Cuddled between the Pir Panjal and Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan ranges, Kullu, the second cousin of Manali, is famous for its temples, highlands, pine and deodar woodlands, and expansive apple orchards. In ancient times, Kullu Valley formed one of the chief trade corridors linking Central Asia. It is the site for many pilgrimages for Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. Kullu provides the great escape from the mad city rush. With ample opportunities and things to do and , it is an alternative to Manali, which can get very busy during the tourist season.
White water rafting in Beas happens throughout the year, except during the monsoon – July to September. The trip usually starts at Jhiri, and depending on your interest, you could go for easy rapids or high grade rapids. There are packages available for 3km, 7km as well as 14km.
Roads with just the correct incline, and that can be easily navigated, lush green hills and the river Beas running by it make Kullu a popular destination for bikers. Carry cycles with you if traveling in a car, or hire them from the local stores. Ride around Kullu and discover its little bylanes or take a trip to Kasol, 30km away or Manikaran, some 35km away. The former is an interesting place buzzing with international travelers, good cafes. And the latter is where the famous hot water spring is.
Fishing in the river Beas, surrounded by mountains and greenery is an experience not to be missed There are great spots in Kullu for angling. Take equipment on rent and head to either the Beas or the Parvati river, Spend your day lounging around the river and catching some good fish.
Keep one whole day to explore Kasol, a little village 30km from Kullu. Situated by the river Parvati, Kasol is a popular backpackers’ destination, with a scenic river, a laid back vibe and some great food. Young Israelis tend to stay here for weeks. So you are sure to find some delicious Israeli cuisine
Undertake an arduous, day long trek to the famous Bijli Mahadev Temple. It is a beautiful forest trail with little paths, covered by dense tress, and then suddenly you will have an expanse of breathtaking views. It takes about 8 hours to get to the temple and back. Do this only if you are fit. Take packed lunches, stop en route at the view points while on your way to the top and back.