Set on the Beas River and offering a view of the majestic PirPanjal range, Kullu and Manali are a hot
destination. Know about tourist attractions in Kullu and Manali. Their proximity to Lahaul & Spiti
district and connection to Ladakh make these places irresistible for the backpacking youth and
Kullu Dussehra is one of the most popular events of Himachal Pradesh, signifying the victory of good over
evil. It usually starts on the 10th day of the rising moon ‘Vijay Dashmi’ and continues for seven days. Kullu
Dusshehra is a beautiful amalgam of history, culture and customs. Kullu Dussehra was declared an
international event in 1972 and is witnessed by around 4-5 Lac people from across the globe.
Raison is a small cluster of villages on the banks of River Beas about 12 km north of Kullu. It is famous for
camping sites and starting point for white water rafting on River Beas. Raison offers off-beat and adventure
oriented resorts stays. Raison is an all season destination for guests looking for a riverside experience and
a getaway from touristy offerings of Manali.
Bijli Mahadev Temple
Located in the Kullu Valley at a height of 2,460m, the temple has a Shiva Lingam. There is a trek of 3 km to
reach the temple offering breathtaking views. Once there, one can see panoramic view of the Kullu and
Parvati valley. There is a 60 feet high staff on the temple that attracts lightning and shatters the Shiva
lingam to pieces. The priest restores the Shiva lingam using butter and sattoo. This temple is one of the
top places to visit in Kullu.
Raghunath Temple is the prime attraction in Kullu. Raja Jagat Singh, the king of Kullu, obtained the famous
idol of Lord Rama in his chariot from Ayodhya and built the temple in the 17th century. The majestic temple
has a mixed look of Pahari and Pyramidal style. The temple is located on a hillock and gives a magnificent
view of the valley. The Lord is believed to be the safe guarder of the entire valley. Being one of sacred sites
for the Hindus visiting the state of Himachal Pradesh, many religious activities take place in this temple.
Every year the festival of Dusshera brings crowds of tourists and pilgrims to this temple.
At a distance of 0.5 km from Kullu bus stand is located the magnificent palace of Sultanpur. It was formerly
known as Rupi Palace. The palace was reconstructed near the old palace after it got destroyed by a massive
earthquake in 1905. It is popular for its architecture, which is a blend of Pahari and colonial architectural
style. The entry to the palace is made of heavy wooden logs. The Palace houses some beautiful miniature
paintings depicting the simple rural backgrounds of the local people of Kullu & Manali. The Sultanpur palace
is the residence of the erstwhile ruling family, whose permission has to be taken for entry to the palace.
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple
Basheshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is 15kms away from Kullu in a village called Bajura on
the River Beas. It houses a huge ‘Yoni-Lingam’ idol that represents Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati.
The temple is popular for its flat Shikhara, ornate stone carvings and sculpted figures which adorn the inner
and outer walls of the premises.
Manali Points of Interest
Located just 13kms away from Manali, the route to Solang valley is breathtaking. Situated at a height of
2560mts, this valley offers stunning views of the snowcapped peaks, glaciers and the PirPanjal range. It
is a popular hub for trekking and adventure activities like paragliding, zorbing, horse riding. During winters,
one can indulge in snow activities like skiing, sledging etc. So book your holidays in Manali now
Located at a height of 3978mts and in the eastern hills of PirPanjal range, Rohtang Pass is one of the most
exciting places around Manali. Due to its height and River Beas and Chenab flowing on either side it offers
spectacular views of the valley. A gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valley, the pass creates a beautiful
amalgamation of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. It falls on the Manali-Keylong highway and one needs
permission for access. The pass remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall and opens around May.
One can enjoy many snow activities and adventure sports in this valley.
Hidimba Devi Temple
Located at the foot of Himalyas in a village in Manali, Hidimba Devi Temple is an ancient temple dedicated
to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandavas. Hidimba was a rakshas and is said to have
meditated here to eventually attain the status of a Goddess. About 70 meters from the temple is the shrine
of Ghatotkach who was Hidimba and Bhima’a son. Newly married couples visit this temple to seek blessings
of Hidimba Devi. There is a fair held every month on the birthday of Hidimba Devi.
Vashisht Temple and Hot Water Spring
At a distance of around 4 km from the Manali bus stand, a small village called Vashisht is situated on the
banks of river Beas. Dedicated to the local deity and sage by the same name, Saint Vashisht, the Vashist
Temple is beautiful with wooden carvings and traditional interiors ornamented with antique paintings
The hot water springs are a major attraction of this region. These are sulphur springs which spout hot
water all year long and are said to have medicinal properties. The springs can also be enjoyed in privacy
at the Turkish-styles bath houses which are available here.