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About Kullu

Kullu is a broad open valley, located in Himachal Pradesh state of India on the banks of the Beas River. The Beas River runs through the middle of the valley. Kullu has numerous temples which attract tourists from various parts of India as well as abroad; therefore it is also called the "Valley of the Gods" or "Dev Bhumi". It connects with the Lahul and Spiti valleys via Rohtang Pass. The Dussehra of Kullu is world famous which attracts tourists in large numbers. Dussehra celebrations begin at Kullu when it comes to an end in the rest of India. This is a time when the valley is at its colorful best. This valley is famous for its beauty and majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest. Tourism in Kullu is mainly concerned with temples and hot springs.

History of Kullu

The ancient Hindus regarded Kullu as the farthest limit of human habitation Kulantapitha and its original name finds mention in the epics, The Ramayana and Mahabharta as well as the Vishnu Purana. The Chinese pilgrim monk Xuanzang visited the Kullu Valley in 634 or 635 CE. He described it as a fertile region completely surrounded by mountains. It contained a stupa (tope) built by 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. There were meditation caves near the mountain passes inhabited by both Buddhist and Hindu practitioners. The country is said to have produced gold, silver, red copper, crystal lenses and bell-metal.

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