The capital town of the Kullu District, in Himachal Pradesh, Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha - `the end of the habitable world`. Located on the banks of the Beas River, which is believed to nestle the fabled `Silver Valley`, Kullu is a broad open valley between Manali and Largi. Sandwiched between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan range, Kullu is famous for the breathtaking beauty of its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards.
Places to Stay
There are great many hotels in Kullu that offer good quality accommodation at a reasonable price. Some of them are the Derpoyn Guest House (Tariff-Rs. 1,082), Hotel Shivalik & Restaurant (Tariff-Rs. 1,991), Hotel Aroma Classic (Tariff-Rs. 721)
The prominent annual events and festivities in Kullu include the Dussehra, Pipal Jatra, Shamshi Virshu, Mela Bhuntar, Sainj Fair, Luhri Lavi, Anni Fair, Dalash Fair, Ganter Fair, Ghatasani Fair, Dhoongri Fair, Bhadoli Fair, Buddhi Diwali, Phagli Fair, Birshu Fair and the Sharhi Jatra.
The Language spoken in the valley is Kullu, a Western Pahari language spoken in many parts of Himachal Pradesh.
Places to Visit
Some of the tourist attractions in the place include Raison, Shoja (69kms), Kasol, Naggar (26kms), Kaisdhar (15kms) and the Chandrakhani Pass.
How to Get There
The Kullu-Manali airport is at Bhuntar town, situated on NH21; while the Chandigarh airport is the nearest large airport.
Being a hill-station Kullu is not approachable by rail. The nearest major railway station is at Chandigarh (235 km) away; while Joginder Nagar which is at a distance of 100 kms is a small railways station.
The Kullu bus stand is in the center of town and there are many great bus operators like Leo Travel Heights, Kanak Holidays, Himachal Volvo Bus and Mangalam Holidays and Travels. If you are booking bus tickets online check out for discount codes at Ticketgoose.com.
Jassur is a small town in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The area is not far from the neighbouring states of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Punjab. The picturesque city of Dharamshala lies at a distance of 64 km east. Another town famed for its scenic beauty is Kangra, at a distance of 66 km.
Places to Stay
Jassur, being a small town, does not have options when it comes to lodging facilities, which is why tourists have to consider Dharamshala with a lot of budget hotels to offer. Some of the places which are worth trying are Royal hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Staywell Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), WH grace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Sajan Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the area is Hindi. Kangri is the regional language spoken.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Buddha Jayanti in May, Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Located in the midst of mountains, the region is a great picnic spot. One can even plan a nice evening picnic in the hills to catch the beautiful glimpse of the sunset. Some of the places which are worth visiting in the area are McLeodGanj (69 km away), Bhagsunag Waterfalls (69 km), Kangra Museum in Kangra (67 km), Jama Masjid Dharamshala and others. Trekkers are guaranteed a fabulous time in the area.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kangra or Gaggal Airport at a distance of 55 km.
Pathankot Junction Railway Station in Pathankot is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 21 km.
It is mostly state transport buses which cater to the needs of passengers in the region. Buses to the town are mostly available from Kangra, Dharamshala and Pathankot. Online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com is one of the safest and convenient ways to get your tickets.