Nirmand, known as the ĎKashi of the Himalayas', is the largest and most ancient village, situated in Kullu District
, Himachal Pradesh
. This beautiful hamlet stands overlooking the Satluj Valley
and is about 150 km from Shimla
and 17 km from Rampur
Nirmand is renowned for its exquisite wood and stone temples of the 6th and the 7th centuries. Steeped in history, its existence dates back to early Vedic period and the name is derived from the Sanskrit word 'nar-mund', which means a manís head. It is believed that Lord Parashuram made the Brahmins settle here to eliminate the Kshatriyas, from the face of the earth.
Nirmand is famous for its annual Buddi Diwali fair, which falls one month after Diwali and the Bhunda festival, celebrated once in 12 years.