River, Kasol makes a good holiday destination. 42 km from Kullu charmingly located on an open space which slopes down to the broad expanse of clear white sand at the Parvati River. The place is well known for trout fishing.
The central and the widest part of the valley, Katrain (1463 m) is 20 km from Kullu on way to Manali. Apple orchards and trout hatchery lend charm and prominence to the place. It is also famous for bee keeping and Govt. trout farm at Patilkulh.
16 km Away from Kullu, the sight is ideal for spending a quite holiday in solitary splendor and for holding youth camps. There are a large number of orchards in this part of the valley. Devi-ri-kothi and mul Kihar are now preserved in the museum.