Famously called the ‘Valley of the Gods’, the Kullu Valley, which is situated on the banks of the Beas River, is home to the Kullu town, the headquarters of the Kullu district in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Being a broad open valley created by the Beas River between Largi and Manali, the Kullu Valley, which is renowned for its charm, temples and its breathtaking hills packed with cedar (Deodar) and pine forests and sprawling orchards of apples, is sandwiched among the Pir Panjal, Great Himalayan and Lower Himalayan Ranges.
Kullu Valley – the ‘Valley of the Gods’
Boasting of being the largest valley in the Kullu district, the Kullu Valley is home to several points of interest for the tourists. Blessed with lush green and deep grasslands, rich art and cultural heritage, gurgling rivers, high mountains and white snow capped mountains, the Kullu town is counted among the most visited tourist places of Himachal Pradesh.
Points of Interest in and around Kullu Town
During the tour of the Kullu Town, you would find a number of points of interest. Some main ones of them are following:
Raghunath Temple at Sultan Pur in Kullu
The Raghunath Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Raghunath – Lord Ram, is the major point of interest in the Kullu town. Built in the 17th century by Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu, this ancient temple is regarded as one of the most revered Hindu temples in the Kullu Valley. Having the idol of Lord Ram, brought from Ayodhya, the birthplace of this primary deity of this temple, this temple is the celebration site of Dussehra, the yearly international fair of Kullu. It is notable that Raghunath Ji is the chief deity of the Kullu town. In this temple, Aarti is held for 5 times each day. This ancient temple is situated at Sultan Pur at a distance of 1.5 km from the Kullu town.
Maha Devi Tirth Temple
Famously called the ‘Vaishno Devi Mandir’ (by the locals), the Maha Devi Tirth Temple, which is located at a distance of approx 2 km north from the Kullu Valley along the Kullu Manali Road, is acknowledged like any ancient renowned temple in spite of being a newly constructed temple.
Popularly referred to as the ‘Gateway of Salvation’, Sri Maha Devi Tirth Temple, which has been named after Goddess Parvati – also referred to as ‘Mahadevi’, was constructed in 1966 A.D. by Swami Sewak Das Ji. This charming temple is counted among the most visited points of interest in the Kullu town.
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Bajaura
Believed to be constructed by the Pandavas, the Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Bajaura, which is famous for its intricate stone carvings, is counted among the most beautiful temples in the Kullu Valley. Being much renowned for its design, this ancient temple is located at a distance of around 15 km from the Kullu town.
Situated at Bajaura at a distance of 5 km south from Bhunter on the Kullu Manali National Highway No. 21, the temple of Bishweshwar Mahadev (or Vishveshvara Mahadev), which was constructed in the 9th century in the Pyramid style, is the largest and the most charming stone temple in the Kullu Valley. Believed to have been constructed by the Pandavas during their exile in only one day, this wonderful temple, which has borne the severe earthquake of 1905 A.D. because of its amazing architecture, is constructed on the Shankaracharya Paddhati (style) of Panch Dev Puja.
Declared as a protected monument, this ancient temple, which is famous for its intricate stone carvings, is one of approx 20 recorded temples made of stone in Kullu.
Bijli Mahadev Temple
Being a ‘Kash’ style temple having a ‘Shiva Lingam’, the Bijli Mahadev Temple, which is located in a grassland with lush green forests in the ambience, at a distance of approx 10 km from the Kullu Town at an average elevation of 2,435 above the mean sea level, owns its spire with its height of 60 feet. This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is regarded as one of the most preferred temples in and around the Kullu Valley. While standing in the Kullu Town, one can also take the fine glimpse of the spire of this beautiful temple. A fine view of the whole Kullu Valley and the Parvati Valley can be taken while standing in this lofty temple.
Naggar – the Old Capital of Kullu
Having the glory of having been the previous capital of Kullu for the period of 1400 years, Naggar, which is home to its 16th century wood and stone castle, now converted into a heritage hotel operated by the Himachal Tourism, owns a gallery with the paintings of the Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich. At present, this ancient charming place is a famous tourist spot. Here, you can also find three other ancient shrines, namely the Jagatipatt Temple, Tripura Sundri Temple, and the Gauri Shankar Temple. In Naggar, you would also find several ancient Pagoda Shaili temples. Naggar is situated at a distance of approx 25 km from the Kullu town.
Jagannathi Temple at Bhekhli in Kullu
If you manage to go to Bhekhli situated at a distance of only 12 km from the Kullu town, you would get the chance of paying a visit to the Jagannathi Temple. This ancient charming temple is dedicated to Maa Bhuwaneswari. One can have a wide glimpse of the whole Kullu Valley and the Beas River while standing at the temple.
At last, it can be said that the Kullu Valley is perfect for the people with the holy nature because of having an array of ancient Hindu temples. These temples have provided the Kullu Valley the fame of being a tourist destination. If you are also willing to go to this charming valley, you can book Reasonable Kullu Manali Tour Packages from Mumbai.