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Kullu valley is gifted every thing that you can imagine. The Marvelous landscapes, hospitable, peaceful & co-operative people having distinct life style & culture are some of the points that separate Kullu from rest of Himachal Pradesh. Kullu has also become the center of many adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering, river-rafting etc. There are many places of pilgrimage like Manikaran, Hadimba, Bijli Mahadev, Vashistha etc....

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The district is bounded on the north and east by Lahaul & Spiti district. On the south-east by Kinnaur district. On the south by Shimla district. On the south-west and west by Mandi district. And, on the north-west by Kangra district.

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According to some legends connected with Ramayana period it was the privilege of a Rishi from the valley, called Shringi Rishi, who had his ashrama near Banjar to act as a purohit at the 'Putreshti Yajna' of Raja Dashratha as a result of which the great Rama was born. Even the Rishi Vashishtha performed this 'tapa' (Penance) in this valley. A story goes that the Rishi tied himself with the ropes and flung down a hill near Manali into the river, after his one hundred sons had been done to death by Rakshasa Kalinashped. The miracle river as if by divine powers, released all the bonds of the Rishi. It got the name of Vipasha after this event which means 'the liberator from bondage'.

There are several reference of Kullu in the Ramayana & Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana & other Sanskrit literature. But it is believed that Manu after the great deluge, first stepped into the earth from the celestial boat at a place on this land. The particular spot where he established his abode was the present Manali (village), which is regarded as the changed name of 'MANU-ALAYA', that is the home of Manu. It was from here that the human race came into being after the deluge.

Kullu was probably the most ancient state next to Kashmir and Kangra. Like other hill states, Kullu had its ups and downs till it was ceded to the British in 1846 according to Lahore agreement, along with other trans-Sutluj states.

Kullu was made a sub-division of Kangra District. Lahaul-spiti was attached to Kullu for administration. In 1960 Lahaul-Spiti was a separate district. Kullu was also declared a district in 1963 and was a part of Punjab up to October 1966. On 1st November 1966, on reorganization of states, Kullu became a District of Himachal Pradesh.

About Kullu Kullu is a district in Himachal Pradesh, India. The district stretches from the village of Rampur in the south to the Rohtang Pass in the North.The largest valley in the district is called the Kullu Valley, which is also known as the Valley of the Gods. There is also a town called Kullu which sits on the banks of the Beas River in the central part of the valley. Another important valley in the district is the Lug valley where the main forest contractors have been extracting timber from the forests for the last 150 years and continue to do so today. Farther north lies the town of Manali.The ancient seat of the kings of Kullu was at Naggar Castle, about 12 km north of the present town, and thought to have been built in the early 17th century by Raja Sidh Sing. Raja Jagat Singh (1637–72) moved the capital in the middle of the 17th century to its present position, and called it Sultanpur. The Royal compound consists of the "Rupi Palace, several temples, and a long narrow bazaar descending the hill."The British took all of Kangra and Kullu from the Sikhs in 1846. It is still used as home by the royal descendants, but the more ancient Naggar Castle was sold to the British.Since the onset of the most recent unrest in Kashmir, Manali and the Kullu Valley in general, have become important destinations for tourists escaping the summer heat of India.In the eastern part of the district, the village of Manikaran contains Sikh and Hindu temples and popular hot springs. The Hidimba Devi Temple is at Manali. There are also many Sikh villages located close to Manikaran. To the northeast of Kullu Valley, lies the famous, Malana Valley.According to the 2011 census Kullu district has a population of 437,474 , This gives it a ranking of 553rd in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 79 inhabitants per square kilometre (200 /sq mi) .enFurther information can be had on http://hpkullu.gov.in,">http://hpkullu.gov.in">http://hpkullu.gov.in, the Official Website of District Kullu.Sikh pilgrims cheering on truck to ManikaranManikaran, Kullu District, 2004Shiva shrine, Kullu, 2004Road workers crushing rocks, Kullu, 2004Steam from Manikaran baths, 20042 friends - a Sikh & a Gaddi, Manikaran, 2004Diners at Sikh Gurdwara, Manikaran, 2004Roadside restaurant, Kullu, 2004Raja Rupi Kulu Palace, 2004Chetwode, Penelope. 1972. Kulu: The End of the Habitable World. John Murray, London. Reprint: Time Books International, New Delhi. ISBN 81-85113-20-3References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kullu_district

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