Kullu in One DayAmidst of nature surrounded by high mountains, valley and forest, Kullu is the valley of Gods and is an important fruit basket of India. Kullu is rich in natural resources and it is also rich in culture and history. Tourists of all types keep coming here including the ones who have special liking for adventure sports. Kullu may be stop over for the travelers who are willing to travel to other places of Himachal or Kullu could be a very good weekend destination for the travelers who are willing to have a day of rejuvenation and refreshment after their hectic and monotonous life.
Travelling to Kullu in One DayThough Kullu has many interesting places to visit and offers lots of activities and sports to try out still if one could frame the itinerary of Kullu visit in day very carefully he/she may not miss out all they want to do in Kullu. Here in this article we are providing how one can enjoy 24 hours in Kullu.
Early BreakfastAs Kullu is a high altitude place, it takes time to travel from one place to the other in such terrains. It is better to start off early for the day’s outing in Kullu. Kullu has restaurants and in-house eateries in the hotels. You must have your breakfast there and get ready for your outing fast. Kullu delicacies at the Spice House Restaurant, fresh trout fish dishes, dimsums can be tried out or you can try out at the multi-cuisine restaurant of Hotel Shobha International. Places like railway station, bus stands etc. have many road side restaurants that offer food of different types. Enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee and start your journey.
It is advisable to hire a private car/taxi for a day’s outing in Kullu. This will save time and journey will be comfortable and tailor-made. Buses both state run and private are available to take travelers from one part of Kullu to the other.
Destination 1 - Sultanpur PalaceSultanpur or Rupi Palace in Kullu is never-to-miss destination of Kullu. It is the resident of the Royal Family so prior permission must be taken in order to step into this wonderful work of architecture. The palace was damaged in the earthquake of 1905 and was reconstructed keeping the originality of the architecture. Sultanpur Palace has an architecture that is a blending of Colonial and Pahari Style. This palace has a huge collection of Pahari Miniature Paitings each of these paintings is a masterpiece in its own.
Destination 2- Raghunathji TempleAfter an hour spent at the marvelous Rupi Palace, it is time to seek the blessings of Lord Raghunathji, the main deity of Kullu. Raghunathji Temple located in near proximity of Rupi Palace is an important shrine of the Hindus. The temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh Ji as an act of repentance. The idol of Lord Rama or Raghunathji that is installed in this temple was bought from Ayodhaya. The temple was built in 17th Century AD. The other temples in the nearby area, Hanuman Temple and Shiv Temple can also be visited before you head towards the next destination.
It is better to have some light snacks before heading towards the next destination - Manikaran. Many road side eateries are available where you can have snacks and have tea/coffee or fruit juice. After rejuvenating yourself it is time to head towards the next destination.
Destination 3- ManikaranManikaran is famous for its amazing landscaped and many religious shrines belonging to the Hindus and the Sikhs. As per the Hindu Mythology, it is believed that Manu had recreated life at Manikaran after entire universe was destroyed by the flood. Manikaran has many temples belonging to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rama. There is a Gurudwara in Manikaran which is visited by numerous Sikh devotees. People take dip in natural hot-water springs in Manikaran to refresh their body and soul.
Lunch can be taken at the Langar at Manikaran Gurudwara or the nearby hotels or restaurants. If you are running out of time, lunch can be taken on the way to Kullu.
Destination 4- Shopping Places of KulluAfter returning back to Kullu and having light snacks and tea in the evening , now it is time to visit the local market in Kullu. The outing will remain incomplete without buying Himachali caps, woolen garments and varieties of Tibetan accessories that one could get at various markets of Kullu like Sultanpur Market, Akhara Bazaar and also at the Tibetan Market. All these markets are the favorite places for the shoppers of all types. Fresh fruits and fresh fruits items are must-buy from Kullu Markets.
Dinner and Night StayThe entire evening you can spend visiting these market places and shop till you drop. After hectic shopping schedule now it is time to have sumptuous dinner and have a wonderful sleep at night. Various places to stay are Hotel Shobha International, Himalayan Hamlet Valley view Hotel and Resort, Hotel Sangam and others.
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