Valley of God
Kullu a charming little hill station and is also widely referred to as the ‘Valley of Gods’. It lies by the mighty Himalayas and is unparalleled in terms of natural beauty. Kullu gorgeous by itself and is an absolute paradise for tourists with its ancient Temples, beautiful Trekking Paths, mesmerizing landscapes of the majestic snow-capped hills and Pine forests, and apple orchards. This town is also extremely famous for its annual Dussehra festival, which attracts thousands of tourists from across India and the world as well.
History Of Kullu
Kullu earlier known as ‘Kulanthpitha,’ which translates to ‘The End Point of the Inhabitable World.’ Its great historical significance and have named in the epic tales of the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Vishnu Purana.
It believed that Kullu derives its name from ‘Kalut,’ which was a tribe in the upper valley of River Beas. The letter ‘T’ was eventually dropped from the name over time.
It believed that Lord Manu first stepped into the earth from the celestial boat onto this land. The exact spot where he established his home is the present-day Manali, which believed to adapted from ‘MANU-ALAYA,’ which translates to “Home of Manu.” It was from here that the human race came into being.
The valley played a pivotal role in trade between Central Asia and the Southern Plains and also acted as a path to Lahaul and Ladakh. Naggar first chosen as the capital of the nation, then Sultanpur was elected, and finally, Kullu chosen as the capital.
Kullu first made a sub-division of the district of Kangra, and Lahaul-Spiti made a part of Kullu for proper administration. In the year 1960, Lahaul-Spiti declared a separate area. In the year 1963, Kullu also created an independent district, and it remained a part of Punjab until October 1966. After the reorganization of states, Kullu District was made a part of Himachal Pradesh on 1st of November, 1966.
Kullvi Nati’s World record
On 7th October 2014, on the celebration of Dussehra at dhalpur maidan, 8760 women danced kullvi nati on the tune of dhol, nagara, and shehnai. The occasion also celebrated Beti Bachao Beti pdao. The first time that such a large number of women had gathered wearing traditional costumes.
Kullu most widely known for the following:
Apples: The valley also known for its vegetation, and the most popular product is the Apples. They’re very popular in India and are of a shade of bright red and are very crunchy and juicy. Kullu’s most important fruit crop as it sent to various parts of India.Adventure Sports: Kullu offers a variety of adventure sports for tourists such as River Rafting, Trekking, Paragliding from the mountains, and also Skiing among the snow-clad peaks.
Shawls: The town very popular for its shawls that made in various geometric and floral patterns.
Adventure Sports: Kullu offers a variety of adventure sports for tourists such as River Rafting, Trekking, Paragliding from the mountains, and also Skiing among the snow-clad peaks.
The valley also home to many rare species such as the Himalayan Tahr, Western Tragopan, and the Himalayan Brown Bear. It has varied biodiversity and is the home to many wildlife sanctuaries, including the Great Himalayan National Park, Tirthan Sanctuary, Rupi Baba Sanctuary, and Khokhan Sanctuary.
Attractions Around In Kullu
Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh is famous for its tourist attraction. There is many religious sites and activities –
Bijali Mahadev Temple
Bijli Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple, located at the height of 2,450 m above sea level, offers a beautiful view of nearby mountains and residential houses in the valley. Often called the ‘Temple of Lightning,’ this temple is famous among locals and tourists for the legend behind its Shiva Lingam.
It believed that the temple possesses a Shiva Linga, which had broken into pieces due to lightning. The broken pieces of the Shiva Linga were bound together with the temple priest using butter. This activity repeats itself once every year.
This is the most critical and significant temple in Kullu. It houses the idol of Raghunathji, who is the chief and the presiding deity of Kullu. Legend has it that Raja Jagat Singh, the king of Kullu, was responsible for the death of a Brahmin family in Tipri village, and to make up for his sins, he brought this famous idol from Ayodhya. It is now one of the sacred sites for the Hindus visiting Himachal Pradesh.
The famous Dussehra festival celebrated here and brings in scores of tourists and pilgrims. The idol taken in a Ratha (Chariot) to the Dussehra ground, where all the Gods of neighboring villages gather to pay homage to Raghunathji.
Manikaran is one of the most popular destinations around Kullu. It is located in the neighboring Parvati Valley, at a distance of 40kms from Kullu. Tourists from across the world flock to Manikaran to experience the natural hot springs here. It believed that Lord Shiva’s wife, Parvati, lost one of her earrings while bathing in the river.
Sheshnaga, the divine serpent, recovered the jewelry. When Shiva confronted Sheshnaga, he spat it out in rage, thus giving rise to the foaming springs. If you put some rice in a piece of cloth and immerse it in the water, you’d have your rice cooked in 10 minutes, which goes on to show how hot the water is.
Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta Pass trek one of the most awe-inspiring treks in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. The Hampta Pass offers breathtaking views of the two different sides of the Himalayas. On one side of the pass lies the lush green Kullu valley, and on the other hand is the stark opposite desert valley of Lahaul.
One of the major highlights of the trek is the visit to high altitude Chandratal Lake in Spiti. Hampta Pass, located in Himachal, is one such destination that makes for perfect trekking for every adventurer.
Hadimba Temple is one of the top places to visit in Manali. The most striking feature of this temple is that it located in the Dhungri Forest. Pine trees surround it.
This temple is not unique in its architecture, also famous for its religious value. This Temple made up of brass, and it is quite awe-inspiring. It is one of the most renowned religious attractions in Manali.
Manu Temple Manali considered being one of the best tourist places in Himachal Pradesh’s tourist places. This magnificent temple dedicated to the sage Manu, the creator of the world, and the writer of Manusmriti.
The Manu Temple located in old Manali, at a distance of three kilometers from the primary market. The temple one of the prime attractions in Manali.
Vaishno Devi temple
Mata Vaishno Devi, one of the best tourist places of Himachal Pradesh. Mata Vaishno Devi temple Kullu considered being one of the best tourist places in Himachal Pradesh’s tourist places. The foundation of this temple was laid by Swami Sewak Das Ji.
Vaishno Devi temple located at a distance of 2 km from the beautiful town of Kullu, right on the way to Manali. Vaishno Devi temple in Kullu situated on the banks of Beas River.
Rahala Falls, a popular picnic spot, situated at the starting point of the Rohtang Pass. Water dripping from steep rocks and glaciers serve as the source of the falls. Thick deodar forests and birch trees mark the area around the waterfall. Snow-capped Himalayan peaks mark the background of the waterfalls.
Paragliding and Skiing – Manali
When it comes to things to do in Manali, Paragliding and Skiing are the most exciting things to do. It gives a particular pleasure to do paragliding and Skiing with the loved one.
Solang valley popularly called Snow Point in Manali. Located in the northwest of Manali, this valley is a privileged picnic spot.
Jagannathi Temple – Bhekhli
Jagannathi Temple situated at Bhekhli. The temple offers a panoramic view of the beautiful Kullu valley and River Beas. Bekhli Temple or the Jagannathi Devi Temple is one of the famous temples of the Kullu region. This temple is located at a height of 1800 m from the sea level.
As per archeological experts, this temple is almost 1500 years old. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhuvaneshwari who is the fifth aspect of Goddess Shakti. Local people visit this temple regularly to take blessings of Bhuvaneshwari Devi. The temple houses beautiful carvings of different avatars of goddess Durga.
According to the legend, one day a Shepherd boy accidentally noticed that two girls are dancing on his flute tune which was really magical. He followed them and managed to catch one of them. The girl whom the boy caught was none other than Bhuvaneshwari Devi. The goddess revealed her identity and agreed to settle in the Bekhli village.