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Kullu Manali: 10 Best things to do

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Picturesque settings, magnificent Himalayan landscapes, cultural richness, and host of adventure opportunities. Sure, you would be awestruck on your Kullu Manali tour!

While Kullu and Manali have always been popular destinations among Indian Holidaymakers, many other places in the region have increasingly become popular over time, much credit to the far-reaching Internet.


Kullu Manali Tourist Attractions

Castle that makes you feel like a King

A medieval stone and wood castle, Naggar Castle was was once the seat to the Raja of Kullu. Built by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu around 1460 A.D., the Naggar Castle overlooks the Kullu Valley. Now an HPTDC hotel, the caste of Kullu offer patrons spectacular views and amazing vacationing experience. Naggar Castle is your chance to feel the royalty.

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Mysterious Malana

Malana is a world in itself. The natives of the village call themselves remnants of Alexander the Great’s Army. Malana, believed to be one of the oldest surviving democracies, has its own parliamentary form of government. There is more to unravel.

Read The Chronicles of Malana

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The Spectacular Watchtower of Chehni

The impressive watchtower of Chehni, tallest free-standing structure in the Western Himalayas, is the most thrilling of the ancient monument in Kullu. The 1,500-year old watchtower in Banjar region of Kullu is built with stone slabs and wooden beams. The Chehni tower, once 15-storey high before earthquake of 1905, is now 10 floors.

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Shangarh Meadows, the Perfect Outdoors

Shangarh is a postcard-pretty village, dotted by the Shensar, Shangharh and Shaktimaror peaks of Sainj valley in Kullu. It is the largest meadow near the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP).

Read more on Shangarh Meadows

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Kullu Manali, The Valley of Gods

Kullu has a special place in Hindu Mythology. Immerse yourself in religious fervour at:

Kullu Dussehra

Observed in the month of October, Kullu Dussehra is one of the most celebrated events in the state and holds a lot of prominence for the natives. Processions are held, in which about 200 local deities converge at Kullu to pay obeisance to Lord Raghu Nath, the chief deity of Kullu. The town of Kullu comes alive with the symphony of colours during this 7-day festival held at the Dhalpur maidan.

Read more on Kullu Dussehra

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Manu Temple

It is believed that Manali valley is the cradle of all humankind, getting its name from Manu, the progenitor of humanity as per Hindu Mythology. It is said that he established his abode at the present Manali. Dedicated to him, Manu Temple is located in old Manali, at a distance of 3 kilometres from the main market.


Fagli Festival

Fagli can be described as a festival of primitive rituals. Natives pay a homage to local deities with music, dance and other offerings to overcome the woes of winter.


Hidimba Temple

Enveloped in a cedar forest, Hidimba temple is built around a cave where Hidimba, wife of Bhima, is believed to have performed austerity. The history of structure dates back to 1553.


Shrikhand Kailash

Regarded the toughest pilgrimage, Shrikhand Mahadev is an intense spiritual experience. a part of The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), the journey to Shrikhand Mahadev passes through high mountains, deep valleys and along the trail lie spots of great religious significance.

Read more about Shrikhand Kailash Yatra

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Leisure Travel Options in Kullu Manali

Rejuvenating Hot Springs of Manikaran and Vashisht

Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib is known for its curing hot spring waters. Also, about 3 kilometres ahead of Manali on the left bank of the Beas is a little village of Vashisht, named after sage Vashishta, which is also known for its hot sulphur springs.

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Photo Credit: Anthony Asael

Magnetizing Cafés of Old Manali

There has been an immense upsurge in the café culture in Manali. Based on various different themes, these cafés can be looked at as the gateways to various cultures. If you want to have some leisure time or fun in Manali, old Manali is the place to go to! Walking down these streets of Manali is sure to give you a vibe of enjoy life – eat, drink and be merry.

Read on Cafe Culture of Manali

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Kasol, the Land of Hippies

Every bit of Kasol exudes a happy vibe. Signs of peace, symbols of love and reggae colours, Kasol is very distant from the mainstream society. When you are there, expect the unexpected.


Spectacular Solang

The spectacular views of glaciers and snow caped mountains and countless adventurous including skiing makes Solang haven for adventure enthusiasts. About 13 kilometres from Manali, Solang valley can be reached either by jeep or by bus up to Palchan village.


Adventures Abound!

Kullu is a hub of adventure sports and activities. It’s the ideal base for every kind of adventure enthusiast, offering:

Invigorating Rohtang La/ Leh-Manali Highway Ride

Rohtang La (translates to ‘Mountain Pass’ in English) is one dreamy drive connecting Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti valleys. Ride or drive through Rohtang La to witness the glory of the Himalaya. Spanning 5 high-altitude passes, the 480-km highway has spectacular landscapes of the Pir Panjals and Zanskar ranges. It is all you need to satisfy the wanderlust in you. And, you need to obtain permit to go there. More information on Rohtang La Permit 

Read about Raid de Himalaya

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Exhilarating Khirganga Trek

Washing yourself in warm waters of kund at Kheer Ganga is a soul satisfying experience. It is accessible from Tosh or Barshiani village. Parvati river marks the trail up to half-way mark before terrain gets steep. The views are fantastic and it rarely gets tough to tread. It usually takes around 5 hours to reach Kheer Ganga from Barshiani.

Information on Bhrigu Lake Trek

Other Activities
Mountaineering – Solang Nala
Angling – River Beas (Katrain to Manali, 18 Km), Trithan Stream (Larji to Nagani, 20 Km), Sainj Stream (Larji to Ropa, 22 Km), Lambadug Stream (Barot to Lahoradi, 6 Km), Uhi Stream (Barot to Kothikad, 10 Km) and Sangla Bridge to Farm (5 Km)
White Water Rafting – Badah to Jhiri

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Paragliding – Bhaikhali, Bijli Mahadev and Slang
Skiing – Winter skiing is organized at Solang whereas in summer, skiing is organized at Rohtang slopes.

Quick link for above activities
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports


Kullu Manali Tourist Information Centres
Tourist Information Centre, Kullu – 01902222349
Tourist Information Centre, Manali – 01902253531


Have a great trip!

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