Kullu Manali Travel Guide: Sightseeing Places


The land of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a treasure trove of hill stations. Among the many famed ones, two hill stations lying close to each other have been the favorite of tourists since time immemorial. Uttered in one breath, the hill stations of Kullu and Manali has been the favorite of the honeymooners, adventure seekers and also for those on their family holiday.

Manali in Winter

The hill station of Kullu is also known by the name of Kulanthpitha. Set at an altitude of 1220 meters, the mighty Great Himalayas rise as its backdrop and look down upon this Silver Valley on the banks of the River Beas as a caring guardian. Lush green meadows, virgin valleys, fruit laden orchards and hill sides strewn with colorful flowers, make Kullu simply gorgeous. The small hill side hamlets with their inhabitants depict the simple mountain life that they lead. The Kullu Dussehra is the main attraction of this hill station situated in the Kullu District.

Manali also situated in the Kullu Valley is hailed as the Valley of Gods. Indeed a heavenly place, a legend narrates the origin of the place. It is believed that the place was named after the Hindu Law giver, Manu who recreated life on the sacred grounds of this valley after the world came to the brink of extinction by a flood. Situated ideally in the Beas river valley at an altitude of 6,398 feet, Manali enjoys prominence for its adventure tourism opportunities and the closeness to the snow line. Tourism and a flourishing orchard industry have laid the foundation of a strong economy for this hill station. The Winter Carnival attracts the maximum crowd to Manali during the snowy season.

This impressive hill station in North India welcomes all kinds of travelers but planning a romantic trip here brings you and your partner so closer. Undoubtedly, engaging a trustworthy travel agency is a plus for your holiday as you get to avail several exciting perks and amenities included in romantic Kullu Manali Honeymoon package.

The beauty of Kullu Manali not only lies in the natural wonders but in the simplicity of the people and the purity of the place. The best time to visit both the hill stations is during the months of mid May to October.

Hotels in Kullu Manali

Kullu is a small town in the Kullu district and with its scenic splendors can be rightfully described as a slice of heaven. To the north of this hill station lays Manali, another Himachal mountain hill station. Tourists heading this way for vacation make it a point to visit these twin hill stations together. Lodging options can be found in plenty and visitors might choose either to stay in Kullu or in Manali.

Manali Hotel

In Kullu the prominent hotels and resorts are Sterling Himalaya Continental, Apple Valley Resorts and Whispering Rocks Resorts.

Manali has its own share of five star hotels and resorts along with four star, three star and budget accommodations. One of the outstanding five star resorts in Manali is the Span Resorts.

Some of the finest four star hotels in Manali, the Ambassador Resort is the most prominent one. Next in succession come the Timber Trail, Vacres Manali Resort, Sagar Resort, Holiday Inn Manali, Piccadily Hotel, Hotel Manali Ashok, and Snowcrest Manor.

The three star hotels in Manali consist of the Ram Regency Honeymoon Inn and The Conifer Hotel.

Hotels under the same star category in Manali includes The Manali Inn, Manali Resorts, Kanishka Hotel, Shingar Regency, Glacier Resorts, Manali Heights, D’ Chalet Hotel, Hotel Snow Princess, and Hotel Regent Centre Point, Out Town Hotel Deluxe Luxury Cottages.

How to Reach Kullu Manali

Another hill station nestled in the laps of the lofty mountains and gorgeous valleys is the hill station of Kullu. Often called the twin sister of its neighboring hill station Manali, the picturesque town of Kullu is the capital of the district of the same name in Himachal Pradesh. Kullu is connected well via a good network of train, road and air.

Kullu is served by the Kullu Manali airport situated at a distance of 10 kilometers from the valley. Frequent flights are available from Chandigarh, Delhi and Shimla. Another airport is located a bit far away around 200 kilometers away from Kullu. Called the Kangra Airport, this is situated at a place called Gaggal. Manali is also served by the Kullu Airport. Flights are operated by Indian Airlines, Jagson Airlines and Air Deccan to Kullu from Delhi and Chandigarh.

Kullu and Manali can be reached by road too. Both are connected by the NH 21 to places like Delhi, Chandigarh, Mandi and Shimla. From Delhi, Kullu can be reached via Karnal and Chandigarh. From Shimla Kullu can be reached via Tattapani, Theog, Brahmpukar and Darlaghat. Manali can be reached from Kullu and Ambala by road.

Trains also link the hill stations of Kullu and Manali. Joginder Nagar railway station is the nearest one both from Kullu and Manali. Kullu can also be reached from the Una railway station and Kiratpur railway station. Alternatively, Manali can also be reached from Chandigarh and the Ambala Cantonment station located on the broad gauge track.

What to See in Kullu Manali

Nestled quietly in the laps of the mighty Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is famous for its two hill stations-Kullu and Manali. Sight seeing opportunities are plenty in both these hill stations and as such a holiday here is highly rewarding.

Bijli Mahadev Temple

Kullu itself is a great repository of temples, national parks, lakes and walking trails. Attractions in Kullu include the Bijli Mahadev Temple, Dhankia Mahadev Temple, Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Sandhya Devi Temple and the Gaurishankar Temple at Jagatsukh which is counted as one of the ancient capitals of Kullu and the Raghunathji Temple. The flora and fauna of Kullu is worth noticeable and the many nature parks and sanctuaries located here include the Great Himalayan National Park, Kanawar Sanctuary and nature parks at Gopalpur and Kufri.

Hidimba Temple, Manali

Among the beautiful lakes in Kullu, there is the Dashir Lake, Brighu Lake and the Seruvalsar Lake. For the trekkers, the Chandra Khanni Pass and the Pin Parbati Pass are real treats. Other notable excursions in Kullu will lead you to Katrain famous for its fruit laden orchards, trout fishing and bee keeping industry. Largi is another place well known for its scenic wonders and fishing sites. A visit to Sultanpur Palace is also an important part of your itinerary.

Kullu Dussehra Festival

The colorful festivals of Lohri and Kullu Dussehra are the added attractions of Kullu hill station apart from the main shopping hub known as Akhara Baazar. In Manali on the other hand, the places worth a visit include the Hadimba or Hidimba Devi Temple, Museum of Traditional Himachal Culture, Buddhist monasteries like Gadhan Thekchhokling Gumpha and Nyingamapa Gumpha, Naggar Fort, Snow Point or the Solang Valley, Manali Sanctuary, Manu Maharishi Temple, Manaligarh Fort, Rohtang Pass, Dassaur Lake, Beas Kund, Rahala Water Falls, Manikaran in the Parvati Valley, Nehru Kund, Vashist Temple and Hot Water Springs and Malana Valley.

Chardham Yatra: A spiritual Journey to Uttarakhand


The char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand is called as “Chota Char Dham” yatra. This yatra is a pilgrimage to the holy sites. Each of the site is attributed to God and goddess of Hindu mythology. The Char Dham sites consists of namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. These holy sites can be accessed after the snow accumulated in the winters reduces gradually in the summers.

Chardham of Uttarakhand
Chardham of Uttarakhand

Now Let us Talk about the Sites Individually

Yamunotri

Situated at an altitude of 3293M, Yamunotri is a source of river Yamuna. Its name is attributed to goddess Yamuna. The shrine is a temple which generally opens in the last week of April and first week of May with its time as 6PM-8PM with the arti time being as 6:30 PM to 7:30PM. It closes after a brief ceremony on the day of Diwali in the mid October and first week of November after which the temple staff returns to their villages and the valley is covered with the thick sheet of the snow which melts gradually in the next summers.

The actual source of the river Yamuna lies in the Yamunotri glacier adjoining which is the famous peak called as Bandarpunch.

Gangotri

Situated at an altitude of 3100 Mtr and is a town which is also a Nagar Panchayat or municipality of the district Uttarkashi and situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi. It is region which is also the origin of the river ganga though its precise origin is from the snout of the glacier called as Gaumukh.

Kedarnath

Kedarnath Dham
Kedarnath Dham

located at the bank of river Mandakini and at the altitude of 3685 Mtr it is a holy shrine with a temple dedicated to the God shiva. Due to extreme weather conditions the temple is open during the month of April and November.

Badrinath

Located at an altitude of 3300 mtr it’s a holy town and Nagar Panchayat of the District Chamoli and at the bank of Alaknanda river. Due to extreme conditions, it is open to visit during May to June and September to October.

How to Visit these Shrines?

It is best to consider the month in which the shrines are open for the pilgrims and contact the travel agency. The travel agency will manage your travel and stay in respective places.

Clothing for the Journey

It must be remembered that even if the shrines are open in the summers and post monsoon, the temperature is considerably low, and one must wear warm clothes from head to toes and carry and extra. One should consider carrying sunscreen lotions due to high altitude exposure to UV radiations, rain protection such as raincoat, poncho umbrellas etc.

Hydration and Nutrition

As the pilgrimage after the roadhead will on foot it is recommended that you are in good health prior and during the pilgrimage. During the pilgrimage one must remember that they are exposed to high altitude, and this can lead to various kind of high-altitude sickness. One should stay hydrated all the time as this will help in acclimatization.

Helicopter Journey

In the recent times in order to ease the Char Dham journey, helicopter service has been initiated. One can get in touch with the helicopter operator agency and proceed ahead. Some of the dos and don’ts to take care of with respect to the helicopter journey are as follows.

Chardham yatra by helicopter
Chardham yatra by helicopter

Weight limit in the helicopter is up to 300 kg of weight in total i.e., passenger and their luggage combined. So, one should be mindful of the luggage they are carrying.

The bookings are don’t in advance and the 50% charges are to be cleared 15 days in advance. One should avoid overeating prior to helicopter travel and be mindful of the effects of the sudden altitude gain.

  Last few Tips for the Journey

  • Stay in good physical and mental shape.
  • Carry a firs aid kit along.
  • Carry good stock of healthy snacks.
  • Dress modestly and be respectful to culture and shrines.
  • Do not make your own route and always stick to the signs and indications.

Mount Shivling Expedition in India (6543M)


It has been said from ages that the Himalayas have always been an abode of Lord Shiva and there are many peaks in Himlayan Range that are named after Shiva or his belongings and Mount Shivling (6543 m) is one of them. This huge snow caped mountain located in western Gharwal region named Tapovan. It is one of the most beautiful peaks in Uttarakhand which looks like a giant conical shaped tooth which is why it is also referred as Indian Matterhorn.

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Mt Shivling Expedition 6543M- Shikhar Travels

Mt Shivling expedition is of 24 days which is going to be quite challenging and requires technical & prior mountaineering experience. It is actually a twin-summit mountain with rocky surface and falling seracs near glaciers. The knowledge of using Ice tools, crampons, carabiners and other climbing anchors is very much required for this expedition. The best months to go on this expedition will be May, June, September and October. This will push your limits, challenge you and will prepare you for 6000 meter plus peaks in India.

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Tapovan Mt Shivling – Shikhar Travels

The Mount Shivling trekking route will pass through verdant meadow and heavenly vistas of snow beds. This route is also for famous holy Gangotri Glacier (Gaumukh) which is the main source of Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand. Shivling peak can be seen very prominently from Gaumukh but not easily approachable. Other than Gangotri, there are some famous glaciers in region like Meru Bamak Glacier in north of the mountain and Kirti Bamak Glacier. The daunting peaks and remote Himalayan life on this expedition is a delight to adventurous souls and nature lovers.

Ladakh has always been known for cold dessert, dry and secluded areas but very few people know about climbing expeditions in Ladakh region. It has one of the most mesmerizing and spellbinding mountains from where the panoramic view looks over the entire Zanskar region. The region comprises with peaks having elevation more than 5000m and some of them are quiet worldwide famous like the twins, Mt Kun
Nun in Suru Valley.

Mt Kun

Residing in Kargil District of Jammu & Kashmir, India, Mount Kun and Mount Nun is known for its majestic, edgy and rocky surface. These mountains are the highest in region with an altitude of 7135 m of Mt Nun and 7077 m of Mt Kun. These mountains can be seen easily once you reach the region and will visible throughout the journey to Kargil. Both the mountains are separated by snow plateau which makes it difficult to climb both the peaks in one go. It is a challenging and tiring expedition because of many glaciers, edgy cliffs, rough terrain and icy ridges. To climb any of these twin mountains, one has to have complete knowledge and experience of mountaineering. It requires all the master techniques and tools with climbers who have already done peaks with 6000+ elevation.

Mount Nun

The journey to these beautiful twin pinnacles start with the landing in Leh city. It’s a beautiful and spiritually enlightened city of Ladakh region. Here you can visit monastery that lies between snow capped mountains like one in Hemis, the biggest and famous one. Then some old ones like Thiksey & Shey which are dated back in 15th century. This tour to monasteries will also be beneficial for you to get acclimatized to the weather and high altitude. You’ll be witnessing many other monasteries too while moving ahead on journey towards Kargil. It is nearly 230 kms from Leh city with the view of barren mountains and secluded area. Here, the registration and authoritative formalities has to be done as there is no entry without permit. Then the last drive will be till Tangol village, where the trekking journey starts and here you’ll get the glimpse of the twin peaks.

mount nun expedition in india

This trek will show you barren, rocky, snowy and icy trails till the summit. It will be 5-6 hrs trek till the base camp, also depends on group pace. Usually people reserve a day or two for base camp as there could be unpredictable weather at any time of the day plus they get time to acclimatize to the altitude. During this time people usually go for hiking to nearby cliffs and prepare themselves for next. After this there will be usual drills of moving further and setting camps at sight 1 then at sight 2 and getting acclimatized. If there will be requirement of setting up ropes and anchors further then mountaineers go ahead set the track and come back to the previous camp.

mt. kun 7077m

Mount kun expedition

The final day of summit is tough and tiring whether you have chosen Mount Kun or Mount Nun for expedition. The trail goes through loose rocky surface first where you have to main your steps. It is always suggested to use stick while walking as it helps in balancing. Now onwards, you’ll also see some snow patches around and the some icy glaciers which makes walk even more difficult. The trail also begins to go steep with clouds around for sometime as it usually keeps moving. While you reach on the top the temperature will be bone chilling and wind will be quiet harsh. But the panoramic view from the mountain will be undoubtedly spectacular. Standing high on one giant mountain and over looking to other giants is truly incomparable.

Gwt Now while going back to base camp, the trekkers have to be very careful on the trail as climbing loose sand and slippery ice is better than descending one. Then, after this wonderful and successful expedition the group will be resting at the base camp for the night and next morning transport will drive back to Leh via Tangol and Kargil.

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What is Coronavirus, COVID-19? Symptoms & Travel Tips In India | Shikhar Travels


The recent outburst of a novel Coronavirus, also called COVID-19 has left people worried and fearful about their health. As the virus is found spreading in about 56 countries, experts fear that it could grow as a worldwide pandemic. The virus spread continues faster than expected, people fear to interact with other people, not able to carry out everyday chores carefree, avoiding travelling on public transport. Till now, the Coronavirus death toll rises approx. 3000 worldwide and continue rising. Stay woke, and be prepared must be your top priority!

What is Coronavirus, COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are generally a large group of viruses that commonly cause diseases in animals. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, that means they can transmit between animals and humans. And today, these viruses have jumped on humans as well, making them sick with an illness, having common-cold like symptoms. The Coronavirus, named COVID-19 is a deadly new virus which can lead to organ failure, pneumonia and even death.

The spread of Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus, COVID-19? Symptoms & Travel Tips | Shikhar Travels
What is Coronavirus, COVID-19? Symptoms & Travel Tips | Shikhar Travels

31st December 2019: The World Health Organization (WHO) China’s office was informed of some unknown virus which is leading to so many pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China with a population of approximately 11 million.

7th January 2020: Chinese authorities identified this unknown virus as a novel Coronavirus. It was named 2019-nCoV, fit into the coronavirus family, which comprises of SARS and the common cold.

20 January 2020: Another report is created which says that the infection of Coronavirus has spread from Wuhan City to other cities as well as abroad. It thus started screening passengers arriving from Wuhan city. Thus, the WHO states to declare an international public health emergency over Coronavirus.

25 January 2020: Death toll in China comes at 26, with more than 830 infections. Travel restrictions were imposed.

30 January 2020: The virus was declared as a global emergency by the World Health Organization as the death toll comes to 170 with 7711 cases reported.

2 February 2020: A few death cases are confirmed outside China.

11 February 2020: The death toll in China jumped above 1000 and WHO reported the new coronavirus to be called COVID-19.

26 February 2020: Romania, Georgia, Pakistan, North Macedonia, Norway and Brazil all detected with cases of Coronavirus. The global death toll jumped to 2800 with about 80,000 confirmed infected people.

Even several types of research are made, but there is no possible solution to stop the global spread of Coronavirus. There is no treatment, so prevention is the best measure, you must follow. Main actions by SEGC include no travelers from China and screening of passengers travelling through the affected parts of the world. Therefore, travelers must adopt preventive measures appropriately to keep themselves safe from this deadly virus. Shikhar Travels, the leading travel agency is also supporting the Control and Prevention of this deadly Coronavirus. You can head to their website for the latest travel notice to some countries.

Impact of Coronavirus in India

In India, the first case was confirmed on 30 January 2020 in Kerala state. It is found that the affected person had a travel history of Wuhan City in China. Till now, 31 cases are confirmed for Coronavirus infection in India. COVID-31 is tested positive for all the people who had a travel history of Italy. All such passengers have been quarantined at the Chawla Camp in New Delhi. Several measures have been taken by the Indian government to minimize the spread of this deadly virus. Passengers arriving from Wuhan and other affected places are set under quarantine for about 14 days.

The cancellation of existing e-visas issued to all foreign nationals of China is another step by the Indian government to control this deadly infection. Thermal screening has been set up at 21 airports comprising Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Cochin to keep a check on the new virus. There will be announcements more such travel restrictions if fresh cases were reported in different parts of India.

Symptoms of Coronavirus:

Although, it is unclear how infectious, this deadly virus can be. But when we read out all the reports, it can be said that it spreads through person to person that are in close contact with each other. Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) appear after 2-14 days after exposure. The symptoms are similar to common diseases like common cold and flu. Here is the list:

  • Cough
  • Fever in rare cases
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Pneumonia
  • Vomiting
  • Severe Pneumonia
  • Diarrhea
  • Kidney Failure

Keep in mind that symptoms may vary from people to people. However, the infection can only be confirmed by your healthcare professional.

Are you Prepared?

As you know, there are no vaccines or formulation available to prevent Coronavirus to infect you. Even experts say if there is no treatment, you must make prevention as your top priority. Are you prepared? If not, then read out the following precautions recommended by the World Health Organization:

  • Wash off the dirt and infection from your hands using soap and water. You can also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t forget to cover your mouth and nose whenever you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and face when your hands are not clean.
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms related to Coronavirus.
  • Avoid sharing your things with anybody if you are not well.
  • Be aware of disinfecting surfaces you touch.
  • If you are not feeling well, stay at your home and avoid going out.
  • Consult your doctor, if you feel symptoms of Coronavirus as mentioned above.

Travel Tips:

What is Coronavirus, COVID-19? Symptoms & Travel Tips | Shikhar Travels
What is Coronavirus, COVID-19? Symptoms & Travel Tips | Shikhar Travels

As it is mentioned above, the spread of Coronavirus is mostly due to people travelling from Wuhan City. Therefore, travelers crisscrossing the globe should be aware of the virus and their actions to stop this threat from the world. If you travel to China or from China, you need to take precautions against respiratory and related illnesses and do seek medical recommendation if you are not feeling well.

There is nothing to worry if you are travelling to most countries at the moment. However, you need to remain up-to-date about increasing travel risks. The best travel agency like Shikhar Travels can give you the latest information on the travel risks and related recommendations. Some precautions you must follow during your trip:

  • Don’t spend time in large gatherings or crowded areas.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people, especially who are seen with symptoms of the new virus.
  • Remain up-to-date of the local situation and follow all health-related tips.
  • Monitor your health if you feel sick or got any of the symptoms.
  • Do follow the travel restrictions set by your government.

If you do feel unwell, check out the advice given above. Stay safe, stay healthy! Stay tuned for more such tips.

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