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Kullu and Manali are one of the finest Hill stations in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The district begins from the Rampur village in the south to the Rohtang pass in the North. The Kullu valley is nicknamed as the valley of Gods. The Kullu valley is situated on the banks of the Beas River. The other prominent valley in the district is the Lug valley which is the largest source of timber. Towards 40km north of the district lies the Manali town which is also the prominent tourist destination for both Indian and foreign tourists.
Manali is a Hill station at an altitude of 6,726 ft in the Kullu district on the banks of the Beas River. It is located at a distance of 270 km north to the state capital Shimla. The small town was once the ancient trade route to Ladakh and through the Karakoram Pass to Yarkand, Khotan, and Tarim Basin.
The Kullu valley is blessed with excellent nature’s beauty, waterfalls, streams, and picturesque locations. This is regarded as the most popular tourist destination for Honeymoon couples and adventure lovers. The insurgency and militant infiltrations in Srinagar has made this place popular and most loved tourist destination. The valley which is located on the banks of Beas River spreads across 80km south of this river and is about 2km broad. The Indian film industry no matter it is Bollywood or any other regional industry depends heavily on this valley for their film shooting. It is truly a paradise for adventure lovers. River rafting, skiing, mountaineering, para sailing, para gliding, trekking are the prominent adventure activities that can be undertaken on a tour to Kullu Manali. The tourists from within the country visit this place in the month of May & June to escape from the hot climatic conditions. The valley is also famous for the beautifully knit woolen shawls, sweaters, and Kullu caps.
Manali is a primary attraction for people who want to visit the Himalayas. This is usually a base camp for numerous mountaineers who scale the peaks of the Himalayas. Rohtang Pass is very much popular among the tourists. There are numerous schools and colleges which organize study tours to these destinations to understand the flora, fauna and natural landscapes. The lush green forests, alpine meadows, gurgling rivulets and high snow covered mountains offer excellent delight for the tourists. It is an important destination to relax from your hectic city schedules.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to Kullu Manali is in the Bhuntar town which lies on the NH21. This airport is commonly addressed as Kullu-Manali Airport. It is located at a distance of 50 Km south of Manali and 10Km towards south of Kullu town. Air India operates daily flights except Thursday to Bhuntar Airport. There are also some low fare airlines operating between Delhi-Manali and Chandigarh –Manali. The nearest international airport is in Chandigarh which is at a distance of 340 Km.
Kullu and Manali are well connected by road to Delhi (ISBT), Ambala, Chandigarh (ISBT Sector 43), Shimla, Dehradun, Pathankot, Dharamsala, and Dalhousie. NH1 starts from national capital and touches Chandigarh. Thereafter one can travel through NH21 to reach Kullu vie Bilaspur, Sundernagar and Mandi. The distance between Delhi to Manali is 533 Km. There is numerous bus services from Himachal Road ways, Delhi Roadways and Punjab Roadways operating regularly to Manali. There are also several private tour operators providing Volvo and sleeper coaches. The local transport operates between Kullu-Manali and Manikaran frequently. Facilities of hired taxi are also available.
The nearest broad gauge rail heads are Kiratpur and Chandigarh at a distance of 275 km. The nearest narrow gauge is located at Joginder Nagar which is located at a distance of 135 Km. Bus and taxi facilities are available from both these railway destinations.