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Kullu is the bustling administrative capital of the Kullu Valley that offers a gritty change from the bohemian holiday resorts that can be found everywhere else in the valley. In the months of October, Kullu stages the most fascinating and the colorful festival – The Kullu Dussehra.
In the eastern side of the Kullu runs down the majestic River Beas and its ancillary river, the Sarvari River passes across the northern and the southern halves of Kullu. On the southern half you can also find the tourist office, taxi stands, an array of hotels and restaurants as well as Dussehra grounds – there are two vast spread out lands adjoining each other). Towards the north lies the Raghunath Temple and the bus station. There is a footbridge in proximity to the bus station which lead you to the bazaar street and brings you out towards the Hotel Shobla International.
Situated at altitude of 1230 meters above the sea level, this along with Manali is a beautiful nature lover’s paradise. Brimming with wonderful climate, lush green surroundings and pristine river streams, it is indeed one of the top spots of Himachal Pradesh. Anyone seeking respite from the warm climate of the planes can head to this tourist attraction.
You can find different locals as well as the foreigners in messy clothes. Such people can be drug addicts. It is better to stay off them.
If you find a stranger who offers you food to eat, no matter how hungry you are, do not eat it. People here tend to trick the travelers and serve them drugs in different forms.
Never trust anyone with any of your valuables. It could be a trap.
Make sure, you safely put your valuables and cash in a room safe.
Do not leave your valuables anytime in the hotel room.
If you are carrying a huge sum of cash with you, it is better to not go in crowded areas. In case there is no alternative, make sure you stay alert throughout. Avoid keeping the cash in your back pocket and rather keep it in your jacket or the front pocket.
There are several street stalls in Kullu. Most of them serve quality food. However, a little check on the quality does no harm. Moreover, the food can get really spicy sometimes, so it is better to convey the same (keep the spices low) to the vendor if you have a sensitive system.
Never, drink non filtered water. It is always good to carry with you bottled mineral water. You can easily find water in Kullu but make sure the bottle that you buy has its seal intact.
Kullu is situated on the high planes. So, ensure that you wear woolen clothing.
If you are going to be in Kullu for 3 days, carry clothing for 5 days. You cannot trust the weather here it can rain anytime.
Carry warm boots in the winter as it can snow here.
Never overlook the importance of the safety gear especially when you try out some water sports or adventure activities.
Don’t get over friendly with any stranger or hotel staff.
Even if you are staying with someone in a group (as part of package trips), do not trust them with your money.
Cross check the bills you get – restaurants, hotels, food, etc
Be wary of the touts.
Never entertain the beggars.
Carry at least one ID proof.
Never get involved in any physical fight.
Do not let anyone mislead you.
There are places in Kullu, where fake liquor is sold, Beware!
The legal age for drinking in Kullu is 18 years. For anyone aged below 18, alcohol consumption is prohibited. Do carry an ID proof whenever you buy alcohol in Kullu.
Rohtang Pass is a majestic snow capped pass that is located on the highway leading to Leh. It is only open during the months of June to October so making a visit during that time is going to be fruitful. It is an important pass that lies at a height of 3979 meters above the sea level. Assuring breathtaking views of the Chandra River, mountain peaks and glaciers, the pass is a gateway to Leh, Spiti, Lahaul and Pangi. Given the popularity of this tourist attraction, the place is often cramped with tourists. So, naturally you may experience heavy traffic in the way of Rohtang Pass. However, once you do get there, do try out adventure activities like sledging and skiing near the pass. There is a lot on offer for the snap happy tourists.
Solang was once the capital of Kullu. This town lies on the left bank of the River Beas which lies approximately 21 km from Manali. Founded by the Raja Visudhpal, Solang remained a political hub until the capital was moved to Sultanpur in the 1460 AD. The major attraction and place to see is a beautiful castle. This castle has today been transformed into a heritage stay that is operated and managed by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. It is an exemplary of the western Himalayan architecture. Embellished with carved windows and door and made from stone and wood, this castle has a lot on offer. You can also find a small museum, a nice restaurant and a temple located within the premise.
Vashisht is a village that is located on the banks of River Beas. It is situated about 3 km from Manali and is incredibly popular for its hot sulfur springs. Legends say that these have been built by Lord Laxman using a shooting arrow on the the ground. You can find both bathing facilities here for bathing for both men and women. In close proximity, there are 2 temples dedicated to the sage Vashisht and Lord Rama.
Raghunath temple is indeed the oldest temple of the valley. It is a place of much color and festivity especially during the Dussehra festival. Otherwise as well, the temple is visited by tourists in large numbers. It is said that the temple finds connections to Lord Rama. There is an idol of Lord Raghunath found here. Despite the fact it derives the significance from the mythology, its architecture and design is attained from the Pyramidal and Pahari styles. Besides its spiritual appeal, the sceneries and the views around are simply breathtaking.
It is one temple in Kullu that just cannot afford to miss in Kullu. Right from the views and the surroundings to its surreal surrounding, the temple is every bit worth it. In the temple, there is a Shiva linga that was broken into halves by lightning. The linga was brought back together by a temple priest with the help of butter. You need to undertake a 3 km long trek to cross this path adorned by the pine trees. It is more breathtaking and mesmerizing than tiring.
It is a man made marvel that is an attractive place to see. Completed with hills, picture perfect valley, it assures a grand and spectacular view to the viewers.
There are a number of sightseeing attractions in Kullu that deserve a visit. Temples, national parks, lakes and waterfalls are some of the key attractions in Kullu.
There are a number of shopping zones of Kullu that offer a myriad of things like caps, shawls and gadmas that be bought from the private shops. Further the Himachal state weaving cooperative located about 6 km south of Kullu, at the Bhutti Weavers Conony is an incredible destination to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Other shopping hubs of Kullu include Akhara Bazaar and Khadi Gramodyog Emporium.
A number of adventure activities can be carried out at Kullu. It is indeed the base for anyone who is seeking an adrenaline rush and looking forth to unite with the nature. Right from the low to high trekking trails to taking a fun yak ride and relishing on angling in the foaming waters of the river, Kullu is your go to place. Several water sports can also be enjoyed here.
Food in Kullu is about trying some of the most authentic li smacking cuisines – Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Continental. The most prominent multi cuisine restaurants of Kullu are Hotel Sarvari and Planet Food in Dhalpur. You can get some of the most delicious fast food here. Hotel Sheetal is another great place to grab a quick bite. Few must try dishes of Kullu include - guchhi matter and sepu vadi and kaddu ka khatta in veg delights and Patrodu, Salyana, chicken anardana, Kodra (cereal, Kullu trout, grilled fish. Maggie and momos in the hill stations tastes something else only. Try that too!
Kullu Dussehra or Dussehra is one of the most important festival in Kullu. It is celebrated with much gusto and fanfare here. This 10 day long festival is celebrated in October every year all over India.