The vast expanse of the snow capped peaks in Kullu Manali that one can fall in love with at the very first sight, seem as if nature took a pretty long time to paint this scenic heaven in India. Nestling gracefully in the laps of the Himalayas, Kullu Manali never fail to satiate the wanderlust of the travellers from near and far, and for shutterbugs who are in constant look out for that shot of a lifetime, this is the very spot to be. Let’s see what has the quaint Kullu Valley got in store for the travel aficionados.
Here’s a rundown of the most sought after destinations in and around the Kullu Valley, out of which, some are still untouched and have their serenity intact. So if planning to go for the monotonous Kullu tour packages, make sure to tweak a bit with your itinerary and add one, two, or more of these destinations to make your Kullu trip, one epic jaunt!
One of the biggest villages in the Kullu Manali district, located at an hours’ distance from the Kullu Valley, Jagatsukh was once the capital of Kullu. The place is popular mainly because of the Jagatsukh Temple, which is a shrine of Lord Shiva and is built in a prominent shikhara style. The village has alluring temples, waterfalls, and a lot of scenic appeal. The temples here are more famous due to their tri-ratha sanctum roofed by a shikhara.
Located at a distance of just 51 km from Kullu, Largi is an ideal spot for trout fishing and has some exceptionally scenic perspectives that could amp up your whole expedition. The village of Largi is situated at an amazing location where two torrents- Sainj and Tirthan meet. Remember to obtain a permit for fishing from Kullu or Largi itself to enjoy uninterrupted hours of peace.
8. Tirthan Valley
For that offbeat experience of a memorable camp by the riverside with a backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, head to the Tirthan Valley in Kullu. A 2 hours’ drive or a mind boggling trek from Kullu can land you up in this hamlet of peace and vitality. Enjoy trout fishing, or head up to the Great Himalayan National Park, either ways you are in for a great deal of happiness.
7. Great Himalayan National Park
Do not, by any chance miss the opportunity to visit this marvel in the Himalayas. With glaciers, alpine meadows, dazzling highs, deep gorges and valleys inundated with virgin forests, the Great Himalayan National Park can be an ultimate cure for the nature lovers who are in constant search for that fairytale spot. This place is in great proximity to the Tirthan Valley and you can even trek up to this green haven while enjoying the luscious views around.
6. Chandrakhani Pass
Now if you are a die hard trekking fan who can walk around the Earth admiring the green pastures, and azure blue skies, then a trek to Chandrakhani Pass has to be a must add on in those Kullu tour packages you have been looking for. This spot provides jaw dropping perspectives of the entire Kullu Valley from the top and is also the gateway to the beautiful Malana.
5. Malana Valley
A really antiquated town settled in the northeast part of Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, Malana is a town that has an exceptionally particular appeal. This little village with a populace of about 1000 is amazingly touchy about their traditions, so know of the do’s and don’ts beforehand. Also, the credible Himalayan landscape from here can give a couple of goosebumps. For sure!
Settled in the salubrious slope slants is the flabbergasting town of Kasol. Sparkling in trademark greatness, Kasol is fast ascending as a hub for climbers, trekkers and nature lovers. It is also one of those spots you would need to climb up to before you settle down with your very own family, since it has a general pot smoking and a hippie lifestyle. If you are not into both of these, there are still various diverse things to do in Kasol.
A camping site solely run by the Himachal Tourism, Raison is a distinct place by the banks of Beas river and on the Kullu-Manali Highway that offers not just seductive valley views but also is a perfect blend of peace and adventure. You are in treat for some offbeat camping, with self serviced cottages, and a host of recreational and adventure activities if you plan to head up to Raison.
For a totally offbeat touristy experience head to Shoja, barely 2 hours from Kullu. The place is renowned for its out of the world charm and lodgings that offer short treks, walks and everything to facilitate peace of mind and soul.
1. Rohtang Pass
A must visit spot if touring to Kullu-Manali, Rohtang is situated at an altitude of 3978 m above sea level. From such a height, unarguably one can get extremely awe inspiring visuals of the whole area and this very spot is also a trove of beautiful hidden waterfalls. So, this undoubtedly should be the starting point of your Kullu expedition.