Kullu (Bhuntar) has an airport which is connected to the larger cities like Chandigarh and New Delhi. AirIndia(domestic) flies Delhi to Kullu. Luxury buses are available everyday from Chanderlok Building, Janpath, Delhi, with charges that are approx. Rs.1000. Where as from ISBT State owned transport buses are running. Deluxe, Semi-Deluxe and Ordinary buses are running at much cheaper rates than privately owned ones. Local tourism buses are available from all inter-state bus terminals. In North Kullu is the famous international destination among national and foreign tourists, people are coming here from almost every part of the world. Kullu is also famous for international Dussehra festival. A major source of income in Kullu is tourism and agriculture. Among tourists major places to visit around Kullu are Manali and Manikaran. The local language of Kullu is Pahari.
There is an intra-town bus system which will take you to all the important places at a very nominal price. Also, local taxis can be hired easily, or you can rent motorbikes from the local shops and enjoy the ride in the mountains.
Places to visit are as following :
Bijli Mahadev : Bijli Mahadev temple is a 'Khash' style temple that has a 'Shivlingam' installed in it. It is located at an altitude of about 2,460m, 14 km to thesouth-east of Kullu across the Beas river and a three km trek from Mansari village. Bijli Mahadev is one of the excellent temples in India and the main attraction of Kullu city. A panoramic view of Kullu and Paravati valleys can be seen from the temple. The view from the peak is simply breathtaking and is worth the 3 km trek up the hill. You can see the beautiful valley, the union of Beas and Parvati rivers and the Bhuntar Airport from the top. The 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun. In this temple of lightning it is said that the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightning almost every year. It is believed that the priest of the temple has to restore the Shiva linga placed inside the temple using butter and sattoo after every lightning as it shatters to pieces with flash of lightning. This is how the place got its name as 'Bijli' in English translates to lightening and Mahadev is a name for Lord Shiva. As such Bijli Mahadev is meant as The Temple of Lord Shiva where lightening strikes. During July, a great rush of people come here to pay homage to God Shiva.
To go there, get a bus from Kullu City the bus stand for Bijli Mahadev which goes up to the nearby Mansari village. Otherwise one can book a private cab from the Kullu taxi stand near bus stand and go. The road is very narrow and only one vehicle can come or go at a time (so adjustments are needed for oncoming vehicles to pass). One has to climb stairs from Mansari, the distance being about 3 km uphill and might take 1-2 hous depending upon your speed. The last bus from the Mansari village to Kullu city leaves around 5-6 pm. Please confirm this before the journey. Try to complete the trip before sunset even if you are going by car as the road is very narrow. The road is now extended to more than 5 km which lessen the stairs climbing to one half. By personal vehicle or the booked vehicle one can now approach to village Halleni.
If visiting the fall in March, take a stop at the fair which is held there annually during this month.
Vaishno Devi Temple : Vaishno Devi Temple is located just 5 km from Kullu on the Kullu-Manali Road N.H. No.1.
Jagganathi Temple : Jaggannathi temple is situated at Bhekhali just 7 km from Kullu and before Vaishno Devi Temple.
Raghunath Temple : This temple is situated at Sultanpur, I km form main Kullu Bus Stand. The temple is dedicated to Raghunath Ji, the chief deity of Kullu. World famous Kullu Dussehra is held after his name. It is believed that the idol in the temple is the one that was used by Lord Rama while performing the 'ASHWAMEGHYAGNA'
Khir-Ganga : Khirganga is situated also in Parvati Valley at a distance of 22 km form Manikaran. For reaching Khirganga one have to go by bus up to Barshaini and from there to Khirganga on foot. This trek leads through hilly terrain. This is the place where 'kartik ji', the eleder son of Lord Shiva remained in Samadhi for thousand years.
From Khirganga back to Kullu and Night halt at Kullu.
Manikaran : Manikaran is situated in Parbati Valley at the distance of 32 km from Bhuntar. The water from the hot sulphur spring at Manikaran is said to have medicinal value and is a cure for an number of chronic ailments. Manikaran is also known for temple of 'Lord Shiva' who remained in 'Samsadhi' for eleven thousand year in 'Treta Yug' . Temple of 'Maryada Parshotam Ram' Naina Mata and Gurdwara are also there.manikara sahib is a pilgrim of sikhs. here sikh's 1st Guru Guru Nanak Dev Ji, had come. Its a big Gurudwara, many people in thousands visit it every day, free food lanagar is served round the clock for any one of any religion.
Adi-Brahma Temple, Khokhan : Adi Brahma Temple is located in the village Khokhan just 4 km from Bhuntar. It is a massive wooden structure. This temple has idols of Adi-Bhahma ji in the center and temple of 'Garh Jogni & Manikaran Jogni' on the left and right side of the temple.
Triyug Narayan Temple, Dyar : Tryyug Narayan Temple is located in the village Dyar 12 km from Bhuntar. This 'Pagoda' style temple is dedicated to God Vishnu's Idols of Bavan Avtar, Budh and Bramari Devi are also there in the temple. This temple was built in 800 AD. Night halt at Bhuntar.
Trips generally start at Pirdi and continue 14 km down to Jhiri. White Water river- rafting facilities are offered by private operators at Pirdi near Kullu where a water sports centre has been set up to provide one stop water sports adventure experience for the tourist. Rafting is done on stretches of the River Beas, where rapids of high grades can be negotiated safely, providing an exhilarating experience for enthusiasts. The Beas River is a heaven for extreme Kayakers and beginner rafters alike. This river has got I - IV grade rapids. Rafting begins at around 10:00 Hrs in the morning at Pirdi and can take from a few hours to a full day.
One could also head into the Great Himalayan National Park to either stay in the Ecozone (buffer zone) and soak in the small Himalayan village cultures of that area or do some serious three to ten day treks in the Park. There are a few guest houses available in the Ecozone, from where you can walk around the mountains or fish for some Trout in the Tirthan or Sainj river. For serious multi day treks into the National Park like the Rakhundi Top Trek (5 days 4000m trek) or the Tirath Trek (8-10 days), you will have to hire a guide, porter and a cook and get permission from the Park authorities. You could contact Sunshine Himalayan Adventures who can organize all of this. You could also contact Surender Negi (Sanju), who is a local and has experience in guiding in the GHNP and surrounding areas for 8 years. Recognised by the Himachal Government, he's also a bird watching specialist. He has his own team and will arrange everything from Kullu to park to Kullu. Contact: 09418240710, 09459342362.Email: [email protected]
If planning for a trek up the beautiful mountains, don't forget to hire a local guide. As the local customs and laws are quite strict, you might land up in trouble if you unknowingly offend any of their laws. Touching their property, temple or trespassing can be considered an offense and can attract a fine of a few hundred to a few thousand rupees.
Local handicrafts and shawls are a must buy.
Buy only from reputed shops. Preferably from Bhuttico. They have fixed prices and have some discount during Dushera festival. They can also allow you to exchange the items purchased from any of their stores without any problem. Item purchased from Kullu can be exchanged from Bhuttico store in Delhi.
Else where you have to bargain and u don't get any guarantee of the item purchased.
Must buy fruits from Kullu. They are cheap and fresh too.
Well, it is suggested that you do not buy anything from that place as everything is available in Delhi. However, if you plan to get some souvenirs, then you may go ahead.