Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, is a very cool and calm place in the lap of nature. Every direction of the valley provides tranquility to the eyes and peace to the mind with its never ending beauty.
Kullu is famous for its tradition and culture which is closely connected with the Deities.Kullu is the home of hundreds of Deities. People of Kullu have great faith in Deities and each village follow at least one Deity. A large area in kullu is covered with Apple orchards. Kullu is a main producer of apple in the state.
Manali is a world wide famous hill station in the district. Rohtang pass paves the way to the Lahaul Valley. Hot water spring besides the freezing cold water of parbati river in Manikaran is another place of interest to the visitors. There are many places to see in Kullu as Naggar, Marhi, Vashisht etc. Bijli Mahadev offers a fine trekking route.
Kullu is also a home for adventure sports. Skiing in Solan Nala, Mountaineering in Manali and River Rafting in Beas river are the main adventure sports
Kullu celebrates ten days long festival 'Dussehra' in the month of October which is an internal fair. Almost 300 Deities of the region participate in the festival.
History at a Glance
Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha - 'the end of the habitable world'. It was also known as 'Kulluta' as mentioned in Sanskrit literature. The Chinese pilgrim monk Hieun Tsang visited the Kullu Valley in 634 or 635 CE. He described it as a fertile region completely surrounded by mountains.
The ancient seat of the kings of Kullu was at Naggar Castle, about 12 km north of the present town, and thought to have been built in the early 17th century by Raja Sidh Singh. Raja Jagat Singh moved the capital in the middle of the 17th century to its present position, and called it Sultanpur.
Malana village in the district is known as the oldest democracy in the world. Even today some decisions are made through ancient methods.
Geography and Climate
Kullu district is located between 31o58'00" North latitude and 77o06'4" East longitude. Kullu lies between lesser and great Himalayas. It's height varies from 1200 mtrs to 6000 mtrs. Beas, Satluj and Parbati main rivers of kullu.
Climate of the district is cool and dry. It receives moderate rainfall and most of it in the monsoons. In winters higher ranges of the districts get heavy snowfall. It makes the temperature very cold in the winters, while it remains moderate in the summers
- Area: 5,739km2
- Population: 4,37,474
- Literacy Rate: 80.14%
- Language: Hindi, English, Pahari and Kulluvi
- Tehsils (5): Kullu, Nirmand, Banjar, Manali and Anni.
- Sub-Tehsils (1): Sainj.
- Sub divisions (4): Kullu, Anni, Banjar and Manali.
- Assembly constituencies (4): Kullu, Anni, Banjar and Manali.