Commonly referred to as the 'Valley of the Gods', Kullu is a veritable jewel in the crown of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Spanning over an area of 547 sq km, its marvellous landscapes, hospitable residents and a rich cultural heritage have drawn travellers for years. According to local lore, Kullu was known as Kulanthpitha in the past, meaning the end point of the inhabitable world. It also finds mention in the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Historians are of an opinion that once upon a time, Kullu boasted several Buddhist monasteries, along with numerous Hindu temples, and that people of both faiths co-existed peacefully in the Kullu Valley. The valley is once said to have been rich in gold, silver, red copper, crystal and bell metal. 

Its several enjoyable trekking routes, the beautiful Parbati Valley and quaint temple architecture are also very appealing. The teeming biodiversity of the Great Himalayan National Park acts as another attraction for tourists. October to February, during winters, is considered to be the best time to visit Kullu, and if you like the cold, then plan a trip in January. Kullu lies about  40 km from Manali.

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