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Beas Valley Segment: Kullu, Manali, Rohtang Pass
district headquarters, Mandi is a commercial centre on the banks
of the Beas. With its old stone temples, it is called the Varanasi of
the Hills. There are remains of old palaces and colonial architecture.
Mandi is the gateway to Kullu valley. The nearest airport is Bhuntar,
59 km. Rail connects it to Pathankot, Joginder Nagar and Shimla. Chandigarh
to Mandi via Ropar and Bilaspur is 203 km by road. Mandi to Pathankot
is 210 km. During winter temp falls below zero. In summer it is rather
hot. Mandi has a host of old temples. The most famous is Bhootnath temple.
Located on a mountain, Rewalsar is very picturesque. The place is sacred
for Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. It was the seat of Padmasambhava, the
Tibetans' guru Rimpoche. Kullu valley is the base for several trekking
routes such as Chanderkhani pass to Malana, Jalori pass/Bashleo pass
to Shimla and Piati pass to Sarahan. Kullu presents an intertwining
set of enchanting valleys.
Places around Kullu: A
nearby place of tourist interest is the Bijli Mahadev temple, 14 km
away. The shivlinga here is frequently damaged by lightning which is
conducted down by a long pole nearby. Every time the linga is put together
with butter. The Basheshwar Mahadev temple in Bajaura, 15 km, is famous
for its stone-carvings. Manikaran, 45 km, has hot sulphur springs, at
1737 mts. It is close to the Parvati river, sacred for Hindus and Sikhs.
Trekking starts here for Pulga, Khirganga and Mantalai. The route goes
up to Pin Parvati pass, at 4802 mts and enters Sutlej valley. Naggar
is 23 km from Kullu. A gallery here contains the paintings of the famous
Russian artist Nicholas Roerich.
HOW TO REACH KULLU: Bhuntar
airport is 10 km from Kullu. The nearest railhead is Joginder Nagar,
95 km away. By road Delhi-Mandi-Kullu is 530 km and Shimla-Kullu 240
km. There are regular bus services from Delhi and Shimla.
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