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Bijli Mahadev Temple

Kullu has a huge history in its sack. It also homes one of the most beautiful temples in India. Bijli Mahadev Temple stands out from all the other temples due to its serenity and scenic beauty.  It is located at a height of 2460 m above the sea level. This temple is a “Kash” style temple in which Lord Shiva is in the form of Shiva Lingam. The temple can be reached easily after crossing the Beas River. It is located 22 km away from Kullu. The higher ground surrounding the temple offers a panoramic view of the Paravati and Kullu valley. 

The glistening 60 feet staff of Bijli Mahadev is visible from a very long distance. Legend says that this temple gets struck by lightning every year. This is why the temple is named after lightning.  The lightning distorts the position of the Shiva Linga. The priest of the temple attaches it again using sattoo and butter as an adhesive. To reach this temple, you will have to perform a 3 km moderately difficult trek uphill. It is an easy trek for the younger persons. 

Distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Bijli Mahadev Temple: The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Bijli Mahadev Temple is 5.6 km.

Location: Kashawri, Himachal Pradesh, 175138.

Opening Timings: The temple follows the opening and closing timings of other temples usually.

Click here to check out a variety of things to do in Kullu! It has a plethora of options to satiate the adventure rush of tourists.

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Bhrigu Lake

A blasting blue Brighu Lake sits cozily between two high-elevation edges towards the east of Rohtang Pass. One of the numerous cold lakes in Kullu Valley, this lake makes for an immaculate weekend trek and is appropriate for families. 

The noteworthy thing about this trek is that one can achieve an amazing elevation of 14,000 feet and experience snow over the second day of trekking! To add to that, the outdoors grounds at Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa offer dream-like perspectives to wake up to. 

Bhrigu Lake is only 14 km far from the street head of Gulaba. On a splendid sunny day, the lake is a soaked shade of overlook me-not blue. Bhrigu Lake Trek is especially popular for trekking in Manali. Amid winter, the lake, secured in the snow, will leave exceptional pictures in your psyche. 

Trekking to the lake is as pacifying as being at the lake itself. On Day 1, backwoods trails from Gulaba to Rola Kholi outdoors grounds take you through valuable old towns, welcoming apple plantations, clear rivulets, and greenfield lands. The trail ensures stunning perspectives of Kullu Valley, which gets to be prettier and prettier as you rise.

Sea Preferred Season son: May-Sep

Maximum Elevation: 14000

Duration: 4 day

Difficulty Level: High

Find best places to visit in Manali, it is visited by tourists during all the seasons.

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Chanderkhani Pass

Chandarkhani Pass is located at a height of 3,660 meters above the sea level. This pass is known for its scenic beauty and excellent trekking trails in the Himalayan range. It is treated as one of the best tourist places in Kullu because of the marvelous views, breathtaking landscapes and exclusive trails to follow and make your trip memorable. You can get the fabulous views of Pir Panjal ranges, Deo Tibba Peak, Parbati mountain range from this pass.

The pass takes you to the famous village of Malana through a way between Pulag and Rumsa. The trekkers are introduced to hilly and remote cultures of Himachal Pradesh in this trek. The horizon in this place is a treat for the nature lovers. The region is also named as the “Valley of Gods”. A legend says that the deity named Jamlu had a basket full of gods. Once he opened his basket in the area. A sudden gust of wind dropped all the gods from the basket. Each fell to the ground and became peaks named after them as Indrasan, Pir Panjal, Deo Tibba, and Parbati.

The top of Chanderkhani pass is a 360-degree meadow from where you will get the panoramic view of these mountain tops.

Location: East of Katrain, Kullu, 175101.

Distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Chanderkhani Pass: The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Chandarkhani Pass is 49 km and it takes 57 minutes to commute. There are interstate buses which will help you with the travel so there is no need to worry about it.


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Chandratal Lake

Chandra Tal is also known as "Moon Lake" is the source of the Chandra River. It is one of the finest treks for trekking in Manali. It was at one time a provisional spot for brokers from Tibet and Ladakh who went to Spiti and the Kullu valley, however today it draws in countless devotees from over the world. 

Situated at a height of 4300 m, Chandra Tal Lake is only 6 km far from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul locale of Himachal Pradesh condition of India. Strolling on Chandra Tal trek will offer an extreme ordeal like the experience of setting off to the moon. 

You will go through two high mountain ranges named Moulkila and Chandrabhaga, which are entirely trying for mountain dwellers. Further, you will see the delightful snow-shrouded mountain tops and slants. There is an unbelievable story connected with this lake.

Sea Preferred Season son: June - mid-Oct

Maximum Elevation: 4250 mts/14000 ft

Duration: 10 day

Difficulty Level: High

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What You Should Know More About Kullu

  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

    Recommended Website: 

    Travel India Website


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Traveller Tales from Kullu

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Jyoti Joshi

20 March 2016

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 ...

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Satish Talwar

07 January 2016

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...

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Gudakesha Bhattathiri

26 January 2016

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

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Avani Ahuja

16 February 2016

We treaded slowly so as to enjoy the views around and capture as many clicks as possible and eventually reached the Barshaini village - I was very envious of the people inhabiting this place. They were...

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Akshaj Dwivedi

27 December 2015

It was one of best experience of trekking.There was varieties of tree and the last bridge from where a thick stream of water flows was magnificent. Spending night with shining moon and stars were aweso

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Gautami Varman

30 May 2016

The place was lovely. We started our journey from barshaini and finished it in about 5 to 6 hrs. The climb was not so easy but we all were enjoyed it so much. We also saw the Rura Naag waterfall which

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Damayanti Verma

23 March 2016

The trek is so amazing and moderate and surrounded by thick forest of alpine meadows. It was a mesmerizing view when clouds started overlapping the forest and the snow-clad mountains. KhirGanga is know...

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Aamod Nehru

12 December 2015

There was sparkling streams, enchanting valley and majestic mountain. Along the way, we found many fascinating things like Apple orchards, waterfalls, river, mountain forests, hot water spring and so o...

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Som Gupta

03 April 2016

(Same Review) 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 th...

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