Tourist Attractions in Kullu
The various tourist attractions in Kullu are Raghunath Temple,
Bijali Mahadev Temple, Kasol, Roerich Art Gallery, Manikaran,
Vaishno Devi Temple, Naggar, Raison, Katrain, Malana, Bajaura,
Larji and Banjar.
Kasol is an open glade, located by the banks of the
river Parvati, about 42 kms. from Kullu. Kasol is
charmingly located on an open space which slopes down to
the broad expanse of clear white sand at the Parvati
river. Kasol is a nice place for the trout fishing.
The Raghunath temple was built by the Raja Jagat Singh
of Kullu. This temple houses the image of Raghunath, the
Lord Rama, who is also the main deity of the valley. In
the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh
great wrong. To atone for the sin he sent a senior person to
Ayodhya for statue of Lord Rama. This temple is greatly
visited by thousands of tourists all over the world,
especially during the Kullu Dussehra festival.
Bijali Mahadev Temple
The Bijali Mahadev temple is located about 10 kms. from Kullu
across the Beas river and can only be reached by a trek. The
Bijli Mahadev temple is one of the striking temple in the
Kullu district. There is a Linga of Lord Shiva in this temple.
From the temple a panoramic view of Kulu and Paravati valleys
can be seen. A 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple
glistens like a silver needle in the sun. It is said that the
tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of
lightening. There is a strange phenomenon of nature here that
once in twelve years, lightening takes place and the Linga
shatters into pieces which are later collected piece by piece
and glued together by the priest with the help of butter
collected from the public, while chanting hymns. The butter
leaves behind its melting point and solidifies as stone. This
is a strange phenomenon and the scientists are baffled that
how this metamorphosis takes place.
Roerich Art Gallery
The Roerich Gallery houses the paintings and sculptures of the
famous Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich. This at gallery
consists of about 7000 paintings and sketches of Roerich.
Manikaran is only 45 kms. from Kullu and just 3 kms.
from Kasol. Manikaran is known for the hot Sulphur
springs that bubble next to the icy waters of the
Parvati river at 1737 m. The place is visited by both
Hindus and Sikhs. Thousands of people take a holy dip in
hot waters. The water is so hot that even the dal, rice
and vegetables etc. can be cooked in it. According to an
old legend, Manikaran is connected with Lord Shiva and
his divine consort, Parvati, who lost her ear rings
here, which gave birth to hot waters on the bank of
Parvati river. There is a Lord Rama, Shiva temple and
are made from here to Pulga, Khirganga and Mantalai.
Vaishno Devi Temple
At a distance of 4 kms. from Dhalpur, a small cave enshrines
an image of Goddess Vaishno Devi.
Raison is situated about 16 kms. away from Kullu. This place
is ideal for spending a quite holiday in solitary splendor and
for holding youth camps. There are a large number of orchards
in this part of the valley.
The central and the widest part of the valley, Katrain is 20
kms. from Kullu on way to Manali. Apple orchards and trout
hatchery lend charm and prominence to the place. It is also
famous for bee keeping and Govt. trout farm at Patilkulh.
Little ahead of the beautiful Chanderkhani Pass lies the
village Malana which is famous for the temple of Jamlu and its
distinct, social and cultural life. Malana is considered to be
the oldest democracy in the world. It would be worth while to
visit this village to study the style and social system
Naggar is delightfully situated on the left bank of the
Beas, on a wooded slope and provides an extensive view.
It was the capital of erstwhile Kulu state for about
1400 years. There are large number of famous temples of
Vishnu, Tripura Sundari and Lord Krishna. Naggar is also
a base camp for undertaking treks to Chanderkhani Pass
and to remote valley of Malana.
Bajaura is about 15 kms. short of Kullu. Bajaura is on
the main road where Basheshwar Mahadev Temple is
situated about 200 m from the village in a plain between
the main road and the Beas river. It is believed to have
been built in the mid 8th century.
South of Kullu, Larji is 34 kms. away. Larji is a small
hamlet providing excellent spot for trout fishing. This
is located in
a stunning position between the foaming torrents of the river
Sainj & Tirthan, before they join the Beas. The place is
patronized mostly by anglers.
At a distance of 58 kms. south of Kullu, Banjar is an
excellent spot for trout fishing in the waters of river