Kullu-Manali

According to popular legend, Manali is the abode of Manu or the law maker of Mankind. However, the documented history marks the beginning of modern day Manali with the coming of the British colonizers. The enchanting beauty of Manali and the cool climate captured the heart of the British who stayed in Manali particularly in the summer months.

The popular town of Manali is cocooned in a complex and variable topography. The gorgeous beauty of the Himalayas needs no introduction. The rolling verdant valleys, the forested hill sides, the sparkling streams serve unending charm and have attracted tourists time and again to this beautiful land. The Sutlez River and the Beas River criss cross through the grassy meadows and the rocky terrain. Manali also offers access to the Kinnaur, Lahaul, Spiti regions of Himachal Pradesh and the Leh and Zanskar regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

The pictorial canopies of snow in the winter months in Manali are sights to behold. The nature is at its mesmerizing best during the months of April till June and September till October. With the light drizzles of the rain, the beauty of Manali opens a newer vista. Manali is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. No wonder, Manali geography and history present an interesting picture of the hill town

  • History
    History

    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 was unable to cross the Rohtang pass. He named the last settlement he found as Kulant Peeth, and chose to settle and meditate in what has now become the town of Manali (Manu& Place). The name further devolved into ;Kulut, as the kingdom was known for a long time before finally being known by the current name of Kullu or Kulu.

    The Buddhist pilgrim monk Xuanzang visited the Kullu Valley in 634 or 635 CE. He described it as a fertile region completely surrounded by mountains, about 3,000 li in circuit, with a capital 14 or 15 li in circumference. It contained a Stupa built by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, which is said to mark the place where the Buddha preached to the local people and made conversions, Stupa was taken away by a Mughal ruler and put in feroz shah kotla maidan in Delhi. There were some twenty Buddhist monasteries, with about 1,000 monks, most of whom were Mahayanist. There were also some fifteen Hindu temples, and people of both faiths lived mixed together.

    Manali is named after the Sanatan Hindu lawgiver Manu. The name Manali is regarded as the derivative of 'Manu-Alaya' which literally means 'the abode of Manu'. Legend has it that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world. Manali lies in the North of Kullu Valley. The valley is often referred to as the 'Valley of the Gods'. Old Manali village has an ancient temple dedicated to sage Manu.

  • Culture
    Culture

    Manali people, culture and festivals reflect the distinct and unique socio-cultural life style of the indigenous inhabitants of the region. The varied culture of the region reflects the rich traditional legacy and ancestral heritage that has percolated to the modern era from the ancient past. The cultural traits of the hilly region are unaltered and unaffected by the rapid industrialization of the modern times and brings out the traditional cultural values of the society.

    The egalitarian society of Kinnaur community believe in equal division of labor between the sexes. Gujjar is another important tribe of the region who are commonly referred to as the wandering tribe of the region.Blessed with a rich traditional art and craft from the ancient times, Manali is famous for the indigenous folk songs and dance of the region. Accompanied with the enchanting melodious folk songs, the dancers perform their art with perfection and great enthusiasm.

    The indigenous tribal population of Manali prefer to wear the traditional attire. Usually spun out of wool, the colorful and attractive apparels reflect the culture of the local people of the area.Manali people, culture and festivals display the varied yet enriched socio-cultural life style of the local tribal population.

  • Tourism
    Tourism

    Nestled in the Himalayas, Kullu is a valley gifted with nature's charm and scenic beauty. Splashing rivers, water streams and lofty mountains with the finest of slopes make it a place perfect for adventure sports. It has numerous temples and is, therefore, called the "Valley of Gods". Celebration of Dussehra is in itself a prime attraction of the valley drawing many tourists every year.

    One of the prime tourist attractions of Kullu is the Raghunath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Ram, one of the most important deities of Hinduism. This temple was constructed by Raja Jagat Singh in the year 1660 to seek pardon for his sins. The king got an idol of Lord Ram from Ayodhya and placed it in this temple. Another popular hill destination, the beautiful Manali is often visited along with Kullu. It has a lot to offer tourists. Here are a few places of interest in Manali.

    Also known as the Dhundri temple, this temple is made out of wood and stone. Constructed in 1553, the Hadimba Temple was built in honour of Goddess Hadimba, the wife of Bhim, from Mahabharata epic. The walls of the temple are covered with wood carvings and on the month of May each year, animal sacrifices are carried out here for the three-day Dhungri Mela. Located at an altitude of 1,640 metres above sea level, Kasol is known for its scenic beauty. It has wide open clearings sloping down to wide expanses of clear white sands at the Parvati River. Located at a distance of 45 km from Kullu, Manikaran is famous for its hot springs and is also an important religious destination for Hindus and Sikhs. The hot water springs here are so hot that the heat from the water is used to cook food.


  • Hamta Trek
    Hamta Trek

    Hamta Pass trek is most beautiful trek around Manali and can be done by anyone reasonably fit. Hamta pass lies on beautiful Pir Panjal range and is small corridor between Lahaul and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Hamta village is located below Sethan village and from where it got its name. This pass is frequently used by Sheperds of lesser Himalayan region. Seeking for high altitude grassland in the dry cold desert of Lahaul during summer time. Numbers of wild flowers, varieties of herbs can be found at the altitude between 3000 to 3800m.

    Hamta  Pass trek is most beautiful trek around Manali and can be done by anyone reasonably fit. Hamta pass lies on beautiful Pir Panjal range and is small corridor between Lahaul and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Hamta village is located below Sethan village and from where it got its name. This pass is frequently used by Sheperds of lesser Himalayan region. Seeking for high altitude grassland in the dry cold desert of Lahaul during summer time. Numbers of wild flowers, varieties of herbs can be found at the altitude between 3000 to 3800m.
    Setting off from Manali we drive to Sethan village 2700m and continue to Panduropa - Jobri. Our starting point of trek. Setting off from Jobri first we cross the ford on Jobri nallah originating from Deo Tibba massif. The route from Chikka to Jobri passes through forest of Deodar, Oak, walnut and Birch tree. Gradual climb to Jwara and Balu ka gera. Balu ka gera is better known for Bear's den or Bear's circle. Can see only during May end to mid June. Final ascent leads through boulder and scree to the pass. Spectacular view of Indrasan 6221m and Deo Tibba 6001m only can have on clear sky. Crossing river near Shea goru camp we descend to river bed and follow the left bank of Chandra River to Chatru. Further 45 km on dirt road, driving up to Kunzom La pass (4551m) having a view of Spiti valley, 8 kms trek down in large meadows, lake of moon approached. It is 4 hrs drive back to Manali crossing Rohtang pass. With magnificent view of Manali and Solang valley while descending to Kothi.

  • Pin Parvati Pass
    Pin Parvati Pass

    Setting off from Barshaini on our 9 days trek, we start trek through thick Alpine forest. A rewarding momentsawaits us at Khir Ganga that is an open air natural hot sulphur bath. Progressively at first through dense alpine forest, followed by bushes, lakes, wild flower, pasture, peaks with long glacier, beginning to north lunar landscapes, sky rocketing peaks that illuminate the valley in dazzling hues of white, gray, green and golden yellow with the rising sun

    Pin valley promises lingering pictures of starkness and rugged beauty of the Himalayan Cold Desert. Further crossing natural rock bridge at Pandu we arrive at Mantalai Lake. At top of Pin Parvati 5319 mtrs we will have panoramic view of numerous peaks: Parvati South, Parvati North, Pinnacle, Kullu Eiger all above 6`000 m. The pass itself is a transition zone between 2 different worlds. The trek ends at the small picturesque village of Sagnum / Mikkim, surrounded by lovely barley fields. From here, a jeep safari into the Spiti valley offers opportunities of visiting beautiful ancient gompas of Kungri, Tabo, Dhankar, Lahlung and Ki as well as Kibber and Tashi Gang; 2nd highest permanently inhabited villages in the world, before returning to Manali

  • Kalihani Pass
    Kalihani Pass

    Located on Pir Panjal range and the extreme west of Manali, this Saurkundi pass 3950m and Khanpari lies at an altitude of 4025m, is one of the best and perfect spot to view Beas River valley at once. To the West lies Kalihani pass at an altitude of 4830m Connecting remote Bara Bangahal village of Kangra district. During summer to late Automn this area is mainly inhabited by Shepherds and this pass is frequently used by them to go rain shadow of high grassland. Apart from Sheperds route this area has one of the best trekking route in Manali region. Spectacular view of Great Himalayan Range and snow clad peak rising above 6000m i.e. Indrasan 6220m, Deo Tibba 6001m to the East and Maker Beh 6068m, Shikar Beh 6200m to the North and looking down the beautiful Kullu valley are main characteristics of this trek.

    Setting off from near Hadimba we climb gently through thick forest of Cedar and Oak. Climbing up through the Manalsu River valley the gentle slopes and lush green meadows of Lamadug appears. Later trek beneathe the ridge of Khanpari Tibba (4,025m) we arrive at a place from where Indrasan (6,220m.) And Deo Tibba (6,001m.) peaks can be seen. One can see the full view of Manali town and upper Kullu valley. Continue going upward through brilliant shrubs of Rhododendro, Birch pave on the way and wild flowers all around. Arriving at dome of Khanpari to have spectacular 360 degree view of Great Himalayan Range to the East, Dhauladhar to the West and Pir Panjal to the North. Keep your attention towards wildlife to see Monal, Fox and Bear.

  • Manikaran
    Manikaran

    Located at a distance of 45 km from Kullu, Manikaran is famous for its hot springs and is also an important religious destination for Hindus and Sikhs. The hot water springs here are so hot that the heat from the water is used to cook food.

    Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley on river Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 1760 m and is located about 35 km from Kullu.
    This small town attracts tourists visiting Manali and Kullu to its hot springs and pilgrim centres. An experimental geothermal energy plant has also been set up here.Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many temples and a gurudwara.[1] There are temples of the Hindu deities Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu.The area is well known for its hot springs and its beautiful landscape.

    According to legend, when the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati were walking in the valley, Parvati dropped one of her earrings. The jewel was seized by Shesha, the serpent deity, who then disappeared into the earth with it. Shesha only surrendered the jewel when Shiva performed the cosmic dance, the Tandava and shot the jewel up through the water. Apparently, jewels continued to be thrown up in the waters at Manikaran until the 1905 Kangra earthquake.

  • Spring Festival (Pipal Jatra)
    Spring Festival (Pipal Jatra)

    The villages have their own gods and goddesses. It is said that in olden days, the King (or the Raja) used to sit in the Dhalpur ground with his courtiers under the Pipal Tree to look at the traditional dances. Earlier 16 Gods used to participate in the fair, but as the years rolled by, the fair lost its grandeur. Every night during the festival, cultural programs are performed by the various cultural groups at Kala Kendra which is a big open-air theater. The cultural groups and reputed artists come from all over India to perform in the festival.

    Spring festival is also called Basantotsava or Pipal-Jatra and takes place at Dhalpur ground Kullu from 28th April to 30th April. This fair has been declared a state festival by the Himachal Pradesh government. As it marks the beginning of the spring season (and also the tourist season) in the valley, it is also known as Spring Festival. Kullu is known as the valley of gods. The villages have their own gods and goddesses. It is said that in olden days, the King (or the Raja) used to sit in the Dhalpur ground with his courtiers under the Pipal Tree to look at the traditional dances. Earlier 16 Gods used to participate in the fair, but as the years rolled by, the fair lost its grandeur. Every night during the festival, cultural programs are performed by the various cultural groups at Kala Kendra which is a big open-air theater. The cultural groups and reputed artists come from all over India to perform in the festiva

  • International Kullu Dussehra Festival

    Dussehra (Dushehra) is celebrated in most parts of the country on Vijya Dashmi(Dushehra) to commemorate the victory of Rama over demon king Ravana. The highlight of this fair is The victory of good over evil. Kullu Dussehra (Dushehra) is however, different in certain ways from Dussehra celebrations in the other parts of the country. It presents cultural ethos of the people and their deep rooted religious beliefs which manifest during this festival with traditional songs, dances and colorful dress. It begins on Vijya Dashmi and lasts for a week. There is an interesting story behind the beginning of Dussehra Festival. And now also, the internationally famous Dussehra (Dushehra) of Kullu is celebrated in the same tradition.

    Dussehra (Dushehra) is celebrated in most parts of the country on Vijya Dashmi(Dushehra) to commemorate the victory of Rama over demon king Ravana. The highlight of this fair is The victory of good over evil. Kullu Dussehra (Dushehra) is however, different in certain ways from Dussehra celebrations in the other parts of the country. It presents cultural ethos of the people and their deep rooted religious beliefs which manifest during this festival with traditional songs, dances and colorful dress. It begins on Vijya Dashmi and lasts for a week. There is an interesting story behind the beginning of Dussehra Festival. And now also, the internationally famous Dussehra (Dushehra) of Kullu is celebrated in the same tradition.

  • Trekking and Hiking
    Trekking and Hiking

    Manali is an adventure lover’s paradise, and is a great base camp for treks. With many trails for all kindsof trekkers ranging from mild to extreme, the Himalayas in Manali offer something for everyone.Trekking in Manali is a great way to explore the Himalayas as well as to experience the rich culture of Himachal Pradesh. Along with awesome treks you can also find some of the best camping locations in Manali. Here we bring you some of the best treks in Manali so that you can unwind and find your rhythm in these majestic mountains.

    Numerous Trekking Routes are accessible in Manali. Significant treks in manali are Beas Kund Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek, Chandrakhani Trek, Chandra Taal Trek and some more. The check rundown of the types of gear required for trekking in manali incorporates of Comfortable strolling shoes with a decent hold on the lower legs. Water verification warm jacket.Woolen/tennis scocks and leggings.
    Shades, headgear, rucksack and different packs as well on the off chance that you plan to contract watchmen and horses. Water-Bottle, Swiss armed force Knife, Sleeping Bag and froth ground sheet, Gloves, umbrella, rope, Medical and emergency treatment gear. Photographic Equipment, Torch and batteries, tent, Compass, Binoculars, cooking Equipments, nourishment and rations.Fresh Fruits, vegitables, meat and milk are once in a while hard to come by along the trails separated from higher reaches and parts of the trans Himalyas. Manali is an outright joy for travelers hoping to tackle the spiked slopes. Here is the rundown of a portion of the best manali trek

  • River Rafting
    River Rafting

    Manali has always been a hotshot travel destination for everyone, all through the year in the north of India. Skiing, paragliding, snowboarding, snow surfing, and ice skating have been the primary attractions of Manali. However, only a few know that Manali also possesses some of the best rafting stretches. And trust us they are among the best in the mountains of India.

    If you’ve got a group of adventurous pals, head to the mountains this January or February. Though not the most amazing season to go river rafting in Manali, it is quite a rush for those who love winter and do not mind a dash of thrilling adventure anytime. But before that a few essentials that would help you freeze the perfect plan to this amazing trip

  • Cycling Tour
    Cycling Tour

    If you are looking for the excitement of pure downhill, day after day through ever changing scenery, the Manali to Leh traverse is hard to beat. Riders will have the option of ascending a total of 3800 meters to cross the four main passes on the route. Cycling will truly be an unforgettable experience as one will get to witness some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. This may not sound particularly great, especially to road orientated cyclists, but difficult terrain and tough ascents will make any cycling in this region a challenge for everyone.

    If it is just downhill you are after, then there is support transport for all the climbs and you will be free to tackle some of the most fun downhill rides in the world, then sit back and be driven to the top of the next one. This is a fairly demanding trip, although thanks to our program of acclimatization, as well as the superb back up that we have throughout, anybody of reasonable fitness should have no problem enjoying it to the full. On the main route the cycling is simple with no technical difficulties, but for those of you who want more of a thrill off-road, the paths which short-cut the hundreds of switchbacks are as challenging as you could want, with the added bonus being that they seem never ending

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Mrs Annette and family - GERMANY - 28 Sept
Mrs Annette and family - GERMANY - 28 Sept

We, a group to 7 people went on a trek to Beas Kund through Potala Adventurers. The trek was well organized. In spite of heavy snow our guide Tashi ensure that all of us did the trek wonderful well. Tenzin organized all the ground logistics very well. The food, nutritious and ...

Mr. Manish Gupta & group – GURUGRAM  – 3 May
Mr. Manish Gupta & group – GURUGRAM – 3 May

Every part of our 4 days trek was well managed by our guide and he took great care of me, a 60 year old and my daughter 22, making sure I make it up some challenging climbs and my daughter got more challenge. I probably gain weight on this trek from the amazing ...

Susan and Dani Smith – COLORADO – 29 May to 1 June
Susan and Dani Smith – COLORADO – 29 May to 1 June

I speak on behalf of my group of 8 and I am glad that we have chose Potala Adventures. They organized our trekking to the best of their abilities which far exceeded what we expected. Our guides and the whole team was really very supportive and we are glad that they ...

Mr Ruchir & group - Vadodara  - 18th June
Mr Ruchir & group - Vadodara - 18th June

We had a great time during the trek. Your guides phaldhan and preetam were extremely helpful. They engaged our kids with information right through the trek. We will recommend you to all our friends. The trek is a must for every trekker. It has everything to offer. Tall coniferous forests, ...

Mr. Naveen - Bangalore - 20 May 2017
Mr. Naveen - Bangalore - 20 May 2017