Kulu Valley, Malana Village in Manikaran is famous for its lush green hills.
This village is considered to be the oldest democracy in the world. No
interference of the outsiders is entertained here and all disputes of the
village are settled between themselves.
According to a legend the village is Greek in origin. It is said that some of
the soldiers from Alexander’s army had settled here and these villagers are
their descendants. The villagers have strange looks, sharp features, narrow
eyes and dark bronze skin. They speak a dialect of their own, not used by
anybody else.Malana’s proximity with the Chanderkhani Pass, the ancient temple
of Jamlu and its distinct, social and cultural characteristics attract many
visitors to the village. Some basic tourist accommodations are now available in
Solang Valley : A beautiful valley between Manali and Kothi which offers
views of the glaciers and snow covered mountain peaks. The plateau is frequently
used for holding camps by the trekking parties. The surrounding areas of Manali
from 3 to 20 km. are suitable for rock climbing. The winter skiing festival is
organised here as well as training in skiing is imparted at this place.
Bajeshwar Mahadev Temple : ( bajaura ) 15 km.This pyramidical temple
belonging to the 8th century A.D. is embellished with wonderful carvings in
stone and sculpture in the Shikhara style. This temple is situated about 200
metres from the village in a plain between the main road and the Beas river.
Camping Sight Raison : ( 1,433 metres ) 16kms. away from Kulu, the sight
is ideal for spending a quite holiday in solitary splendor and for holding
youth camps. There are a large number of orchards in this part of the valley. HPTDC
has log cabins for comfortable stay.
Largi : ( 957 metres ) 34 km. This is a small hamlet providing excellent
trout fishing. The famous rivers Sainj and Tirthan join the Beas a few hundred
metres below. Larji is patronised mostly by anglers
Arjun Gufa : A legendary cave near the village of ‘Prini’ on the left
bank where Arjuna practised austerities to get the powerful ‘Pashupati astra’ (
Jagan Nath Temple : 3 km., a stiff climb leads one to the shrine from where
one gets a panoramic view of Kullu town.
Climate: In winter, the temperature can drop to below freezing point
when heavy woollens are required. Summer temperature are mild and light
woollens/cottons are recommended.
Altitude: is situated at an altitude of about12000 ft.
Best time to visit: All the year round.
By Train: The nearest rail head is Chandigarh which is 320 km away.
By Air: The nearest airport is Bhunter. Archana Airways and Jagson
Airways operate daily flights from Delhi to Kullu & Shimla to Kullu.
By Road: The Rohtang pass is 55 KM north of Manali on National Highway
No 21. Regular buses, coaches and taxies play from Delhi and Chandigarh.