Located at the banks of the Beas River,Kullu valley is home to the picturesque towns of Kullu and Manali. Due to their close proximity, they are often considered as a single destination. The valley is known for its amazing hills and the various temples and sight-seeing locations attract a huge number of visitors each year. this hill station in Himachal Pradesh is an immensely popular vacation spot with both domestic and foreign tourists. Its widespread appeal draws everyone from adventure sport enthusiasts and vacationing families and honeymoon couples and hippie backpackers.
Here are eight places you must visit during your holiday.
1. Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass is a most haunted, dangerous and high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali town. Here you will be entering in a different world, where a normal 2-3 hourly journey always ends up with whole day. The road from Manali to Rohtang is one of the most precarious roads, always move higher up, there are no trees but rocks always covered with snow.
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2. Hadimba Temple
the Hidimba Devi Temple is surrounded by thick deodar forests and was built in 1553. The temple is dedicated to the Rakshasa Hidimba who was also the wife of the Pandava Bhima. The temple structure is built in a distinctive architectural style that somewhat crosses Indian architecture with the one employed in the Buddhist monasteries. The structure is made primarily of wood and 70 meters from the temple also lays the temple dedicated to Ghatotkacha, the son of Bhima and Hidimba and a hero of the Mahabharatha war.
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This village is located on the bank of river Beas, 3 kilometres away from Manali, and is famous for its hot sulphur springs. It is believed that they were created by Laxman shooting an arrow into the ground. There bathing facilities available for men and women. There are also two temples dedicated to Ram and the sage Vashisht nearby.
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4. Bijli Mahadev Temple
The Bijli Mahadev Temple is one of the sacred temples of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and located at an elevation of 2460 meters in the Kullu Valley and as the name suggests the temple is frequently struck by lightning. The 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun. Tourists can get a panoramic view of Kullu and Paravati valleys from the temple. One can reach there by personal vehicle or the booked vehicle.
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5. Hot Water Springs
The widely popular Vashist Hot Water Springs is situated at a distance of about 4-5 kilometers from Manali. It is situated across River Beas and is a tourist hotspot because of its sulphurous Hot Water Springs. One can also use the Turkish-style bath houses to enjoy the spring in privacy.
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6. Solang Valley
Solang valley is also known as the ‘Snow Point’ and is famous for hosting various winter adventure sports like skiing, parachuting and paragliding etc. The Solang Valley is located at an average altitude of 2,560 meters above sea level and is also one of the favorite trekking hotspots in the region. The views from the point are magnificent and give views to snow capped peaks and glaciers.
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7. Naggar Castle
This town lies on the left bank of River Beas, 21 kilometres from Manali. It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and remained the political centre until the capital was shifted to Sultanpur in 1460 AD. Its major attraction is a beautiful castle, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel operated by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. The building was once the residence of the rulers of Kullu, and is an excellent example of western Himalayan architecture. It is made of wood and stone, and has carved doors and windows. There is a small museum, a temple and a nice restaurant within the premises. Naggar was also the home of Russian painter Nicholas Roerich, who lived here from 1929 till his death in 1947. His house has been converted into an art gallery, which exhibits his colourful paintings of the surrounding Himalayan ranges.
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8. Beas River
Beas River is often described as the Heart of Kullu valley and is known for its various camping spots and water sports. The river also marks the eastern border of Alexander the Great’s empire in 326 BC. The flow of the river is very fast and is not fit for swimming, but is the perfect for Rafting. The shores of the Beas are famous picnic spots and the best place to relax during the evenings.
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