Kullu Valley popularly known as ”The Valley of the Gods” or “Dev Bhumi” was once known as Kulanthpitha meaning ‘the end of the habitable world’. Kullu is said to have derived its name originally from ‘Kalut’- a tribe from the upper valleys of the Beas. As legend goes, the epic Mahabharata has many mentions of Kalut. The Pandavas spent their period of exile here. King Parvateshawer of Kalut is said to have fought against Arjuna while another King Kshem Dhurti was killed in the Mahabharata war. Coins unearthed from the first century confirm this history of Kalut!
Kullu is located at an altitude of 1278 metres (4193 ft) with the river Beas flowing through it. The atmosphere is beautiful and serene. Kullu lies cosily nestled between the Pir-Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Greater Himalayan ranges. The valley is a complete visual delight and enthrals all with its marvelous landscapes, snow-capped mountains, sparkling streams, Pine and Deodar forests, lush green meadows, hot water springs, gushing waterfalls, clear lakes and sprawling fruit orchards.
Kullu is famous for its temples and has more than 300 places of worship spread across the valley. These ancient temples are breathtaking structures of stone and wood displaying a beautiful combination of pyramidal and pahadi styles of architecture.
This charming valley attracts tourists from the world over. City dwellers from across the country head to the valley to enjoy a break from the hum-drum, traffic jams and routine stress of city life. They throng to Kullu valley around the year for its tranquil environs, scintillating beauty and pollution free air. This is also a paradise for adventure-seekers, rafters, trekkers and mountaineers who wish to add an element of thrill to their holiday.
Kullu has managed to preserve and retain its rich art, cultural heritage and traditional charm through hundreds of years. The famous Dussehra festival celebrated here is known world-wide today.Read More…
The local inhabitants follow a distinct lifestyle and are a gentle and peace loving clan. Their extremely hospitable nature and ever smiling faces never fails to warm hearts.
The local economy largely depends on agriculture, horticulture, weaving and tourism. The valley is dotted with orchards of Apples, Plums, Pears, Kiwi, Apricot and Almonds.
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