Kullu Manali, one of the most exotic hill stations of India, is situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh. There are innumerable tourist attractions in and around Kullu Manali. This nature's paradise is very easily accessible from any part of the country. Kullu is located at a distance of 570 Kms from the capital city of Delhi. Manali is located at a distance of 521 Kms from Delhi. The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, which is 10 Kms from Kullu.
Nearest and convenient railway stations to reach Kullu Manali are at Kalka, Chandigarh and Pathankot. Himachal Pradesh has a wide network of roads that connects the places of Kullu Manali with the rest of the cities in Himachal Pradesh. Delhi, Ambala, Shimla, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Dharamsala, Dalhousie are the nearby places connected by roads.
The tourist attractions are abundant in Kullu Manali. Some of the best places to visit in Kullu Manali are :
Raghunathji Temple is one of the holiest and most revered temples in Kullu. It is dedicated to Lord Raghunathji, another name of Lord Ram. The Kullu king brought this idol that is present in the temple from Ayodhya, which is the birthplace of the Lord. The Bijli Mahadev Temple is located at a distance of mere 10 Kms from the center of the Kullu town. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name is so, as the temple has a 20 m high staff projecting out of the shrine, which is said to catch the lightening in the skies.
The legend goes that every year the temple experiences a lightening strike and the Shivalinga in the temple gets reduced to pieces, because of this lightning. This happens because when the lightening strikes the earth, it is believed that the Lord Shiva absorbs it, and saves the world. Due to this act the linga turns into pieces and the temple priests restore it clandestinely. The idol is put together with the help of butter and satto. This cycle goes on every year and hence the name, Bijli Mahadev Temple. The Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna. There are almost 300 bird species and more than 30 different species of animals in the park. It attracts the tourists interested in adventure tours to Himachal Pradesh. The Hidimba Devi Temple in Manali is a wooded temple of Goddess Hidimba Devi, the wife of Lord Bhima. Maharaja Bahadur Singh built the temple in 1553. The temple is a huge structure with four story and well known for its carvings of plants, animals and the deities.
The Manali Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary, situated down Manali at a distance of 2 Kms from the town. It has a variety of species of animals and birds with animals like lions, leopards and ibex.
The Winter Carnival is a five-day event in Manali celebrated every year in the month of January. This time, the city is covered with a thick blanket of snow. The celebration starts from the Hidimba Devi temple with the worship of the Goddess. Many cultural events and sports are organized during this time, which attracts large amount of tourists. It is the best time to visit the place. These are the tourist attractions in Kullu Manali, some of the worth visiting places around Kullu Manali are
Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is also one of the major tourist attractions nearby. There are many attractions like the Kali temple, Jaku Hills, Wildflower Hall, Naldehra and Kufri in Shimla.
The twin districts of Lahaul - Spiti are a major gateway from Kullu Manali. The Lahaul plateau is very dry and is surrounded by high mountains on all the sides. It has a large number of glaciers, and Buddhism is the main religion here. The Spiti district is very famous for its apple orchards and is also known as 'Little Tibet'.
The other tourist attractions in and around Kullu Manali are Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Kinnaur and Almora. Tour to Himachal Pradesh is incomplete without visiting the famous valley of Kullu Manali.
Last Updated On: 2011/09/02