Basheshwar Mahadev Temple is located in the village of Bajura of the Kullu district on the National Highway 21 at a distance of 15 km from the town. The temple, situated on the banks of river Beas, is known for its stone carvings, sculptures and shikharas or towers which are flat topped.
The temple enshrines a large idol of the Yoni Lingam which represents Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, and his consort, Goddess Parvati. Floriated scrollwork decorate the exterior of the temple while intricate stone carvings the inside. Small shrines of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation, Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, Durga, the embodiment of feminine force in the Hindu religion, and Ganesha, the Hindu elephant-god, can be seen outside the temple.
Gaurishankar Temple is a renowned religious site of the destination, which is situated in Naggar. This temple was constructed between the 11th and 12th centuries. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Gauri Shankar Temple is believed to be the last monument built in the Gurjara-Pratihara traditions.The main attractions of the temple are its stone carvings and the front of the garbhagriha, or small unlit shrine, which features carvings of the figures of the Hindu elephant-god, Ganesh, flowers, a musician and a dancer. The temple is built like a pyramid on an elevated platform with a square shape at the base and dome shape on the top.
Fishing is a popular activity in the valley of Kullu. The rivers here are full of brown and rainbow trout fish that are good for angling. Banjar, located 58 km from Kullu on the banks of the Tirthan river, is a popular destination for fishing. Naggar is another popular fishing destination of the region.
Apart from these places, tourists can also enjoy fishing in Rasol and Katrain. The best time for fishing here is during April to June and September to November.
Pin Valley National Park situated in the valley of Spiti is the only national park in the state of Himachal Pradesh, which is positioned in a cold desert area. Sprawled over an area of 675 sq km, this park was founded in 1987. The park is home to around 20 species of animals and birds and is known for protecting the endangered snow leopard. Some of the animals commonly found here include the pika, bharal, chukor, weasel, golden eagle, ibex, Himalayan chough, marten, red fox, snow cock, griffon, bearded vulture and raven.
The flora of the Pin Valley consist of around 400 plants species along with herbs and spices. Herbs found here have rich medicinal properties which can be used for preparing medicines. Travellers will have to get permission of the director of the Pin Valley Park to enter this park.
Deo Tibba, located to the south-east of Manali, at an altitude of 6001 m, is popular amongst tourists as a base for trekking. While undertaking a trek to Deo Tibba, travellers will come across the Jagatsukh village situated 5 km from Manali. From there, the travellers need to walk to Khanol that lies at an altitude of 2200 m.
Mountaineering is one of the popular adventurous activities that can be undertaken by visitors in Kullu owing to the several mountains in the region. The place has numerous virgin peaks and easily reachable base camps. The ideal place for an amateur is the region of Deo Tibba, Beas Kund and Hanuman Tibba. For an expert mountaineer, the region of Chandratal, Beas Kund and Malana Glaciers can serve as a challenge. People can avail more information or help regarding mountaineering equipment from the Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering, which is situated at Aleo in Manali. Training sessions and courses on mountaineering are also provided by this department.
Paragliding is one activity that Kullu is famous for throughout the country. The region is counted amongst the best places in India where people can enjoy paragliding. Kullu serves as a perfect launch site for an aero-sport enthusiast, apart from Bir, Solang and Mahadev. The months between February and June and September and November are best for paragliding here. Tourists can avail more information regarding this from the Himachal Mountaineering Institute and Allied Sports in Manali.
Chandrakhani Pass positioned 3600 m above sea level lies in the valley of Parbati which is connected with the valleys of Malana and Kullu. Popular for its natural beauty, this pass serves as a perfect trekking base. A small hamlet known as Malana, where trekkers can halt, is located just below this pass. The months between May and October are considered ideal for trekking through this pass.
Kaisdhar, located on the lush highland of Khajjiar, is a popular picnic spot situated 15 km from Kullu. Encircled by deodar trees, the meadow is picturesque and ideal for spending some leisurely time.
Jagannathi Devi Temple, dedicated to Bhubaneswar, the sister of the Hindu god of preservation, Vishnu, is a renowned pilgrimage site at Bekhli, Kullu. According to local belief, the Jagannathi Devi Temple was built around 1500 years ago. The temple lies at an altitude of 1800 m above sea level and can be reached after a 90-minute trek to the top.
The walls of the Jagannathi Devi Temple are embellished with images of Goddess Durga, the embodiment of feminine force in the Hindu religion. The idol enshrined in the temple showcases the Gaddi and Rajasthani tribal style of craftsmanship. A popular folklore narrates the story of a shepherd boy who discovered two girls dancing to the tune of his magical flute. According to the tale, the boy caught hold of one of the girls who revealed her true identity as a goddess. Ever since, the goddess decided to reside in the village of Bekhli.
Raghunath Temple is a prominent religious site in Manali, which is devoted to the Hindu deity, Raghunath Ji. The idol enshrined in the temple is said to have been taken from the Tretnath Temple of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. According local belief, this idol was once used by Rama, the seventh avatar of the Hindu god of preservation, Vishnu.
This temple, constructed in 1650 AD, showcases the beautiful combination of pyramidal and Pahari, a broad generalisation of groups of people living in the Himalayan foothills towards the north of India, architectural style.
The locals believe that the presiding deity of this pilgrimage site is the protector of the valley. According to a legend, Raja Jagat Singh had built the Raghunath Temple to absolve himself of his sins of the past.
Rafting is a popular adventure sport that can be undertaken in Kullu. Travellers here can take up rafting in the river Beas from April end to June and from mid-September to mid-October. The river suits both amateurs as well as trained rafters.
Bijli Mahadev Temple, situated along the banks of the Beas river, is a popular pilgrimage site of Kullu located in proximity to Manali. Dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, this site is located at an elevation of 2450 m above sea level.
This temple represents the Pahari, a broad generalisation of groups of people living in the Himalayan foothills towards the north of India, architectural style and is renowned for its 60 ft tall staff. According to local belief, the ‘Shiva lingam’, the idol symbolising Shiva, inside the shrine had broken into pieces because of lightening. Later, the priests of the temple joined the shattered ‘Shiva lingam’ with butter.
This ceremony of joining the parts of the Shivlinga takes place annually. Tourists planning to visit this temple have to climb an uphill path that is flanked by pine trees. The beautiful views of the Parvati as well as the Kullu valleys can be seen from the temple.
Hanogi Mata Temple is a famous religious centre of Kullu that lies on the Mandi-Manali National Highway. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Hango Mata and devotees visit here all through the year. The location of this temple is quite picturesque as it is positioned on the top of a small peak and is surrounded with green mountains.