Kullu & Manali- The Adventure Playground of India

Kullu & Manali, often clubbed together as a single destination, lie between the stunning peaks of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar Ranges. Precarious mountain passes, snow clad peaks, hot water springs, ancient temples, charming cafes, hippy villages, adventure activities and the laid back vibe of Kullu-Manali is simply amazing.  A favorite with honeymooning couples, the romantic duo of Kullu-Manali is certainly a much sought after destination in India.

Major Attractions in Kullu

Raghunath Ji Temple

Built by the King of Kullu, the temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and houses an ancient idol brought from Ayodhya, the birthplace of Rama.

Bijli Mahadev

This Shiva temple is known for its legend that its high staff catches the divine blessing in the form of lightening that shatters the Shivlingam in the shrine. The idol is then believed to be joined together by the temple priest.


A famous pilgrimage of both Hindus & Sikhs, Manikaran is known as a place where Manu or Noah recreated human life after the great floods. This picturesque landscape is dotted with geo-springs, temples and Gurudwaras.

The Great Himalayan National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 200 species of birds, 30 species of mammals and over 800 species of flora.

Attractions in Manali

Hadimba Devi Temple

This 4- storied wooden temple, located inside a cedar forest, is dedicated to Hadimba who was the wife of Bhima of Mahabharata fame. Exquisite carvings on its doors and artistic stone work on its walls makes it a beautiful creation.

Manu Temple

Dedicated to the great sage Manu who is believed to be the creator of earth; this beautiful temple is unique as it is the only temple of Manu in the entire country.


The hot sulfur water springs of Vashisth make it a popular tourist spot. Considered holy and imbued with medicinal properties, the springs have been fitted with Turkish baths.

Rohtang Pass

The entryway to the captivating Lahaul Spiti Valley; this precarious pass is a major attractions for those visiting Kullu- Manali. Closed most of the year due to heavy snow, you can traverse through it only from June to September.

Solang Valley<

Adventure is the call of Solang Valley! Ski down its snow dusted slopes, go for snowmobiling, paragliding, zorbing, horse riding, quad biking, trekking & camping- the adventure is all around you!

Other Attractions in Kullu- Manali include:

  • Nehru Kund
  • Arjuna Gufa
  • Chandrakhani Pass
  • Manali Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Basheshwar Mahadev Temple 

Festivals of Kullu Manali

  • Kullu Dussehra
  • Winter Festival of Solang valley
  • Hadimba Devi Fair
  • Manali Winter Carnival.

Shopping in Kullu- Manali

When in the valley do shop for colorful shawls & caps, wooden carved artifacts and bamboo handicraft objects.

Best time to Visit

April- June in summers and October to March in winters is the best time to visit.

How to Reach

By Air: Bhuntar Airport, 10 km from Kullu connects the valley to other cities in the country.
By Rail: The nearest rail heads are Chandigarh and Pathankot.
By Road: A well built & well-maintained network of roads connect Kullu Manali with the rest of north India.

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