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Kullu District

Kullu District, situated on both sides of the river Beas, was once known as Kulanthpitha which means the end of the habitable world. The Kullu valley is filled with forests, alpine meadows, gurgling rivulets, tiny fields and fruit orchards. In winter the temperature goes below 0 C with heavy snow fall and summer is pleasant. Manali, the famous hill station 40 km away from Kullu towards the northern end, offers a spectacular view of snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes.

The Kullu valley is famous for hand made shawls and kullu caps which are made of a woollen cloth with variety of colourful bands of Shaneel around it. Kullu handicrafts are also known as felted wool. Akhara Bazaar is the main bazaar where Kullu caps, shawls, pattoos, gudmas and puhlas are sold in plenty.

The tourist attractions are the Great Himalayan National Park, Bijli Mahadev temple, Basheshwar Mahadev temple, Brighu Lake, Dashir Lake, Deo Tibba Peak which is also known as Indralika, Kanawar sanctuary, Kaisdhar, Raghunathji temple, Shoja Hill Station and Sultanpur palace. Adventure sports include skiing, trekking, water rafting and sailing the skies over deep gorges. The major festivals are Lohri and Dussehra.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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