Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Kullu (1220m) was once known as Kulanthpitha - `the
end of the habitable world`. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the
Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the
fabled `Silver Valley`.
Kullu got its first motorable access only after Independence. The long centuries of seclusion have however allowed the area to retain a considerable measure of its traditional charm. Here is the core of an intricate web of numerous valleys - each of which is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the other.
The `Silver Valley` has nature`s treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers on the high meadows. This wealth nestles by every tree in the splendid forests, it 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
Himalayan National Park
In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu committed a great wrong. To atone for the sin, he sent a senior courtier to Ayodhya for a statue of Lord Raghunath - Lord Rama. This temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh to house the image and even today, is greatly revered.
By the banks of the Beas -and on the Kullu-Manali highway - Himachal Tourism runs a camping site here. Ideal for a taste of adventure.
At 2692 m, this is a vantage point for a complete panorama of the Kullu area - snow peaks and valleys, meadows and forests, rivers and streams.
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Bajaura
One of the most charming temples in the Kullu valley, this is renowned for its intricate stone carvings
An open glade by the banks of the river Parvati. Clean white sand separates the lush green grass from the waters. A good spot for trout. Himachal Tourism has a Tourist Hut here.
For 1400 years this was the capital of Kullu. Its 16th century stone and wood castle is now a hotel run by Himachal Tourism. Here, a gallery houses the paintings of the Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich. Naggar also has three other old shrines.
When Dussehra celebrations come to an end in the rest of the country, they begin at Kullu. Over 600 local deities come to pay homage to Lord Raghunath. This is a time when the valley is at its colourful best.
Fishing and Adventure
The Kullu valley has numerous places for trout
fishing. These include Katrain, Raison, Kasol and Naggar, then along
the river Tirthan near Larji, in the Sainj Valley and in the Hurla
The valley is the nucleus of several trek routes. Some major ones are over the Chanderkhani Pass to Malana, over the Jalori Pass or Bashleo Pass to Shimla, and over the Pin Parvati Pass to Sarahan.
The river Beas offers excellent opportunities for white water rafting.
Shawls, local tweeds, rugs (`namdas`), foot wear (`pullan`), baskets, natural oils (almond and olive), caps.
The airport at Bhuntar is 10 km from Kullu, where taxis and buses are available.
By road, the distance from Delhi via Mandi is 530 km and from Shimla this is 240 km. From Delhi and Shimla, luxury buses ply to Kullu.
The closest narrow guage railhead is at Jogindemagar, 95 km from Kullu.