was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of
the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding
heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of
the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver
the core of an intricate web of numerous valleys -
each of which is a visual delight and seems more
beautiful than the other. The mountain scapes remain
spectacular whether in brilliant sunshine or in the
haze of the mist. The 'Silver Valley' has nature's
treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers on
the high meadows.
town of Kullu has long been a centre of faith. In the
17th century, Raja Jagat Singh installed here an idol
of Lord Raghunathji, which he brought from Ayodhya. As
a mark of his penance, he placed the idol on his
throne and it became the presiding deity of the
Temple: In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu
committed a great wrong. To atone for the sin he sent
a senior courtier to Ayodhya for a statue of Lord
Raghunath - Lord Ram. This temple was built by Raja
Jagat Singh to house the image and even today, is
greatly revered. The shrine houses an image of Shri
Raghunath in his chariot.
Mahadev Temple: Set on a spur that offers some
spectacular views, this temple is famous for its 20m
high rod that periodically draws lightning, which
shatters the 'Shivalinga' and scorches the building.
Using only butter as adhesive, the 'linga' is then
carefully pieced together by the temple pundit.
Mahadev Temple, Bajaura: This
9th century Shiva Temple is renowned for its intricate
Devi Temple: 4-km along
the Kullu to Manali road is this temple with a small
cave having an image of goddess Vaishno or Durga.
Devi Temple: This temple is in Bhekhli village, 3-km
from Kullu. It's a stiff climb but from the temple one
can catch fine views of the town.
Palace: It contains some fine examples of the Kullu
style of miniature painting, characterised by simple
rural scenes and the lack of human subjects.
Bazaar: Known as one of the main bazaar, where Kullu
caps, shawls, 'pattoos', gudmas, 'puhlas' and 'namdas'
or rugs are sold in plenty