Tourist Spots in KulluKullu, a district and a city of Himachal Pradesh is also known as “Valley of Gods”. For its charming scenic beauty, hills carpeted with green, glistening waterfalls, fast-flowing rivers, numerous apple orchards and dazzling snow-capped mountains, Kullu gets flocked by all types of tourists throughout the year. Not only tourists from within the country but quite a huge numbers of overseas tourists keep coming to this one of the favorite tourist destination located in North India. Awe-inspiring natural beauty, warm people and rich tradition and culture of Kullu makes it one of the most favorite travel destinations of people of all genres.
Kullu has world-wide fame for its marvelous artistry, traditional festivals and brilliantly carved temples showcasing architectural and cultural splendor. Kullu also offers opportunities for numerous adventure sports and activities to the adventure freaks. This article will throw light on all the important tourist spots in Kullu that one cannot afford to miss during their visit to Kullu and its adjoining places.
Pandoh Dam - A Man-Made BeautyWith time, many structures have been constructed in Kullu and they work towards betterment of the people residing in this area. Dams and bridges are the best examples of such man-made creations. If you are interested in looking at a wonderful creation of human that is a work of beauty and at the same time caters the need of electricity in Kullu and its adjoining areas then Pandoh Dam is the place that you should never miss out. The dam is built at an altitude of 76 m on the Beas River.
The lake is the water reservoir of Pandoh Dam and total 5 bays are there to regulate the distribution of water. The dam is constructed with earth and rock and is an architectural marvel in its own.
Brighu Lake - Enjoying Serenity and SanctityLocated about an altitude of 4240 m, Bhrigu Lake in Kullu District is a very important and sacred lake. The lake is located in the east direction of Rohtang Pass. As per the legends, this lake has been blessed by Sage Bhrigu who had come at this region and meditated here. The area is surrounded by dense forest of Oak, Fir and Pine. Many trekking routes of this region pass through this lake area. Nature lovers come here to enjoy breathtaking view one can enjoy here.
Sultanpur Palace - Hub of Pahari Miniature PaintingsTourists who have special liking for paintings would never like to miss out this one of the most interesting places of Kullu, Sultanpur Palace. The palace is popularly known as Rupi Palace and is architecture having the blending of Colonial and Pahari Style together. The palace had to be reconstructed after it had massive damages in 1905 due to an earthquake.
Basheswar Mahadev Temple - Hinduism at its BestBasheswar Mahadev Temple is one of the most graceful and the largest temples of Kullu Region and is located in Bajaura Village. The temple was constructed during 9th Century AD and has Pyramid Style Architecture. According to the legend, the temple was built by the Pandavas when they were in exile.
The Government of India has declared this wonderful state of art, Basheswar Temple, a heritage and protected monument.
Tabo Monastery - Know BuddhismOne of the oldest monasteries of this region, Tabo Monastery was founded in 960 AD by Richen Zangpo. The monastery is visited by tourists as it has many texts and inscriptions on the walls and has rich collection of paintings and sculptures. The place not only offers serenity and amazing views of the surrounding places to the visitors but interested people can get to know a lot about Buddhism at this monastery.
Akhara Market - To Satisfy Your Shopping SpreeComing to Kullu and not doing enough shopping means your trip remains incomplete. Kullu has many shopping areas that cater to the shoppers of all types but Akhara Market remains the top in the list. Akhara Market in Kullu has become one important landmark and people keep flocking here to buy traditional items of Himachal Pradesh. The Himachali Caps, Tibetan accessories, carpets, rugs, woolen items etc. are the points of attraction here.
You can enjoy fresh fruit drinks, freshly baked cakes and many branded items for which many shops are there in the Akhara Market.
Hot Springs of Manikaran - Getting BlessedVisiting the hot springs at Manikaran and having look at the temples and the Gurudwara around will make one feel refreshed. Manikaran is associated with Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. According to the legends Devi Parvati had lost her earrings at Manikaran and this was the reason why hot springs came out on the banks of Parvati River. People take bath in these hot springs of Manikaran to have their body and mind refreshed.
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