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"Valley of Gods"

Kullu Tourism

Quietly situated by the Beas River, Kullu is a cluster of beautiful valleys in Himachal, and that's mainly why it's known as the 'Valley of Gods.' Known for the deodar trees, snow-clad mountains, and apple orchards, Kullu is generally coupled with its sister town Manali and hence a favorite among tourists, especially honeymooners.

A hot spot for adventure sports, Kullu is best known for paragliding, river rafting, hiking, and of course, trekking. Some of the most popular treks such as the Bijli Mahadev temple trek, the Parvati valley trek, originate from Kullu. The town is easily accessible as it's home to Bhuntar airport and has bus connectivity within and across towns.

Temples adorn the town beautifully with their bhajans and serenity. The Bijli Mahadev, Raghunath, Hanogi Mata, Jagannath Devi, and Gauri Shankar temples are the most visited places in Kullu. That explains why the town is famous for the Kullu Dussehra festival that's flocked by tourists in the month of October.

With scenic views of snow-capped mountains and apple orchids, Kullu lies between Pir Pranjal, Lower Himalayan, and Great Himalayan Ranges and hence the base town to reach Manikaran, Kasol, Malana, and Naggar. The best time to visit this beautiful town is between summer and winter.

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Kullu Dussehra

Kullu's famous Dussehra festival begins on the very day of 'Vijaya Dashami' and continues for a week. Celebrations take place at the Dhalpur Maidan in October and have been accredited the status of an International festival by the State Government. People from all over the world come to witness this grand festival when the valley is at its colourful best. 

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History of Kullu

Legends claim that when Manu visited this valley during the Great Flood, he could not go beyond Rohtang Pass. He named the last settlement he found 'Kulant Peeth', meaning the end of the habitable world'. This name further transformed into 'Kulut', before finally being known as 'Kulu' or 'Kullu' today.

Apart from being a tourist attraction credited to its breathtaking scenic beauty, Kullu also finds importance as a religious town. In ancient times, both Hinduism and Buddhism existed side by side in total harmony. It is said that Kulu had a Stupa, which was built by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka The Great- this stupa served as a religious hub where monks preached Buddhism to the local people and made conversions. There were some 1.000 monasteries, inhabited by about 20,000 monks, along with 15 Hindu temples.

The meditation caves near the foot of the mountain pass were shared by both Hindus and Buddhists. Kullu gained its first motorable access only after India became independent.Till 1960, the tract of Lahul and Spiti were a part of Kullu district.In 1963, it was announced that Kullu would be a district of Punjab. However, on 1st November 1966, Kullu was included within the terrestrial boundary of Himachal Pradesh.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kullu

Kullu fosters much of traditional and local delicacies as well as serves popular cuisines for its many visitors, being a popular tourist destination. Hence the restaurants here serve Indian, Chinese and Continental food. Himachali cuisine is very simple in structure, but does have some unique delicacies, that are almost exclusive to the area. A staple meal will consist of Chapati, dals, vegetable gravy and curd, though the varied geography of the state does bring in a few alterations. Pickles are typically served along with a meal in most of the eating joints here.
In Kullu, you can find local food like Bhature, Patrodu, Vada, Sattu, Kodra Roti, Jatu (Red rice) and more. Along with this one can also relish some locally made wines known as Lugri and Chakti prepared fro red rice and barley. You can also find some Tibetan foods here. Another specialty are the fruits in this area. Himachal is known for some of the freshest and finest variety of fruits.
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Suggested Itinerary for Kullu

Day 1: Arrive at Bhunter airport or Joginder Nagar railway station. Transfer to Kullu by cab. Check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Start your day with the blessings of Raghunath Ji temple, then trek to Bijli Mahadev temple to see lightning struck Shiva Lingam which was repaired with butter by a priest. Then, head towards Tirthan valley for some adventure. At an hour?s drive from Kullu, you can enjoy various activities such as river crossing, trekking, and sightseeing at Tirthan. Back to hotel. Dinner and stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Check out from the hotel after breakfast. Head to Manali or Kasol in a taxi or a bus or wherever your next destination is. You can also add Manikaran Sahib and the famous sulphur hot springs in Manikaran to your trip.

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How to Reach Kullu

How to Reach Overview

The railway station closest to Kullu is in Jogindernagar which is 125 kms away. Buses and taxis are easily available from there to Kullu. Kullu has its own airport in Bhunter and daily flights are operational from New Delhi and Chandigarh. Himachal Roadways operate luxury and economical buses from all nearby towns and even from New Delhi and it is one of the easiest way to reach Kullu. People coming from places other than North India prefer to fly or take a train till Chandigarh and take a bus or a cab from there. Chandigarh is just 233 km away from Kullu.

Local transport in Kullu

Taxis are easily available here for local transport. The nearby attractions can be covered on foot as well.

Most frequently searched routes to Kullu

Route Name Distance Time
Delhi to Kullu 498 km 9 hours 59 mins
Chandigarh to Kullu 269 km 6 hours 32 mins
Manali to Kullu 40.1 km 1 hour 6 mins
Mumbai to Kullu 1,918 km 1 day 7 hours
Amritsar to Kullu 359 km 7 hours 58 mins
Bangalore to Kullu 2,634 km 1 day 17 hours

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What is the best way to reach Kullu?

The railway station closest to Kullu is in Jogindernagar which is 125 kms away. Buses and taxis are easily available from there to Kullu. Kullu has its own airport in Bhunter and daily flights are operational from New Delhi and Chandigarh. Himachal Roadways operate luxury and economical buses from all nearby towns and even from New Delhi and it is one of the easiest way to reach Kullu. People coming from places other than North India prefer to fly or take a train till Chandigarh and take a bus or a cab from there. Chandigarh is just 233 km away from Kullu.
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What are the places near Kullu?

The top places near to Kullu are Manali which is 32 km from Kullu, Kasol which is located 20 km from Kullu, Shimla which is located 95 km from Kullu, Bir which is located 38 km from Kullu, Mcleodganj which is located 82 km from Kullu

What are the things to do in Kullu?

The top things to do in Kullu are Rafting in Manali, Great Himalayan National Park, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Raghunath Temple, Kullu, Friendship Peak, Pandoh Dam. You can see all the places to visit in Kullu here

What are the top hotels in Kullu?

There are 53 in Kullu which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Kullu are Blossom 1BR Studio in KulluKullu, Atulya, Sun View, OYO 35923 Impression Inn, Zostel Homes Pah Nala (Kullu/Manali), Zostel Homes Dobhi (Naggar/Kullu/Manali). You can see all the hotels in Kullu here

How much does a package cost for Kullu?

The packages for Kullu start at INR 10999 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the local food in Kullu?

Kullu fosters much of traditional and local delicacies as well as serves popular cuisines for its many visitors, being a popular tourist destination. Hence the restaurants here serve Indian, Chinese and Continental food. Himachali cuisine is very simple in structure, but does have some unique delicacies, that are almost exclusive to the area. A staple meal will consist of Chapati, dals, vegetable gravy and curd, though the varied geography of the state does bring in a few alterations. Pickles are typically served along with a meal in most of the eating joints here.
In Kullu, you can find local food like Bhature, Patrodu, Vada, Sattu, Kodra Roti, Jatu (Red rice) and more. Along with this one can also relish some locally made wines known as Lugri and Chakti prepared fro red rice and barley. You can also find some Tibetan foods here. Another specialty are the fruits in this area. Himachal is known for some of the freshest and finest variety of fruits.
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What is the best time to visit Kullu?

Summers from March to June is the best time to visit Kullu. Winters are also a great time to visit Kullu for its festivities around Raghunath temple. For a more adventurous trip and to witness snowfall, winters are the best. However, monsoons must be avoided entirely as there are chances for landslides and it's risky to travel to Kullu.


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Who should visit Kullu?

For religious people as it has lots of ancient temples to explore. For family vacations and for adventure junkies.

What is not so good about Kullu?

A very small town with very less number of recreational activities compared to Manali.

What is famous about Kullu?

Located near Manali which opens several options for adventure. It is less crowded than its adjacent places. A perfect place to relax in the lap of nature away from the busy city life to explore your inner self.

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Shaikh Sarfaraz

on Manikaran 4 years ago
The hot water spring was amazing .It is very popular in Manikaran.God's nature

Rohit Shroff

on Great Himalayan National Park 4 years ago
Great Himalayan National Park with its abundance in both flora and fauna provide with some of the most spectacular views. However, Great Himalayan National Park or GHNP is not necessarily clubbed wit (Read More)h a trip to Manali. Ideally, Great Himalayan National Park will require a few days on its own.

Rohit Shroff

4 years ago
- Pack suitable clothing according to the weather. Kullu is mostly cold so do not forget to carry some woolens. If you're travelling with kids, preferably accompany them on all occassions.
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