Visiting Kullu and Manali Hill Station
Lofty mountains with finest of slopes, water streams and splashing rivers make Kullu and Manali in the foothills of Himalayas, most sought after destinations for visitors who thrive for a summer break. With numerous temples, Kullu is often called the ‘Valley of Gods’, where Dussehra festival is celebrated with great pomp and show.
Raghunath Temple built by Raja Jagat Singh in the year 1660 and dedicated to Lord Ram, is the most prominent among them.
The other temples in the valley are the twin Shiva shrines – Bijli Mahadev Temple located at 2460 meters height and 9th century Basheshwar Mahadev Temple on the bank of River Beas.
Kullu is also famous for ‘Akhara Bazaar’, where traditional Kullu attires are sold like hot cakes.
Manali, located near Kullu is famous for the Dhundri Temple of 1553, which was built with wood and stone and where Goddess Hadimba, wife of Bhim from The Mahabharat is being worshipped.
Buddhist monasteries, Rohtang Pass at 13,050 feet above sea level on Manali-Keylong Road, Old Manali village, Manu Maharishi Temple and Nehru Kund – a fresh water spring, are other major attractions of Manali.
Tourist destinations near Kullu Manali are – Katrain village with its beautiful apple orchards and trout hatcheries, religious town Naggar with number of Hindu temples and the popular Roerich Art Gallery. Kasol, Manikaran, Vashisht and Mandi are some other places in the neighborhood, which are worth watching.