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.
Nahan is a city in the picturesque North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The nearest major urban agglomeration is Chandigarh at a distance of 84 km west. This picturesque place is located on the top of a hill amidst the Shiwalik Hills. Historically, saints and princes have been associated with Nahan. Temple-goers will also find a lot of reasons to visit this place.
Places to Stay
There are a couple of budget hotels in the place. Some of the options which are worth considering are Hill View (Tariff – Rs. 500), Satyam Shivam Sundram (Tariff – Rs. 700), Pontika Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Giri View Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the area is Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti, Dusshera in September-October, Guru Nanak Gurpurab and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
Walks in the midst of scenery are a common occurrence amongst the natives, both youngsters as well as older people. Some of the places famous for these walks are Villa Round, Hospital Round and Mall Round. Apart from these, famous places of religious worship include Rani Tal Shiv Temple, Shiv Ji Temple, Jagannath Temple and Saltevni Kalisthan Temple. The Suketi Fossil Park is another interesting spot.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chandigarh Airport at a distance of 78 km.
The nearest major railway station is the Ambala Cantonment Railway Station in Ambala at a distance of 65 km.
Mostly state transport buses which cater to the needs of passengers in the region. A few smaller private operators are active too. Buses to the area are available from both Ambala as well as Chandigarh. Online bus ticket reservation is the best way to get your tickets without standing in serpentine queues.