Kulllu-Manali is among the most picturesque valleys of the country. It is located in Himachal Pradesh. The Kullu valley is spread along both sides of the Beas river, approximately 2 km broad and 80 km long. Manali is situated at a distance of about 40 km from the city of Kullu.
Due to its pleasant, refreshing atmosphere and pollution-free environment, Kullu-Manali is preferred by the holidaymakers, honeymooners as well as sports lovers. The city of Kullu is well-known for its colorful Dussehra festival. Manali is mainly popular for the adventure sports like trekking, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, paragliding, kayaking and mountain biking. Both the cities are dotted with plenty of tourist attractions including temples, national park etc.
One can get to Kullu-Manali by plane, train or by road. Bhuntar Airport is the nearest airport, about 10 km away from Kullu. The closest railheads are at Kalka, Pathankot and Chandigarh. Kullu is well-connected to the major cities like Delhi, Shimla, Dharamsala, Ambala, Dehradun, Chandigarh and Pathankot by road. There are regular bus services between these stations. Local buses and taxis are the means of local transportation.
The Raghunathji Temple has an idol of Lord Raghunathji brought from Ayodhya. It is the deity of the Kullu valley. Bijli Mahadev Temple is another holy temple in Kullu dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is popular for its staff of about 60 feet height. It attracts lightening from the skies and shatters them below the Shivlingam.
Situated in the wonderful district of Kullu, the Great Himalayan National Park is spread in the area of about 620 sq km. It is full of spectacular flora and fauna. There are about 300 species of birds and more than 30 species of mammals. Kanawar Sanctuary is another interesting place for the nature-lovers. Situated in the Parvati Valley of Kullu District, Kanawar Sanctuary is the habitat of Himalayan thar. One can experience a thrilling trek from Kasol along the Garahan Nalla through the deep fir and deodar forests. The district of Kullu is well-known for its Dussehra celebrations. During this festival, the entire valley is colorful. It is believed that more than 600 local deities come to pay homage to Lord Raghunath on the occasion of festival.
Manali is another popular destination for its wonderful tourist spots as well as adventure sports. Located at the distance of about 3km from the city of Manali, Hadimba Temple is devoted to the Goddess Hadimba. It is very attractive, pagoda style temple. The doorway of the temple is adorned with the carvings of legendary figures and symbols.
Manikaran is another significant tourist destination in Manali. It lies at an altitude of about 1700 meters. It has a hot spring where numerous devotees from all over the world come to take a holy dip. The water of the spring is enough hot to boil rice, dal and vegetables.
There is the Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute, about 3 km away from Manali. It offers the training in mountaineering and rock climbing. Roerich Art Gallery is another place of interest. It consists of a huge collection of marvelous paintings by the Russian artist.
Rohtang Pass is located about 51 km away from Manali. It is situated at a height of about 3979 meters above the sea level. It is a gateway to the Lahaul-Spiti valley. It offers breathtaking views of mountains, rising far above the clouds. There is a beautiful small lake namely Dassaur Lake nearby Rohtang Pass.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/07