Kullu is a valley between the majestic Himalayas and is known as the valley of Gods. The serene beas river runs through this valley. Manali is located in the lap of th Kullu valley. The Kullu valley is surrounded by snow clad peaks of the Himalayas. The biggest attraction of Manali is its closeness to the snowline. Manali is a favourite with honeymooning couples and those who love adventure sports.
Manali literally translated means the home of Manu, the Hindu mythological character who survived when the whole world was drowned in floods. He came to Manali to recreate human life. For this reason Manali is sacred to the Hindus and they treat it as a place of piligrimmage.
Kulu, the valley of Gods is one of the most beautiful regions in the Western Himalayas. Kullu is also mentioned in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata and also the Vishnu Purana.
During the spring season, you can find Kullu at its colourful best as flowers blossom in pink and white and the gorgeous rhododendrons, blossom on the higher slopes of the Himalaya. During autumn, you can see the fields and forests covered in tints of crimson and during winters in December, the only greenery you see is the pine and cedars in the forest.
Places to visit around Manali are:
The Rohtang Pass, this pass opens for public in mid-June and closes in November.
Keylong: This is a small village amidst the green fields of barley and buckwheat. This town is the headquarters of the Lahul and Spiti district. The Karding Monastery is located 3.5 kilometres from Keylong.
Places to visit in Kullu are:
Raghunathji Temple: In the 17th century, Raja Jagat singh installed an idol of Lord Raghunathji. He had brought this from Ayodhya.
Vaishno Devi: This place is famous and pilgrims from all parts of India, visit this place. It is said that your wishes get fulfilled here.
The other places to visit are, the Jagannti temple, the Bijli Mahadev temple,the great Himalayan national park and the Kanwar sanctuary.