rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and
by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver
Valley'. Kullu got its first motorable access only after
Independence. The long centuries of seclusion has however
allowed the area to retain a considerable measure of its
traditional charm. Here is the core of an intricate web
of numerous valleys
of which is a visual delight and seems more beautiful than the
other. The 'Silver Valley' has nature's treasures that lie carelessly
scattered as flowers on the high meadows. There is pleasure
in every step you take in these enchanted valleys and in every
gurgle you hear in the clear mountain streams.
the 17th century. Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu committed a
great wrong. To atone for the sin, he sent a senior courtier
to Ayodhya for a statue of Lord Ragunath - Lord Rama. This
temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh to house the image
and even today, is greatly revered.
Vaishno Devi temple (4km), the Devi Jagannath temple at
Bekhi (5km) and the Vishnu temple at Dayar (12 km) other
important shrines around Kullu.
Mahadev Shrine :
from Kulu across the Beas river, Bijli Mahadev temple is
one of the striking temples in the temples strewn district.
It can be reached by a tough but rewarding climb of 10kms.
trek. From the temple a panoramic view of Kulu & Paravati
valleys can be seen. A 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev
temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun. in this
temple of lightening it is said, the tall staff attracts
the divine blessings in the form of lightening. The rest
of the story can be heard from the priest, which is un-believable
Temple - 1 km. from Dhalpur,Raghunathji is the principal
deity of the valley.
Devi Temple -At a distance of 4kms. from Dhalpur, a
small cave enshrines an image of Goddess Vaishno Devi.
Sight Raison - 16kms.
away from Kulu, the sight 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
central and the widest part of the valley, Katrain is 20kms.
from Kulu 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. Sufficient
accommodation is availablein Hotels of HPTDC.
the left bank of the Beas, Naggar is delightfully situated
on a wooded slope and commands an extensive view. It was
the capital of erstwhile Kulu state for about 1400 years.
There are large number of famous temples notably Vishnu,
Tripura Sundari & Lord Krishana. Cars and jeeps easily
go upto the Naggar castle. Roerich art gallery which houses
the paintings of Nicholas Roerich as well as his sculptures
, is less than a km. from the Castle. Naggar is also a base
for undertaking treks to Chanderkhani Pass and to remote
valley of Malana.
on the bank of Paravati river, Kasol makes a good holiday
destination. 42kms. from Kulu, charmingly located on an
open space which slopes down to the broad expanse of clear
white sand at the Parvati river. The place is well known
for trout fishing.
45kms. from Kulu and just 3kms. from Kasol, is famous for
its hot springs. Thousands of people take a holy dip in
hot waters here. The water is so hot that dal, rice &
vegetables etc. can be cooked in it. It is also a well known
pilgrimage place for both Hindus & Sikhs. Ramchandra
and Shivaji temples besides a Gurudwara are there. 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. Hearing this religious myth from the priests will
be more rewarding and interesting. Ample accomodation in
the temples and Gurudwara, is available for night stay besides
the HPTDC hotel
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
short of Kulu , 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
of Kulu, Larji 34kms. away is a small hamlet providing excellent
spot for trout fishing. The PWD rest house 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.
a distance of 58 kms. south of Kulu, Banjar is an excellent
spot for trout fishing in the waters of river Tirthan.