Welcome to the hill resort of
Kullu. The Kullu valley has also been the valley of Gods in
India. Kullu, the town is one of the most preferred summer
destinations. The sun-scorched souls of the plains take refuge in
the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The temples, apple orchards
and the Dussehra festivals are what have attracted thousands of
tourists time and again to Kullu. The local handicrafts top the
list of must buys from Kullu. Check out the hill resort of Kullu
with the majestic mountains and the beautiful Beas River.
The hill resort of Kullu is located in the Kullu valley of
Himachal Pradesh. Kullu lies in the lower reaches of the
Himalayan range The Kullu valley was earlier referred to as
Kulanthapitha. Kulanthapitha literally meant the "end of the
The earliest recorded information of this area goes back to 1st
century ad, when this valley began to be inhabited. In the
medieval period, Kullu and the area around it was ruled by a
number of local rulers. The capital was at Jagatsukh, 5 km to the
south of Manali. In the 17th century, the capital was shifted to
Kullu and the boundaries of the kingdom extended up to Lahaul and
Spiti and the river Sutlej in the east. Though the valley was
strategically located on important trade routes from north India
to Ladakh and beyond, it was isolated from other parts of the
country for many centuries till it came under British rule. The
British governed the Kullu valley from Dharamshala.
Places to see
While at Kullu you must check
out the tourist attractions of the Raghunath temple and the
Jagannathi Devi temple.
One of the main tourist attractions of Kullu is the Raghunath
Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram, who is one of the
principal deities of the Hindu religious pantheon and the patron
deity of the entire Kullu valley. Raja Jagat Singh, the erstwhile
ruler of Kullu, built this temple in AD 1660 to atone for his
wrongdoings. He obtained a statue of Lord Ram from Ayodhya and
established it within this temple.
Then there is the Jagannathi Devi Temple or the Bekhli Temple.
The temple is at a distance of 3 km from Kullu in the village of
Bekhli. You must check out the panoramic view of the valley from
the temple. You need to climb a 1½?hour climb to reach this
temple. The 16th-17th-century AD copper mask of the Goddess
inside the temple has local Gaddi tribal features while another
shows Rajasthani influence.
Kullu - Best Time to Visit
The hill resort of Kullu remains
pleasant, all through the year. The mild Summers last from April
to June. The cold winters last from November to February. Kullu
experiences monsoons from July to September. This makes the
summer months between April and June the best time to visit
Kullu. The Dussehra festival in October is another favored time
to visit Kullu.