Kullu at a glance:
Coordinates: 31.9579° N, 77.1095° E
State: Himachal Pradesh
Kulu is the capital town of the Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley about 10 kilometres north of the airport at Bhuntar.
How to reach Kullu:
By Air :
The closest airport to Kullu is Bhuntar airport. Bhuntar is currently not operational therefore Chandigarh is the airport nearest to Kullu.
By Rail :
Jogindernagar is the nearest railway station located near Kullu. This railway station is well linked to all the major cities and towns of the country through Chandigarh.
By Road :
Kullu is well connected via roads. State-owned bus facilities of Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation are accessible from Kullu connecting with the nearby cities.
Places to visit in Kullu:
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What is generally overlooked as a town of utility only, with an airport and the last ATM before you travel to higher altitudes, is a town where one can have a calm, simple and an idle break from the popular Himachal hill stations and their tourist rush.
Bijli Mahadev Temple :
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This is the one time in Kullu that you cannot miss. From a legend where lightning strikes, to a huge structure and surreal surroundings with some of the best views and sceneries of Kullu, the temple is enchanting in every bit.
Chandrakhani Pass :
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This modest bit of paradise, with its share of snow and clouds, is an ideal stretch for trekking and views to lose oneself in. At a flattering height of 3600 meters, nestled in the Parvati Valley, the Chandrakhani pass is a favourite for those who seek natural beauty as well as those in search of adventure with mountains and valleys in the backdrop.
Hanogi Mata Temple :
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Like any other sacred shrine or temple in the area, this one too finds itself a picture-perfect backdrop. Watching over valleys from the top of a hill, the temple dedicated to Hindu Goddess Mata Hanogi, has a stream running down below, creating the perfect scenery for a religious and sacred structure.
Jagannath Devi Temple :
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The temple is surrounded by an ancient legend of a shepherd boy who caught hold of one of the two girls dancing to the tune of his flute. She then revealed that she was a goddess and decided to settle in that village.
Pandoh Dam :
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This man-made marvel stands out from much of nature’s picture-perfect valleys and hills around it, with a rather spectacular and grand experience to offer to its viewer.
Parvati Valley :
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On the way to Manikaran, if you come across this beautiful valley with thick forest, amazing flora and glittering crystal streams of Parvati river flowing through, you know you have reached the Parvati valley.
Raghunath Temple :
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The oldest temple in the valley is a place of much festivity and colour around and during Dussera and even otherwise assumes much religious importance amongst the locals.
Shringi Rishi Temple- Banjar :
Thousands of pilgrims come here every year to pay homage to Lord Syringa, who is the ruling deity of Banjar valley. The temple houses an idol of Syringa Rishi along with goddess Shanta in the temple. It is a small distance from the town of Kullu.
What to eat in Kullu:
The restaurants in Kullu serve Indian, Chinese and Continental food. Himachali cuisine is very simple in structure but does have some unique delicacies. A staple meal will consist of Chapati, dals, vegetable gravy and curd, though the varied geography of the state does bring in a few alterations. Pickles are typically served along with a meal in most of the eating joints here. You can find local food like Bhature, Patrodu, Vada, Sattu, Kodra Roti, Jatu (Red rice) and more. Along with this one can also relish some locally made wines known as Lugri and Shakti prepared from red rice and barley. You can also find some Tibetan foods here. Himachal is known for some of the freshest and the finest variety of fruits.