TRAVELLING WITHIN KULLU
Travelling within Kullu is best done on foot. This allows you to appreciate the beauty around you and be one with nature. For trips out of Kullu, you can either take buses from the Akhara Bazaar bus stand or private taxis at fixed rates, which are available near the Tourist office. Self-driven vehicles are not available in Kullu.
ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND KULLU
- This temple devoted to Lord Shiva is one of the main attractions in Kullu. The Shiv Lingam at the temple is said to have special characteristics and the Trident (Thrishul) projecting from the Lingam is said to attract divine powers from lightning. Bijli translates to Lightning and Mahadev is a name for Lord Shiva, hence the name Bijli Mahadev.
- The temple is 10 kilometers from Kullu, across the Beas River. The temple is situated at an altitude of 2,400 meters. Regular buses ply from Kullu to Mansari village, from where the temple is a 3km uphill trek. The view from the top is simply mesmerizing with beautiful panoramic views of Kullu and Parvati valleys. One can also attend the annual fair that is held here during the month of March.
- This is the most important and significant temple in Kullu. It houses the idol of Raghunathji, who is the chief and presiding deity of Kullu. Legend has it that Raja Jagat Singh, the king of Kullu, was responsible for the death of a Brahmin family in Tipri village and to make up for his sins, he brought this famous idol from Ayodhya. It is now one of the sacred sites for the Hindus visiting Himachal Pradesh. It is also believed that this is the same idol that Lord Ram use whilst performing the Ashwamegh Yagya.
- The very popular Dussehra festival is celebrated here and brings in scores of tourists and pilgrims. The idol is taken in a Ratha (Chariot) to the Dussehra ground where all the Gods of neighboring villages gather to pay homage to Raghunathji.
- Manikaran is one of the most popular destinations around Kullu. It is located in the neighboring Parvati Valley, at a distance of 40kms from Kullu. Tourists from across the world flock to Manikaran to experience the natural hot springs here. It is believed that Lord Shiva’s wife Parvati, lost one of her earrings while bathing in the river. The earring was recovered by Sheshnaga, the divine serpent. When Shiva confronted Sheshnaga, he spat it out in rage, thus giving rise to the foaming springs.
- The natural hot springs here are widely known to be the world’s hottest springs. If you some you put some rice in a piece of cloth and immerse it in the water, you’d have your rice cooked in 10 minutes, which goes on to show how hot the water really is. Further, the water is said to have healing powers and is believed to cure all chronic ailments.
Kullu is very popular for its shawls and these can be purchased from various private shops as well as the Himachal State Weaving Co-operative which is located at the Bhutti Weavers colony. It is also popular for its Apples, which are widely available everywhere. The best place to visit to get all your shopping done would be the Akhara Bazaar.