WHAT TO SEE Sightseeing Kullu
BIJLI MAHADEV SHRINE
(2460 m): 10kms. 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 10 kms. 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 but true.
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.
CAMPING SIGHT RAISON (1433 m): 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 valley. HPTDC has log
cabins for comfortable stay.
KATRAIN (1463 m): 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.
NAGGAR (1760 m):
On 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.
(1640 m): Situated 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
MANIKARAN (1700 m): Manikaran, 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.
(2652 m): Little 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 prevalent there.
BAJAURA: 15kms. 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
LARJI (957 m):
South 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.
BANJAR (1524 m): At a distance of 58 kms. south of Kulu,
Banjar is an excellent spot for trout fishing in the waters of river Tirthan.