Kullu – General Information

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Location

Kullu  lies between 31°58’00 North and 77°06’04 East. It is connected by Lahaul-Spiti and Kangra on the East and South-East. It is also connected with Shimla districts.

Kullu – At a look

Kullu is beautiful hill station. It is located on the banks of the Beas River. It is famous for beautiful hills and Deodar forest. Kullu is also famous for its temple. Kullu Dussehra is word famous it attracts large numbers of tourist. It is also known as ‘Valley of Gods’. Kullu was formerly known as Kulanthpitha which means ‘the end of the habitable world’.

There were many Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temple. Both Buddhist and Hindu lived mixed together. There were meditation caves near the mountain. The name of beautiful Kullu valley is also mentioned epics Mahabarata and Vishnu Purana. Kullu is also famous for adventure sports. It offers the adventure sports like Trekking,river rafting,mountaineering and hiking over glaciers.

History

Historical references about the Kullu valley dates back to ancient Hindu literary works of Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas. During Vedic period several small republics known as “Janapada” existed which were later conquered by the Nanda Empire, Mauryan Empire, Gupta Empire, Pala Dynasty and Karkoṭa Empire. After a brief period of supremacy by King Harshavardhana, the region was once again divided into several local powers headed by chieftains, including some Rajput principalities, these principalities were later conquered by Maratha Empire and Sikh Empire.The Buddhist pilgrim monk Xuanzang visited the Kullu Valley in 634 or 635 CE. He described it as a fertile region completely surrounded by mountains, about 3,000 li in circuit, with a capital 14 or 15 li in circumference. It contained a Stupa built by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, which is said to mark the place where the Buddha preached to the local people and made conversions, Stupa was taken away by a Mughal ruler and put in feroz shah kotla maidan in Delhi. Kullu got its first motorable access only after Indian Independence. The long centuries of seclusion have, however, allowed the area to retain a considerable measure of its traditional charm. The road through the Kullu Valley and Lahaul is now paved all the way, to connect and provide the major access route between the northern Indian plains to Leh in Ladakh. Source: Wikipedia

Kullu – Climate

Climate Summer Max. 36°C and Min. 23°C .

Climate Winters Max. 38.8° C and Min 5.2° C.

How to Access

Airways:The nearest airport is Bhunter which is at 10 km away. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometre long runway. Air India and some private airlines have regular flights to the airport.

Train: The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar which is 95 kilometer from Manali. The nearest broad gauge rail heads are chandigarh which is 250 km away.

Roadways: By road the distance from Delhi to Kullu is 530 km. The distance from to shimla to Kullu 240km. HPTDC Luxury and Volvo coaches ply to Kullu daily.

Some major road distances

Delhi                530 km
Shimla             240 km
Dharamshala    214 km
Chandigarh       250 km
Chamba            298 km
Dalhousie          302 Km
Manali                 42 km

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