Known as the ‘Valley of Gods’, Kullu is a cluster of beautiful valleys in Himachal Pradesh. Located between the majestic Himalayas and river Beas, Kullu is situated at an altitude of 1230 meters.
Kullu, along with Manali, are favourite hill stations with tourists especially honeymooners. Its scenic views, snow-clad mountains, towering Deodar jungles, rivers and apple orchards attracts Bollywood filmmakers too.
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.
Kullu is perfect for mountaineering. For beginners, the Beas Kund region, Hanuman Tibba and Deo Tibba are the ideal places. Kullu serves as an excellent site for aero-sports lovers.
Most of the trekking trails are situated beyond the Rohtang Pass in the valleys of Spiti, Lahaul, Zanskar and Ladakh. Expeditions for up to 10-12 days are organized in this area.
Kullu was earlier known as Kulanthpitha, meaning ‘the ending point of inhabitable world’. The beautiful valley is also mentioned in epics like Ramayana, Mahabarata and Vishnu Purana.
Chinese traveller Xuanzang or 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 Ashoka.
The stupa was taken away by Mughal king and installed in Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi. In days of yore, Kullu had several Buddhist monasteries. There were Hindu temples too and people of both faiths lived peacefully together. Both Buddhist and Hindus inhabited the caves near the mountain passes. The valley is said to have been rich with gold, silver, red copper, crystal and bell-metal.
The first motorable road in Kullu was built only after independence. Due to long years of isolation, the area has been able to retain a good measure of its traditional charm and beauty.
WHERE TO STAY
You can try to get a cottage on rent on the hills as they are quite cheap and also comfortable. You can enjoy beauty of the hills more closely. Most of the hotels in Kullu are located at the foothills. There are some luxury resorts too which would cost anywhere between Rs 2,500 to Rs 9,000 per day. The resorts provide very good facilities like steam baths, massages, 24 hour internet and TV.
WHERE TO EAT
The most enjoyable meals would be at the dhabas on highways and small restaurants around the bus depot area. Snacks like Pakoras, Chhole Bhature and Momos are popular here. You will easily find various cuisines in Kullu including Chinese, Continental and Indian as well as delicious sea food. The local wine made from barley and red rice, known as ‘Chakti’ and ‘Lugri’, will be found in most restaurants. You must try snacks and pastries at the German Bakery located near the Mall.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Kullu is as given below. The best time to visit Kullu is also specified.