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Largely associated with Manali, Kullu is the kind of place to visit if you want to experience the vastness of the mountains, the magic of the spotless skies and the fragrance of the Deodar and Pine trees.

This mystical town is located at an altitude of 1230 meters above sea level and is loaded with the beauty of nature. Yes, the abundant greenery along with the wonderful climate which is more or less perfect for the wandering souls make Kullu worth every dime of yours.

The best part about travelling to Kullu and Manali as well are the kind of adventure activities which people can hope to participate in like river rafting, mountaineering, wildlife photography and so much more.

Apart from being a nature lover’s paradise, Kullu also has the presence of many temples. To name a few would be Raghunath Temple and Jagannath Devi Temple.

If you are wondering about the best time to visit Kullu, then, let us tell you, the summertime is the best time to travel.

Also Read: Ganga lake, Ita fort, and Namdapha National Park are the most visited tourist destinations of this city

History of Kullu

There are many legends attached to Kullu. And one such legend states that when Manu visited the valley during the great flood, he was unable to go beyond the Rohtang Pass. So, the last settlement which he found was named Kulant Peeth which meant the end of the world. 

It was this name that later on in history was somehow transformed into Kulut which again was changed to Kullu.

Historically, the town of Kullu has nurtured both Buddhism and Hinduism here. It is also believed that in this region, there was a stupa present here which belonged to the Mauryan empire. And there were as many as 1,000 monasteries with 20,000 monks as their residents. 

You may be a bit surprised to know that until 1950, the tract belonging to Lahaul and Spiti was part of the Kullu district as well.

Major Attractions in and Around Kullu

1. Great Himalayan National Park. With four valleys, this park is one of its kind in terms of travel and tourism activities. It is quite popular for its scenic and lush views of nature’s beauty. In this park, you will be finding a huge variety of exotic species of flora and fauna. For wildlife photographers, this park is everything to be dreamt about.

2. Parvati Valley Trek. It is considered to be one of the most challenging treks in the northern Himalayan region. For those who seek adventure, Parvati Valley Trek is unmissable.

3. Rafting. In the Manali region, you can find plenty of people who would be extremely interested in rafting. Thus, from pro rafters to amateurs can be found here. The best months for rafting in Kullu are from April to June.

4. Pandoh Dam. The Pandoh Dam is one of the man-made marvels which is quite awe-inspiring. Moreover, this can be considered as a picture-perfect place for taking snaps with your near and dear ones.  

5. Friendship Peak. Standing at a great altitude of 5,289 meters in the Pir Panjal mountain range, this peak is one of the best trekking places to enjoy and have fun. The trekking experience on the peak takes you to a journey where you get to witness a variety of alpine trees, colourful orchards and beautifully gushing streams.

6. Chandrakhani Pass. This place is situated at a height of around 3,600 m. Chandrakhani Pass will excite people who are interested in seeking natural beauty. Here you will be finding a beautiful string of mountains and valleys sprinkled throughout.

How to reach Kullu?

Kullu is an amazing travel getaway full of wonderful presence of nature at every step. It is located at a distance of about 491, 1,903, 2,014, 2,667 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. To plan a trip to Kullu, refer to the below-mentioned modes of transportation.

By Air. You will have to deboard at the Bhuntar Airport aka Kullu Manali Airport (KUU) which is situated 10 km away. However, it is recommended to take connecting flights from Delhi or Chandigarh to reach here as direct flights are not available from every major city. Located on the banks of Beas river, it is usually considered as a challenging airport for the pilots due to a single runway. However, once you deboard at the airport, take a cab to travel to your desired place.

By Train. The nearest train station is the Joginder Nagar railhead. However, due to limited connectivity, it is advised to travel here via Chandigarh. From Chandigarh, you can either choose to take a bus or cab to reach Kullu or otherwise, take a train to Joginder Nagar. After deboarding at the station, you will need to take some local transport to reach your place. 

By Road. Kullu has overall good connectivity with other cities via well-maintained motorable roads. You can consider booking an interstate bus of Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation or according to your preference, you can also book a private bus. Some other means of transportation options are cab and self-driving.

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