Kullu valley is perhaps the most delightful region in the western Himalayas. The valley spreads out its charm on either side of the upper reaches of the river Beas. Running north to south, the main river. The valley is only 80 km long and 2 km at its broadest, yet a fairly wide area is open to the visitors to enjoy the spectacle of variegated mountain scenery.
In the spring Kullu is at its most colorful with pink blossoms and white flowers while the higher slopes are aglow with gorgeous rhododendrons. By December, there is no greenery except the majestic pines and cedars in the forests. In winter the hillsides are flanked in white.
Situated on the banks of the Beas, Kullu, the headquarters of the district, serves as a nerve center of the valley and is the starting place for a number of treks. The deodar-fringed grassy huge maidan called Dhalpur, is a stage for many colorful fairs.
Places of interest in Kullu
The chief tourist interest of Kullu is the Raghunath Temple that worships Lord Ram, who is believed as one of the most important deities in the Hindu mythology and is the patron deity amongst the residents of Kullu valley. It was erected in the year 1660 by Raja Jagat Singh, the one-time ruler of Kullu, basically to make amends for his sins. He got an idol of Lord Ram from Ayodhya and founded it in this temple.
Jagannathi Devi Temple
At a distance of 3 km from Kullu is located the Jagannathi Devi Temple or the Bekhli temple in the village of Bekhli. Although it is a precipitous 1½ hour gradient leading to the temple, it provides an amazing view of Kullu which is worth the ascent.
Bijli Mahadev Temple
The Bijli Mahadev Temple is placed on a spur at an elevation of 2460 meters. As the name suggests, the temple is frequently struck by lightning. There is a 20 meter high staff projecting out of the shrine, which is said to catch lightening from the skies and destroy them below the Shivlingam (the symbol of Lord Shiva). Bijli Mahadev, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located across the river Beas, at some ten kilometers distance from Kullu. The temple offers a panoramic view of the Kullu valley and is worth visiting.
Manali is perhaps the most important town of the Kullu valley. It is located at the confluence of the river Beas and Manalsu at a distance of around 274 km from Shimla. The name Manali derives from that of Manu, the sage who is believed to have recreated human race on the earth after a massive flood destroyed it.
Manali instantly comes to the mind of all those people who are planning for the very first time, a vacation on the hills. Such is the beauty of Manali. The imposing Pir Panjal and Bara Banghal ranges give the town an awesome look. Adding more charm to it is the Beas river. You can come here and expect to spend some really beautiful moments in the lap of nature.
For those of you who wish to spend a funfilled or rather adventurous vacation, Manali, yet again, is the perfect choice. The Beas river allows you to enjoy rafting, canoeing and kayaking on its water. The ski slopes of Solang Nullah, Patalsu, Kothi, Marhi and the Rohtang Pass are amongst the best ones in the world. Solang Nullah also allows you to enjoy a bit of paragliding while the Rohtang Pass is ideal for trekking.