Kullu is a very popular tourist attraction in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. This place of scenic beauty is situated on the banks of River Beas and surrounded by valley on all sides. Kullu or Kullu valley is also popularly known as the valley of Gods as it is an abode of various Hindus temples. The celebration of Dussera festival in Kullu is a very popular event that attracts tourist from every corner of the world.
Location : State/District
The latitude of Kullu is 31.8763° N and the longitude corresponds to 77.1541° E.
Kullu is a capital town and important tourist destination of the Kullu district and is present in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India.
Kullu is a relaxing holiday spot when you visit the place during summers, from March-June. The picturesque beauty of the place and pleasant climate is ideal for relaxing the mind and body. During the winter months, from September-February, however the place turns to be an adventure destination with activities like trekking, river rafting and rock climbing.
Honeymoon Destination, Adventure Tourism
Kullu is a very popular and sought after destination for honeymoon couples. The serenity and the beauty of the place makes it an ideal destination for newly-weds. This is also a good holidaying place for family holidays as well.
Weather information & best time to visit
Kullu is located at an altitude of 12mt above ground level, and at the confluence of River Beas and Savory Rivulet. This makes the weather extremely delightful all year round, though the months of June and July remain slightly warm. The place experiences slight rainfall during the winter months, that is, from October-March. The climate is extremely favourable and healthy all year around, but the best time to visit Kullu is from September to June.
For the citizens of India, there are no travelling requirements for visiting Kullu. Tourists from outside India should keep their passport and visas updated.
Activities included in the tour
The lofty mountains, splashing rivers and water streams, make Kullu an ideal destination for adventurous sports. Mountaineering, Angling, White Water Rafting, Trekking and Para Gliding are some popular and adventure sports that you can enjoy during your stay in Kullu. All these adventure activities are performed under expert guidance and follow complete safety guidelines. Most of the tour packages to Kullu organize these adventure sports and is inclusive of the fare.
Places to Visit
The valley of Kullu is gifted with scenic beauty and nature’s charm. This place is recognized for its ancient temples that are must visit when you plan your holiday to Kullu. The Raghunath Temple, dedicated to Lord Ram is very famous and a prime tourist attraction. The temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, namely the Bijli Mahadev Temple and Basheshwar Temple are worth seeing. Also go the Jagannathi Devi Temple located at 4kms from the valley of Kullu. Climbing the cliff to reach the temple turns out be very adventurous activity and when you reach the top, witness the natural beauty of Kullu valley from above. The shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi is also a very popular and religious destination for Hindus.
Kasidar is a beautiful picnic spot. The place is ideal for a walk into the Nature and abundant scenic beauty. This place will make you feel rejuvenated and forget all your sorrows.
Sultanpur Palace is another popular spot in Kullu. This palace is extremely beautiful and has some extraordinary painting depicting the life in the region of Kullu. If you are a shopping freak, the Akhara Bazaar is a must visit place. The bazaar is lined with plentiful shops selling genuine Kullu shawls, caps, gudmas, Pattoos, rugs, phulas and other different woollen items.
Kasol is an extremely beautiful destination around Kullu that is known for its natural beauty. It is located nearly 42 kms from Kullu, at the banks of Parvati River. Kasol is also a good place for trout fishing.
Katrain is only a 20 km drive from Kullu and forms the centre of the Kullu valley. This place is very popular for its trout hatcheries and apple orchards.
Naggar was earlier the capital town of Kullu and is a must-see place when you visit Kullu. This place is of spiritual importance for Hindus as it houses temples of Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna and Tripura Sundari. Naggar is not-be-missed place for art lovers because of the famous Roerich Art Gallery that displays the painting and sculptures of the very well-known Nicholas Roerich.
Manikaran is the land of Hot Springs that is about 45 kms from the town of Kullu. The water in these hot springs is extremely hot and even used to cook food. Manikaran is also a key religious site for Sikhs and Hindus.
Manali is a very popular destination located near Kullu in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This place is very popular for the Hidimba Devi Temple, dedicated to the mythical princess named Hidimba.
Food & Accommodation
Being a popular tourist destination, you can easily find a good place to eat in Kullu. Some of the lip-smacking restaurants that offer a dig into the local cuisine are Sapna Sweets, Maitre Point, Chinda ka Dhaba, Royal Delicious Restaurant and Planet Food. The quality of food is good and these restaurants are pocket-friendly. Do not forget to try out the authentic cuisine of the place like Chouck, Pateer and Bhagjery.
Make your stay at Kullu more desirable by booking your rooms in any of these popular 4-star or 3-star hotels and resorts. Take your pick from the Baragarh Villa, Apple Valley Resort, Nature Notes Resort, Chevron valley View or Sobha International Resort. These resorts are provided with state-of-art amenities and rates vary from 5000-8000 per room/night. There are also numerous budget-friendly hotels in and around Kullu like Dev Conifers Green and Gaur Sons Cottage.
Safety and Security
Kullu is a place known for adventurous activities. However these sports are not suitable for children below the age of 14. Also you require physical fitness to perform any of the above mentioned adventure sports. Helmets and life jackets are always given by the tour operator.