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A Week In Kullu


Solang Nala Kullu conceals passes hiding magical powers, rivers flowing rythmically, temples strengthening human beliefs and such peaks that have been the abode of sages since long times. The Valley of Gods, has a number of must see destinations which are recommended even during a short visit. Here is a recommended daily schedule:

Day 1: On first day, one can visit Hadimba Temple (1.5km from Manali) and Manu Temple (2km from Manali).
You can also see the Tibetan Monastery , which is in Manali town itself.

Rafting in river BeasDay 2: The day can be spent while River Rafting at Pirdi (40km from Manali) during April- June and October. On the way back to Manali one can pay a visit to the Bhuttico (a co-operative society involved in making quality shawls at Shamshi) which offers a variety of shawls and is educative in the art of manufacturing shawls.

Day 3: Plan a visit to Manikaran (85km from Manali) which is famous for its natural hot water springs and ancient temples.
You can stop on the way and visit Vaishno Devi Temple, Kullu Shawls Weaving Industries and German Angora Rabbit Farm at Kullu. Before Manikaran you can visit a beautiful tourist village Kasol which is at a distance of 80km from Manali.

Finally on reaching Manikaran visit the temple and gurudawara and have a refreshing bath in the hot water springs. You can stay overnight at Manikaran and Kasol or you can even choose to go back to Manali on the same day.

Day 4: Visit Naggar, which is 21km from Manali on the left bank of River Beas. It is famous for its 500 year old Naggar Castle (1km from Naggar bus stop) and Roerich Art Gallery (1.5km) from Naggar bus stand) and beautiful old temples as those of Tripura Sundri, Murlidhar, and Jagati Patt.
Temple of Chamunda Devi at Nashala, 3km from Naggar is also worth- visiting. The divine temple of goddess Chamunda surrounded by tall deodar trees is a pleasant site.

Day 5: Rohtang Pass (51km to the north of Manali) or the pass of the dead offers a grand view of Kullu and Lahaul Valleys (4111m). It is a full day trip.
On the way one can visit Kothi (15km from Manali), Gulaba (20km from Manali), Rahla falls (27km from Manali), Marhi (37km from Manali).
On the way back one can visit Solang Nala (2480m) which is at a distance of 13km from Manali. Solang is a beautiful picnic spot very famous for adventure sports (skiing and paragliding).

On the way back to Manali visit Sandhya Gayatri Temple at Jagatsukh which is at a distance of 14km from Naggar, Vishnu Temple at Sajla, 7km from Naggar and Kartikeya Swami Temple at Khakhnal, 12km from Naggar. Overnight stay in Naggar is a nice option.

Bijli Mahadev TempleDay 6: A full day trip to Bijli Mahadev Temple (at a distance of 54km from Manali). It is situated on the top of a hill which provides a panoramic view of the twin valleys of Parvati and Beas rivers. The place is also ideal for camping .
It is about two and a half hours drive from Manali to Chansari village and then 2.5km trek from the village, through thick pine forest and lush green meadows to the temple.

Day 7: You may spend the day shopping in Kullu and Manali before leaving for your respective destinations.
Kulvi handicrafts , jewellery , antiques, driftwood , etc. are something you'll love to take home.
 

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