Kullu Valley, also popularly known as Kullu-Manali is a broad valley formed by the Beas River between Kullu and Manali. This valley is famous for its temples, natural beauty and its hills covered with pine forests and apple orchards.
The name Kullu derives from the word "Kulant Peeth", meaning "end of the habitable world". As per legends, Manu visited this valley, but was unable to cross the Rohtang pass. So he named this place as Kulant Peeth. He chose to settle in a place what has now become the town of Manali (meaning Manu's Place, derivative of 'Manu-Alaya)
Kullu got its first motorable road only after Indian Independence. The centuries of seclusion have, however, allowed the area to retain its traditional charms.
From Kullu to Manali elevation changes from about 1,200 m to about 2,200 m.
One can see an enormous change in the climate as one climbs up from Kullu to Manali and thereon to the leeward and much drier plateaus to the north of Manali.
Manali also serves as the gateway to Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh as well as Leh in Jannu-Kashmir through Rohtang Pass.
India's first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru favoured this as a holiday destination in the mountains and made it popular. Our other Prime Minister Sh. Aral Bihari Bajpai also chose it as his second home.
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