Kullu

Kullu or Kulu is the capital town of the Kullu district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of the airport at Bhuntar.

It is a broad open valley form by the Beas River between Manali and Largi. This valley is famous for its temples, beauty and its majestic hills covered with pine and deodar forest and sprawling apple orchards. The course of the Beas river presents a succession of magnificent, clad with forests of deodar, towering above trees of pine on the lower rocky ridges. Kullu valley is sandwich between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan Ranges.

The name Kullu derives from the word “Kulant Peeth”, meaning “end of the habitable world”. As per legends, during the Great Flood, Manu visited this valley, but was unable to cross the Rohtang pass. He named the last settlement he found as Kulant Peeth, and chose to settle and meditate in what has now become the town of Manali (Manu’s Place). The name further devolve into “Kulut”, as the kingdom know for a long time; before finally being known by the current name of Kullu or Kulu.

The Buddhist pilgrim monk Xuanzang visited the Kullu Valley in 634 or 635 CE. He described it as a fertile region completely surrounded by mountains, about 3,000 li in circuit.

Kullu valley is know as the ‘Valley of Gods’. Here are some leading destinations in the magical land.

Basheshwar Mahadev Temple
Sultanpur Palace
Parvati Valley
Raison
Raghunathji Temple
Bijli Mahadev Temple
Shoja
Karrain
Bathad
Jagatsukh

The attractions in Kullu are more. Trekking, mountaineering, angling, skiing, white water rafting and para gliding are some of the adventurous sports available here.

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