Kullu Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Kullu popularly known as the 'Valley of Gods' is situated amid grand Himalayas and the gushing ambience of the river Beas in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Kullu was not an easily reachable place till the 1950''s which helped to conserve its untouched appeal and century old customs. A bunch of gorgeous valleys, Kullu is a pleasant tourist destination where one can feel the revitalizing tenderness of Mother Nature. The overwhelming landscapes, amazing hospitality of the inhabitants with different culture and ethnicity make Kullu a preferred destination. Easy trekking, world class river rafting and mountaineering are some of the adventure sports that you can enjoy in this tranquil valley. Words would not be sufficient to understand the complete thrill of descending from the sky while paragliding and skiing amongst the mountain peaks of the Himalayas. You can enjoy a perfect holiday here in this beautiful place.
The closest airport to Kullu is Bhuntar airport which is situated at a distance of around 10 km from the heart of the city, Kullu. Bhuntar is currently not operational therefore Chandigarh is the airport for Kullu Valley. Jogindernagar is the nearest railway station located near Kullu which is at a distance of around 125 km. This railway station is well linked to all the major cities and towns of the country through Chandigarh which is 270 km away from Kullu. Therefore, without thinking much about how to reach Kullu by rail, one needs to hop on a train.
Summer in Kullu prevails from March to June. The season is pleasant and said to be the ideal season for sightseeing and a variety of adventure activities. For those coming for sightseeing, it is the best time to visit Kullu.
Monsoon starts in July and lasts till mid-September. The region experiences some irregular showers and unpredictable landslides that may cause disruption in travel. Winter starts in mid-September and lasts till February. The season is extremely cold and minimum temperature can go down to well below 0°C, followed by heavy snowfall. It is a good time for honeymooners. This season is considered to be the best time to visit Kullu as one can enjoy the nature to the most.
Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temples - Located at a distance of 3 kms from Manali, there is a small village called Vashist. It is situated on the left bank of river Beas towards Rohtang pass. This village is known for its natural hot sulphur springs and temples. One of the most prominent temples is the pyramidal stone temple which is dedicated to sage Vashist. Locals and tourists take a dip in the spring because of its medicinal properties. There are two separate bathing tanks built for men and women, along with a modern bathroom with Turkish style showers fitted baths.
Tibetan Monasteries - Along with the hills and rivers, Kullu is also famous for its Tibetan Monasteries as many people from Tibetan origin have settled here. The two prominent monasteries that attract a large number of tourists from all across the world are Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa and Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa. These monasteries are a storehouse for Tibetan culture, literature and crafts. Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa is located near the busy old Manali road and was built in the year 1969. Though small in area, it has beautifully decorated interiors alongwith an impressive statue of Lord Buddha. Meditation can be done in the well-maintained garden situated outside the Gompa. The Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa is located near the market square of Manali. These monasteries are known for their handicrafts, especially paintings and carpets. The aroma of incense sticks, sounds of hymns/chants and the rotating prayer wheels together creates a