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Kullu Manali Places to Visit

Discussion in 'Himachal Pradesh' started by Darshan, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. Darshan

    Darshan New Member

    I am traveling to Kullu Manali and visiting both of these destinations. It will be my first time in Himachal Pradesh, and I want to know about the places which should be visited.

    I have seen a few things mentioned from other sources, but it is just a long list.

    I want to know about the Kullu Manali places to visit which are worth visiting and are of some importance to the actual destinations.
  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome to the forum!

    Kullu and Manali are both known for their picturesque views of the snowcapped mountains, their beautiful valleys and waterfalls. Kullu is also known as the "Valley of Gods" and has many temples to visit. On the other hand, Manali also has many attractions but is best known for its archaeological and historical destinations. Since they are in close proximity, they are often referred to as one destination hence the name "Kullu Manali." Here's some of the places worth visiting in Kullu Manali:
    • Solang Valley. Some people refer to this as the "Snow Point" and during the winter, various snow activities are held in here. You can try skiing, parachuting and paragliding in here. Even in the summer, there's some activities you can do here, like sorbing or trekking. It is located at the top of Kullu Valley, about 14 kms Northwest of Manali, just before you reach the Rohtang Pass.
    • Hadimba Temple. Built in 1553, this temple is located at the top of a hillock. Other names for it are the "Hidimba Devi Temple" or the "Dhungri Devi Temple." Its roof is unique in that it has four tiers and these are shaped like a pagoda. You could also see some carvings in the walls of the temple.
    • Rohtang Pass. This one lies about 3,978 metres above sea level. It is located in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas and considered a very dangerous road to trek. It offers great views of the valley from it.
    • Vashist Hot Water Springs. You can reach Vashist about 5 kms away from Manali, it is situated just across the Beas River. Pilgrims and tourists alike visit the place for its hot springs.
    • Bhrigu Lake. This one is located about 4,300 meters above sea level. You would need to trek a bit to reach this beautiful lake.
    • Bhasheswar Mahadev Temple. Located about 15 kms away from Kullu, you can find this temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has intricate carvings and idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
    • Bijli Maha Dev Temple.This is located 2,460 meters above sea level in the Kullu Valley. Its name refers to the 60 feet high lightning rod located in the temple. The lightning rod is struck by lightning every year.
    • Great Himalayan National Park. Listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, this park houses the monsoon-affected forests and alpines of the Himalayas. It has about 25 forest types inside the park.
    • Nehru Kund. Just about 5 kms from Manali, you'll find this natural cold spring. This was named after Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who used to go to this spring and drink its fresh water. It's a great picnic spot as well.
    • Sultanpur Palace. This used to be the Rupi Palace until it was destroyed by an earthquake. The Sultanpur Palace was rebuilt on the remains of the Rupi Palace. It's a combination of Pahari and colonial styles of architecture. There's also many wall paintings you can enjoy inside.
    • Beas River. Although unsuitable for swimming, the Beas River is the perfect place for rafting. For the non-adventurous types, it's also great just having a picnic beside the river.
    • Naggar Castle. Located on the banks of Beas River, you'll find Naggar. The castle is now a hotel operated by Himachal Tourism. You can also find the Roerich Art Gallery inside the castle/hotel.
    I hope this helps!

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