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Kullu-Manali

Kullu-Manali

Weather

The Kullu-Manali region experiences pleasant climatic conditions throughout the year. Summers begin in March and last till June. The temperature ranges between 10°C to 25°C and the climate remains comfortable during the day but becomes cold during the night. There is no snowfall. However, snow is found on high altitudes.


 


The monsoon season, extending from the month of July to the middle of September, experiences continuous rainfall. Unexpected landslides occur from time to time. The season of winter, lasting from October to February, is characterized by cool climate and minimum temperatures. The temperature can fall below 0°C and is accompanied by heavy snowfall. The best time to visit Kullu and Manali is from the month of September to June.

How To Reach

By Road:

State owned buses belonging to the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation can be availed from Kullu, connecting with nearby cities. Road network connects Kullu with Chandigarh, Delhi, Pathankot and Shimla via deluxe tourist buses. Manali is connected to other tourist destinations in the Himachal region via regular and private deluxe bus service.


By Air:

The airport closest to Kullu-Manali is Bhuntar, situated at a distance of 10km from the heart of the city of Kullu and 50 km from Manali. Taxis are available for hire from Bhuntar to Kullu and Manali. Bhuntar is connected to the capital city of Delhi via air. The nearest international airport is Delhi, almost 565 km away from the city of Manali. Delhi Airport connects the region with most of the important cities in India as well as several overseas locations.



By Rail:

Situated at a distance of 125 km away from Kullu is the Jogindernagar Railway Station which happens to be the closest railhead from both Kullu and Manali. The railway station is connected to all major cities in India via Chandigarh which lies 270 km away from the city of Kullu. Ambala is another major railway line located almost 300 km away from Manali. 


Overview

Kullu, popular as the "Valley of Gods", is located amidst the lofty Himalaya Mountains and the swift-flowing Beas River. Earlier known as Kulanthpitha, this gorgeous valley has found mention in the Indian epics like The Mahabharata and The Ramayana. The city has managed to cling on to some of its centuries-old traditions and its quaint charm. Basically a group of magnificent valleys, Kullu offers the perfect tourist spot amidst the lap of Mother Nature.

 

Located at an altitude of 1230 m, Kullu is blessed with sufficient natural resources. The valley has captured the imagination of the tourists with its sprawling landscapes, friendly locals, rich traditions and cultures, and adventure sports options. The scenic views are dotted with snow-capped peaks, lush green fields, sparkling rivers and bountiful apple orchards. Kullu is perfect for escaping the trappings of the monotonous life in the city. The valley is famed for its intricately carved temples, art and cultural festivals. Large crowds gather every year to take part in amazing attractions of the city.

 

Manali, on the other hand, happens to be a scenic hill station covered by dense pinewoods and snowy mountains with the winding River Beas flowing through it. Located within the state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is noted for its aesthetic beauty. Situated at an altitude of 6260 ft, Manali is the premier hill station of the Kullu Valley. This beautiful hill resort is sandwiched between the mighty Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar Peaks. Considered to be the holy abode of several gods and goddesses, Manali is known as the queen of the valleys. 

 

The gentle breeze, expansive meadows and charming settlements have imparted a regal look to the serene ambiance of the city of Manali. A bustling holiday destination, Manali is the site of several colorful fairs, festivals and sacred shrines.

 

Kullu-Manali provides tourists with several opportunities to indulge in shopping. While Kullu is famous for gadmas, caps and shawls, Manali is the best place to shop for imported goods, rugs and local handicrafts. Several private shops are available in Kullu along with government co-operatives and emporiums. Manali boasts of several shopping zones. 

 

The cuisine of Kullu-Manali is simple and healthy. The main crops in these mountain regions are paddy and maize. The staple diet in the Kullu-Manali region includes wheat, pulses, vegetables and rice. Tea happens to be the most popular drink, followed by lassi, curd, milk and butter. Special food consisting of vadas, vegetables, and bhaturas are cooked during special festivals. Madra, curry, raita are commonly served on leaf plates. The daily diet of the locals consists of sattu. Wine is prepared by the locals from red rice and barley.

 

Kullu-Manali is a dream destination for honeymooners. Adventure lovers also love this place for its wide opportunities available. River rafting, trekking and wild life exploration are the main activities awaiting here for the adventurous souls.