Kulu

Kulu (1220 km), located on the banks of the Beas river, was once known as Kulanthpitha - `the end of the habitable world'. Beyond its perimeter loomed the magnificent Greater Himalayas, and by the Beas sprawled the `Silver Valley'. Kulu came to be accessible to the outside world, only after Independence. The long period of seclusion, has only served to enhance the element of rawness and simplicity, that is inherent in the area. 

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.

Festival 

The Kulu Dussehra, that seems to bring the entire valley to life, begins when Dussehra festivities in the rest of the country have ended. More than 600 local deities come to pay homage to Lord Raghunath (Lord Rama). 

Some of the most exhilarating Hill Resorts in India include 
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Manali, Himachal Pradesh 
Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
Kulu, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 
Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh
Mussourie, Uttar Pradesh 
Pithoragarh, Uttar Pradesh 
Nainital, Uttar Pradesh
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 
Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu 
Coonoor, Tamil Nadu 
Yercaud, Tamil Nadu 
Lonavala & Khandala, Maharashtra 
Panchgani, Maharashtra 
Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 
Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh 
Hill Stations of Kerala
Mount Abu, Rajasthan