About Kullu Valley
Scenically pretty valley and
adventure playground. Kullu was once known as Kullanthapitha - the end of the
habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalaya, and
by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled Silver Valley. The hill
resort of Kullu is located in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Kullu lies
in the lower reaches of the Himalayan range.
Past in Kullu Valley
recorded information of this area goes back to 1st century ad, when this valley
began to be inhabited. In the medieval period, Kullu and the area around it was
ruled by a number of local rulers. The capital was at Jagatsukh, 5 km to the
south of Manali. In the 17th century, the capital was shifted to Kullu and the
boundaries of the kingdom extended up to Lahaul and Spiti and the river Sutlej
in the east. Though the valley was strategically located on important trade
routes from north India to Ladakh and beyond, it was isolated from other parts
of the country for many centuries till it came under British rule. The British
governed the Kullu valley from Dharamshala.
Places Places to Interest
Take a trip on the toy
train to experience the decrepit grandeur of the the Raj in this
pleasant hill station. Shimla was once par of the Nepalease king-dom and
called Shyamla, another name for the goddess Kali, but Shimla never
gained any fame until it was 'discovered' by the British in 1819. Three
years later, the first 'British' house was erected, and in 1864 Shimla
became the summer capital of India.
Home of the Dalai Lama,
this is the place to head for Tibetan culture (and chocolate cake).
While Dharamshala is synonymous with the Tibetan Government in Exile,
the actual headquarters is about 4km above Dharamshala at Gangchen
Kyishong, and most travelers hang out at McLeod Gunj, stung along a high
ridge 10km above Dharamshala.
Dharamshala itself is
of little interest to travelers, although Kotwali Bazaar, at the foot of
the roads leading up to McLeod Gunj, is an interesting and colorful
market, and you can visit the Kanga Art Museum.
valley and adventure playground. Kullu was once known as Kullanthapitha
- the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of
the Greater Himalaya, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay
the fabled Silver Valley.
A beautiful town with
ancient Hindu temples hidden in winding backstreets. Situated in the
bosom of the middle Himalaya, Chamba has preserved its identity
inviolate through a period when the plains of India were ravaged by
fanatical hoarders from Afghanistan and Central Asia.
Manali situated in the
north Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at the Northern
end of the Kullu valley with its spectacular views of the snowcapped
peaks and wooded slopes, the Beas rushing along its rocky course amid
grassy wild flowered meadows, is ideal for honeymooners and adventure
The picturesque town
of Sarchu is located at the height of 4253 meters and 105 km from
keylong. This is the last point on the Himachal Pradesh - Ladakh border
that offers splendid views of snow capped mountains. The unspoiled
natural beauty of Sarchu offers a perfect ambience to spend some time
away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
"Tourist Places and Adventure in Himachal Pradesh"
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