Kullu is the capital town of Kullu district which is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This state is famous for its natural beauty, landscapes and rivers. Kullu is an open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Largi and it is famous for its apple orchards.
Manali is a small town in the kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh which offers ample opportunities for adventure sports.
Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha – `the end of the habitable world`. There is also a stupa (tope) built by Lord Ashoka. It was believed that Lord Buddha preached here. Later this tope was taken away by the Mughal Emperor and was placed in Feroz Shah Kotla Maidan in Delhi.
Kullu got its first access only after independence.
Kullu-Manali is Famous For
Hill stations are many but Kullu Manali has a perfect blend of natural beauty along with the cultural heritage and adventure sports.
The breathtaking beauty of this place is accentuated by the meandering beas. Its deep coral blue-green color and furious pace add to the joy of being in this calm place. The snow covered peaks surrounding the valley and the apple, plum and cherry orchards are a tourist’s delight; just as the experience of visiting the passes through the excitingly narrow roads is.
Art and culture
As far as art and culture is concerned, Kullu shawls are a perfect example of the same. They are built from natural fibres like Pashmina, sheep and lamb wool. Basket weaving is another popular handicraft of the region.
Tourists mostly visit this place for adventure sports like mountaineering, river rafting, and skiing. Paragliding is organized in summers on the slopes of Solang Nullah. Skiing is a major pass time in Manali. There are several places for trout fishing in the Kullu valley. Some of these are – Katrain, Raison, Kasol and Naggar, and several places along the Tirthan River, at places in Sainj Valley and also in the Hurla khud. You can enjoy white river rafting on the Beas River.
Culture of this place
Kullu Valley is also known as the “Valley of Gods” and Kullu’s dusshera; a must-see festival is celebrated here for ten days. Tourists from various parts of the world visit this place to enjoy this festival of victory of good over evil.
Holi is celebrated here for two days in a unique way with great enthusiasm. Its unique feature is that people of the town collect in a temple and then they proceed to visit the houses of the town, singing sacred Holi songs. In return they are given sweets, pakoras and hard drinks by the house mates.
Languages mostly spoken here are Himachali, English and Hindi.
The economy of this place truly depends on tourism, horticulture and handicrafts. This city is a major spot for tourist attraction and generates good revenue from it. As a result the twin city has also had an eclectic influx of nearby village/district inhabitants, shop owners and government employees; looking for better jobs in the area.
The cities export apples and shawls to various parts of the country and the world as well. However, Kullu-Manali still remains untouched by extreme development as in the bigger cities. While life is comfortable here; the cities have managed to retain their characteristic of being the calm and quiet hill stations. They have though, seen development in the form of stronger sports and educational infrastructure in the town.
Climate and best time to visit
Winters see temperatures dropping below sub zero levels and it is always better to carry sufficiently warm woolens and jackets. Summer temperatures are pleasant and breezy so one may carry light woolens or cotton clothes. The best season to visit Manali is from April to mid-July, mid-September to mid-November.
The Climate of Kullu Manali is very pleasant in October and November, so one may plan a trip then.
- Hadimba Temple
- Rahalla Falls
- The Manali Gompa
- Rohtang Pass
- Manu Temple
- The Castle
- Solang Valley
- Brighu Lake
- Tibetan Monasteries
- Nehru Kund