Places to Visit in Kullu Manali


Places to See in Kullu



Nestled in the Himalayas, Kullu is a valley gifted with nature's charm and scenic beauty. Splashing rivers, water streams and lofty mountains with finest of slopes make it a place perfect for adventure sports.
It has numerous temples and is therefore, called the "Valley of Gods". Celebration of Dussehra is in itself a prime attraction of the valley attracting many tourist every year.

The main attractions of Kullu are highlighted below:

Raghunath Temple

Category : Religious
One of the prime tourist attractions of Kullu is the Raghunath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Ram, one of the most important deities of Hinduism. This temple was constructed by Raja Jagat Singh in the year 1660 to ask for pardon for his sins. The king got an idol of Lord Ram from Ayodhaya and placed it in this temple.

Bijli Mahadev Temple

Category : Religious
The Bijli Mahadev Temple is located at an elevation of 2460 meters and as the name suggests the temple is frequently struck by lightning.

Sultanpur Palace

Category : History & Culture
This is one of the major tourist attractions in Kullu and this palace house beautiful miniature paintings done on Kullu style with themes such as simple rural backgrounds with human figures in them.

Basheshwar Mahadev Temple

Category : Religious
Located 15 km from Kullu, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Dating back to the 9th century and situated on the banks of the River Beas, this huge temple has been built in a pyramid style and houses a large "Yoni-Lingam" idol representing Lord Shiva and his wide Goddess Parvati. Idols of Goddess Durga, Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesh are housed in the three sided shrine outside the temple.

Akhara Bazaar

Category : History & Culture
Popular as one of the most popular bazaars and shopping areas of Kullu, Akhara Bazaar has numerous shops selling Kullu caps, shawls, Pattoos, gudmas, puhlas, rugs and other woolen items.

Places to See in Manali



A popular tourist destination, beautiful Manali has a lot to offer tourists. Here are a few places of interest in Manali:

Hadimba Temple

Category : Religious
Also known as the Dhundri temple is a temple made out of wood and stone. Constructed in 1553, the Hadimba Temple was built in honour of Goddess Hadimba, the wife of Bhim from the Mahabharata. The walls of the temple are covered with woodcarvings and on the month of May each year, animal sacrifices are carried out here for the three day Dhungri Mela. More...

Buddhist Monasteries

Category : Religious
Since a lot of Tibetans live in Manali there are many beautiful Buddhist monasteries here. A few of the popular ones are the Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa Monastery, which is famous for medium size statue of Lord Buddha and multi coloured wall paintings. The other popular monastery is the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa, which is popular for a large statue of Buddha with a golden face.

Rohtang Pass

Category : Nature
Situated at an altitude of 13,050 feet above sea level, Rohtang Pass is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road. The pass is only open from May to November, since snowfall during the winters blocks this pass. More...

Solang Valley

Category : Nature
Famous is a famous skiing destination and the 300 meter ski lift is the most popular attraction here. More...

Old Manali

Category : History & Culture
Located 2.5 km above the Mall, Old Manali still maintains that feel of a mountain village and has many old wood and stone homes. Apart from that, there is also the Manu Maharishi Temple which is dedicated to Manu, the founder of Manali.

Nehru Kund

Category : Nature
Located on the Manali-Keylong road, the Nehru Kund is a fresh water spring. Named after India's first Prime Minister, Jawahalal Nehru, it is believed that he used to drink from this stream whenever he visited Manali. More...

Tourist Destinations Near Kullu Manali



Katrain

Located at an altitude of 1463 meters above sea level and around 20 km from the city of Kullu, Katrain is the centre of the Kullu valley and is known for its apple orchards and trout hatcheries.

Naggar

Located on the banks of the River Beas, this former capital of Kullu is famous for a large number of temples, most of them dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Tripura Sundari and Lord Krishna. Naggar is also famous for the Roerich Art Gallery, which houses the paintings of Nicholas Roerich as well as his sculptures.

Kasol

Located at an altitude of 1640 meters above sea level, Kasol os known for its scenic beauty. With wide open clearings which slope down to wide expanses of clear white sands at the Parvati River.

Manikaran

Located at a distance of 45 km from Kullu, Manikaran is famous for its hot springs and is also an important religious destination for Hindus and Sikhs. The hot water springs here are so hot that the heat from the water is used to cook food.

Shimla

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh and also known as the "Queen of Hills", Shimla is a popular holiday destination and has pleasant summers and snowy winters.

Vashisht

Located 3km north of Manali, Vashisht is a satellite town of Manali and is very popular among tourists, local and foreign alike, While Indian tourists usually come here to bathe in the hot springs and visit the temples, foreign tourists come here for the relaxed atmosphere and cheaper accommodation. Over here you will find many stone and wooden houses with beautiful carvings.

Mandi

Located 102 km away from Manali, Mandi is famous for its scenic beauty and great options for buying local hand made items.

Last Updated on : 8/08/2013