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 the 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 drawing many tourists every year.
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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 seek pardon for his sins. The king got an idol of Lord Ram from Ayodhya and placed it in this temple.

Bijli Mahadev Temple

Category : Religious
The Bijli Mahadev Temple is located at an elevation of 2,460 metres and, as the name suggests, it is frequently struck by lightning.

Sultanpur Palace

Category : History & Culture
This is one of the major tourist attractions in Kullu. This palace houses beautiful miniature paintings done in 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 wife 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
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

Another popular hill destination, the beautiful Manali is often visited along with Kullu. It 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, this temple is made out of wood and stone. Constructed in 1553, the Hadimba Temple was built in honour of Goddess Hadimba, the wife of Bhim, from Mahabharata epic. The walls of the temple are covered with wood carvings 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 multi-coloured wall paintings and the statue of Lord Buddha. The other popular monastery is the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa, which houses 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
It is a famous skiing destination and the 300 metre 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


Located at an altitude of 1,463 metres 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.


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.


Located at an altitude of 1,640 metres above sea level, Kasol is known for its scenic beauty. It has wide open clearings sloping down to wide expanses of clear white sands at the Parvati River.


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.


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


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