Kulanthapitha - The end of habitable world as it was known erstwhile, Kullu is a small town in the lower Himalayas which truely comes to life during the Dusshera festival. Kullu valley with its tranquil landscapes culture and temples is one of the major tourist destinations in Himachal. Kullu is also the center of many adventure activities like trekking and river-rafting.
Kullu town, the commercial and economic center of Kullu District is a small town nestled cozily by the banks of river Beas. Also called the "Valley of the Gods" or "Dev Bhumi", Kullu is the largest valley in Kullu district. Kullu is famous for the Kullu Dussera, an international festival spanning seven days which is celebrated between Oct and Nov.
River Rafting in Kullu
In Kullu river rafting is done on a 16km stretch between Pirdi to Jhiri on the river Beas. End of April to June and mid-September to mid-October is the best season for river rafting in Kullu.
Almost midway between Kullu and Manali is Naggar the erstwhile capital of Kullu. The Naggar castle which has been converted into a hotel by HPTDC houses the Nicholas Roerich art museum.
Kullu is well known for its many temples strewn around the small town. The 17th century Raghunath Temple built by Raja Jagat Singh is amongst the most revered temples in Kullu. Bijli Mahadev Temple, the temple of lightning is located 10 km from Kullu across the Beas river at an altitude of 2,438 mts. A panoramic view of Kullu and Paravati valleys can be seen from the temple. Mahadevi Tirth or Vaishno Devi Mandir is located on the Kullu - Manali road 2 kms north of the Kullu town by the banks of river Beas.
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.