Kullu is the capital town of the Kullu district of the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley about 9 km from Bhuntar Airport.
Kullu Valley is a broad open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Largi. The valley is known for its great temples and its magnificent hills covered with the pine and deodar forest and sprawling apple orchards.
The course of the Beas River presents a succession of magnificent, clad with forests of deodar, towering above trees of pine on the lower rocky ridges.
Kullu valley is located between the Pir Panjal. Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan Ranges at high altitude of about 1,269 meters above from the sea level.
The name Kullu derives from the word “Kulant Peeth”, meaning “end of the habitable world”. As per legends, during the Great Flood, Manu visited this valley but he was unable to cross the Rohtang Pass.
He named the last settlement he found as Kulant Peeth. And he chose to settle and meditate in what has now become the town of Manali (Manu’s Place). The name further devolved into “Kulant”, as the kingdom was known for a long time, before finally being known by the current name of Kullu.
Tourist attractions in the Kullu valley are – River Rafting Point, Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, Raghunath Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Dashehra Ground at Dhalpur, Angora Rabbit Breeding Farm, Kullu Handicraft Industry, Kasol Valley, Tosh, Manikaran and Malana etc.
The road distance from Delhi to Chandigarh is 250 km and from Chandigarh to Kullu is 278 km. The total distance from Delhi to Kullu thus is around 528 km and 220 Km from Shimla.