Kulu is also called as Kullu. It is the capital city of the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the edges of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley. Kulu is the historical place which is famous for the beauty of its majestic mountains, totally covered with pine and deodar forests and sprawling apple orchards. This is a broad and large open valley formed by the Beas River between Mandi and Larji.
In Ancient days Kulu is called Kulanthpitha, which means 'the end point of the inhabitable world', the valley of Kullu has its name mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures and epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and even the Puranas. The Hindu sovereigns of the region originally ruled over an area that was limited to the upper Beas River valley, with the capital in the old village of Jagatsukh near Manali. Kullu grew in importance when it was made the capital of the district in the mid-17th century after the idol of Lord Raghunathji was brought here. Kullu was not very easily accessible and remained isolated from the world till the 1950’s; this helped conserve its natural beauty and century-old customs. It got its first real access only after the Indian Independence when it was declared the district headquarters.
Kulu, a popular tourist place generally coupled with Manali which is on much higher altitude and provides more scenic views, is a broad open valley with panoramic views and majestic hills covered with Deodar and Pine trees. Kullu is a nature lover's paradise. Abundant with lush greenery, pristine river streams and good climate, Kulu is known as one of the most popular tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh.
Reaching Kullu from nearby states or cities like Chandigarh, Shimla, Delhi, Mandi, Pathankot etc. has become quite easy due to well built roads and frequent buses run by HPRTC(Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation).
Kullu has its nearest rail station Jogindernagar a place about 125 KM away from Kullu. After getting down at Jogindernagar , it is possible to reach Kullu by hiring cabs or taxis. Many travellers prefer to get down at Chandigarh Railway Station as regular bus services of all types of buses are available from Chandigarh. Taxis and private cars also available for hiring from Chandigarh station to reach Kullu.
Kullu has its nearest airport at Bhuntar, a place only 10 KM away from Kullu. Regular flights from Shimla to Kullu and from Delhi to Kullu make it easier for the travellers to save time and reach this beautiful hill station without any hassle. Buses are available at the airport to reach Kullu Town but the most preferred transport is the taxi.
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