Kullu Tourism, India 2020 (123 Tours & Activities)

Kullu is a resort town in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, located on the banks of Beas River. It is the capital town of Kullu district. It is a town through which the famous Beas River flows. It is home to the most beautiful landscapes like the very famous Rohtang Pass, Beas Kund, and Chandrataal Lake. Located at a distance of approximately 500 km from the national capital, Delhi, Kullu is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations and holds an important place among the popular hill stations in India. Its proximity and good road connectivity with major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh make it an ideal weekend getaway for people seeking a sweet escape from the bustle of these cities. A distance of 208 km lies between Kullu and the state capital, Shimla. 

Kullu has an altitude of 1279 m which makes it an ideal hill station with an ideal climate that is neither hot nor extremely cold. Most tourists prefer to travel here during summers to escape the scorching heat of the plains and take refuge in the cold hills of Kullu with refreshing, untainted air. Though in order to enjoy snowfall in Kullu, December and January are the best months to visit it when the snow-blanketed Kullu is a sight you can call unforgettable. Whether you want to breathe in some quietness, want to get adventurous and taste the thrill or admire the craftsmanship of God, Kullu is a perfect place to come to with desires and return with experiences and memories. The hills of Kullu are covered with pine and deodar trees, adding a vivid green to the picturesqueness of the place; whereas, the sound of the flowing Beas River adds sweet rhythm to the atmosphere. The hills, the forest and the river in Kullu collectively make it God’s perfect imagination and a blessing to the humankind.

Kullu is an abode of adventure enthusiasts due to the various adventure activities that can be indulged in here and the surrounding regions in the form of trekking, river rafting, and camping among many others. Other adventure activities like paragliding and skiing can also be enjoyed here. Also, Kullu has some of the best treks not just in Himachal, but in the country, ranging from easy to difficult; from short treks to long expeditions. Whatever your preferences are, Kullu has the right treks for you that take you to landscapes with indescribable sort of beauty. Among the most exciting treks, one can take here are Hampta Pass Trek, Chanderkhani Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek, and Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek. The best of Kullu can truly be explored on these treks that take you through thick forests and large meadows while the Beas River flows alongside. Kullu has some of the most scenic camping sites that exist in Himachal. Owing to its beautiful landscape where you can see the blue water of Beas River flowing smoothly with magnificent, lush green hills in the backdrop, Kullu makes for a good option for photographers. Photography-lovers visit Kullu in search of picture-perfect frames and they find them here easily. The scenic beauty of the town is not worth being captured just in the cameras, but in the hearts as well – like a beautiful memory etched in one’s memory lane. Once you have been to Kullu, it is hard to take this town off of your mind.

Kullu boasts of some unique tourist attractions including old Hindu temples and nature escapes. One of the best tourist attractions in Kullu is The Great Himalayan National Park, spread over an area of 1171 sq km within numerous species of flora and fauna. It was established in 1984 with an objective to protect the nature and wildlife in this region from undue human interference and is a place worth at least one visit. Kullu is replete with some prominent Hindu temples that attract pilgrims and people keen on knowing and understanding its culture in great numbers. Among the most famous religious sites located in Kullu are Hidimba Devi Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple, and Bijli Mahadev Temple that receive huge footfall of both tourists and devotees. Besides, there are some exceptionally good places in Kullu district around Kullu town like Manikaran and Kasol that can be easily visited to check some stunning views that will leave you hypnotized.

To make your stay in Kullu comfortable and pleasant, the town has some incredible stay options ranging from budget hotels to luxury resorts offering world-class amenities. Stunning views of the surrounding hills and the divine Beas River come coupled with these options. Due to the wide range of stay options that are available here, it is no hassle to find a good one in Kullu that suits your needs and matches your budget.  

Though Kullu can be visited during any season of the year, the best season to explore the best of the valley is summer season when the climate is quite pleasant. During winters, if you get lucky, you can witness the very famous snowfall of Kullu that paints the green hills white. However, the temperature during winters goes down to as low as -1 degree Celsius. It rains heavily here during the monsoon, so it is recommended to avoid a monsoon plan in Kullu unless you enjoy staying bolted in a room, looking outside at the pouring rain from the window.


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20 March 2016
Excellent
Very good option for trekking and camping. Beautiful scenery with snow capped Himalayas in the backdrop, exquisite meadows, refreshing springs en route. Spent a memorable trip. wanted the sheer joy of being etherized to the core by the beauty of the unknown. Trekkers can also explore this park area as its one of the richest biological parks in world. Small lodges are available with good local food.
26 January 2016
Gudakesha Bhattathiri Trek to Rudranag with a Guide
Excellent
This place is heaven for nature lovers as well very reasonable as compared to other places for best experience go with your tents and have your energy drinks and water with you when start trekking
07 January 2016
Excellent
We sped past Barshaini and we now able to view the mountain peaks from an altogether different angle - could not believe these were the same vistas that we had been viewing all day long. As the evening hues came about, the peaks turned crimson red - absolutely stunning. We were once again humbled into silen
17 December 2019
Excellent
Everything was just amazing. We celebrated new year 2019 at this place and enjoyed so much. I would highly recommend it go for it.
16 December 2019
Excellent
We started from Delhi to celebrate our new year 2019 in hills and Jibhi was on our destination as Manali and Shimla is very crowded during these times. Our campsite was on very beautiful location along the river.Staff greeted us very warmly when we showed them our bookings. Thanks to Thrillophilia for this :) Trek to the lake was amazing sorry I forgot the name of the lack. Campfire on new year eve with slow music was cherry on the cake. This was totally a offbeat to new year celebration for us and I am me and my friends will like to go for such offbeat new year celebration next year.
12 December 2019
Excellent
I could have spent the whole holiday sitting there looking at the birds with some refreshments that could add more charm to the place. I really had a great time there with my family.And the spa was very amazing and relaxable. Happy with the entire stay with amazing spa services.

Frequently Asked Questions About Kullu

  1. Travel Advice

    • 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!


  2. Drinking Law

    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.


  3. What you will like there?

    Sightseeing

    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.

    Shopping

    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.  

    Activities

    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

    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

    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.


  4. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)

    Recommended Website: 

    Travel India Website


  5. When is the best time to visit Kullu?

    The rainy seasons are never favorable for touring a hill station, but, the rest of the year can be perfect for visiting Kullu. Although, summer is the time that most people prefer, you can always consider a winter visit to Kullu for the sight of snow.

    Summer

    From March to June is the summer season in Kullu. The temperature stays between 10 to mid-20 degree C. If you are planning to enjoy outdoor activities then this is the best period for you.

    Monsoon

    July to August is monsoon in Kullu and you should avoid it during this time. The roads become unsafe.

    Winter

    During October to February the temperature of Kullu drops down to a little below 0 degree C. December to February is the coldest and Kullu sees snowfall during this period.

  6. How to reach Kullu?

    Kullu is a very popular tourist destination. Therefore, there are multiple ways to get to the city. According to your budget or needs, you can choose the right mode of travel.  

    Bus

    The best way to reach to Kullu is by bus. There are direct buses to there from Delhi, Gurgaon, Manali, Chandigarh, and Shimla. If you live outside of these cities then you can take a bus to Delhi and then hop on a bus to Kullu from there.

    Rail

    Kullu currently doesn’t have its own railway station. However, Jogindernagar Railway Station is located about 125 kms away from Kullu and it’s connected to all the main cities via Chandigarh.

    Air

    The Bhuntar Airport is located only 10 kms from Kullu. You can easily take a bus or hire a car from the airport to any part of Kullu.

  7. Which are the major tourist attractions in Kullu?

    If you want to experience this beautiful hill station in all its glory then you must visit the most popular tourist attractions of Kullu. Here s a list of the ones to see:

    • Bijli Mahadev Temple- a Lord Shiva temple which is known for its size.
    • Jawaharlal Nehru Great Himalayan National Park- this national park is 765 sq km in spread and houses a diverse collection of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects.
    • Jana Water fall- well hidden behind a dense forest of pine trees, this beautiful waterfall is a treat for your eyes and ears.
    • Chandrakhani Pass- this is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. In winter, you can slide on the snow here.
    • Pandoh Dam- constructed over the Beas River, this place is surrounded by natural beauty.
    • Tirthan Valley- a riverside valley filled with natural waterfalls of different heights. This place is perfect for trekkers.
    • Prasher Lake- located nearby the Parashar Rishi Temple, this beautiful lake attracts many tourists every year.
  8. What are the things to do in Kullu?

    Apart from sightseeing in Kullu, this places is also a perfect place for the tourists who enjoy outdoor activities. If you want that experience then try these things to do in Kullu:

    • Trekking in Kullu- there are many gorgeous trekking trails on the hills and in the forests of Kullu. There are plenty of choices for both expert and novice trekkers.
    • Paragliding- this is one of the most adventurous things you can do in the valley. Imaging flying over forests, meadows, and rivers.
    • River rafting- this one is for those who are seeking adventure in Kullu. The River Beas in Kullu is perfect for a wild rafting experience.
    • Yak safari- this surely is one of the rare experiences that you can have in Kullu. Yaks may look aggressive but they are very docile and you will enjoy mountain safari on a yak’s back.
    • Mountain biking- if you have experience with mountain biking then that’s something to enjoy on the hills of Kullu.
  9. What is the local food of Kullu? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Kullu is known for its traditional Himachal’s dishes. There is a huge variety available when it comes to the taste of this hill station. Here are some local foods to try:

    • Madra
    • Babru
    • Dhaam
    • Aktori
    • Tudkiya bhath
    • Trout fish
    • Bhey
    • Mittha
    • Chha gosht
    • Kaale channe ka khatta
    • Siddu

    You must make sure that for an authentic experience one must eat at the best restaurants of Kullu. This is a list of places where you can satisfy your tongue:

    • Maitre Cafe
    • Valentino's
    • Little Italy
    • Planet Food
    • Little Italy
    • Hotel Sarvari
    • Sura Bar
    • Hotel Sarvari
    • Sapna Sweets
    • Hotel Sarvari
  10. What is the best public transport to commute around Kullu?

    There are not too many options for traveling within Kullu. Cycling and walking can be two modes of commuting within the town if you are up for the physical work. However, if you are looking for comfortable travels then you have two main choices.

    Car

    Hiring a car is the smartest thing to do in Kullu for your sightseeing and traveling purposes. There are different cars available for renting with or without a driver. You can get one for a day or two and travel peacefully.

    Bus

    There are buses in Kullu that run every day from the town to the nearby regions. However, you can always use them for traveling within Kullu if your destination is in their route.

  11. Which are the best shopping places in Kullu and what are they famous for?

    The crowded, small shopping areas of Kullu are very popular among the tourists who want to experience the local life. You should try out these shopping places:

    • Akhara Bazaar- this is famous for woolen clothing.
    • Sultanpur Market- an impressive range of jewelry and accessories can be found here.
    • Tibetan Bazaar- if you are looking for traditional Tibetan paintings, jewelry, and more then this is your place.
    • Bhuttico and Himbunkar- this market is famous for handmade shawl.