A week-long festival celebrated in majestic style in northern India, Kullu Dussehra is one of the most popular events of Himachal Pradesh, signifying the victory of good over evil. It draws the travelers from distant parts of the globe. It is held in the Dhalpur maidan at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh state. Kullu is known for its beautiful gorges, wondrous waterfalls, chatty mountain stream and ancient temples which are certainly going to enthrall you especially during the Kullu Dussehra festival.
Dating back to the 17th century, Kullu Dussehra starts on Vijaya Dashmi and lasts for seven days in the month of October. It is a lovely blend of rich culture, history and ritual.This festival is only held to celebrate the success of good over evil. While music and color create a peaceful ambience, thousands of people gather on the first day of celebration to pay respect to Lord Raghunathji. The first day is started with huge celebration and on this day the statue of Lord Raghunathji is installed on a beautifully designed chariot, which is graced with the presence of village gods and goddess, is pulled by ropes by the locals from its place to different sites across the Maidan.
The following days are celebrated with great devotion, and many an individual takes participate in singing and dancing during the festival. The fair is fulfilled with the burning of the Lanka. On the last day of the festival, the chariot is brought by the banks of Beas River where a mass of wood grass is burnt, signifying the burning of Lanka.
Learn with us this discipline that is a form of rock climbing performed on small rock formations (or artificial rock walls) without the use of ropes or harnesses.
We offer all kinds of mountain biking trips in the Western Himalayas, Manali Leh Spiti Kinnaur based on your area of interest, physical fitness and time constraints. All our biking tours are accompanied by experienced staff, camping with professional equipment and support vehicles.
Day 1: Arrival in Manali, Cycling distance : 0 kms, Altitude: 1,950 m (6,400 ft)
Day 2: Manali-Marhi.Overnight in camps.
Day 3: Marhi-Sissu
Day 4 : Sissu to Jispa
Day 5 : Jispa to Zing Zing Bar
Day 6 : Zing Zing Bar to Brandy Nallah
Day 7 : Brandy Nallah to Pang
Day 8 Pang to Tso Kar
Day 9 Tso Kar to Upshi
Day 10 : Upshi to Leh.
Day 11 Leh- Khardungla-Leh
Negotiate rapids of grade 2 & 3 on the Beas. This exciting one and a half hour journey of 14 kms starts at Pirdi (a few kilometres south Kullu) and ends at Jhiri.
Season: Mid April – June and September – November
Our Kullu-Manali packages are a combination of must-see sights as well as off the beaten track ones. Adding a trek into this mix helps you experience the mountains to the fullest. A suggested itinerary:
Day 01: Delhi/ Chandigarh to Shimla
Day 02: Shimla sightseeing
Day 03: Shimla to Naggar/Manali (7 hrs)
Day 04: Naggar sightseeing(Jana waterfall, Krishna Temple, Heritage village Jana and Roerich Art gallery)
Day 05 to 07 Treks (Brighu lake or Chanderkhani pass)
Day 08: Manali – Manikaran – Manali
Day 09: Manali- Sightseeing (Hadimba temple,Vashisht temple, Jogni waterfall and Manali mall)
Day 10: Rohtang Pass – Manali.
Day 1: Chandigarh to Amritsar
Drive past the green fields of Punjab (yellow, if the mustard plants are flowering) and reach Amritsar, about 240 kms away. Check-in to hotel and evening is free to walk around the colourful local bazaars.
Day 2: Amritsar sightseeing
Start you day with blessing from the Golden Temple again, if you wish, and move on to Jallianwala Bagh. This is one of the most important sites of the Indian Freedom Movement – where, on April 13, 1919, British and Gurkha soldiers opened fire on an unarmed civilians. In the evening visit the Indo-Pak Wagah Border to watch the Flag Retreat Ceremony.
Day 3: Amritsar to Dalhousie
Morning drive to Dalhousie, located on the outer slopes of the Dhauladhar range. This is the gateway to Chamba and an important hill resort in the district. The area is chock-full of picturesque walks through oak, pine and deodar forests and lovely picnic spots. Check in to your hotel, stroll around the beautiful surroundings and if you’re lucky, catch a spectacular sunset.
Day 4: Dalhousie sightseeing
Visit Khajjiar, also known as “A Mini Switzerland”, a lush, green meadow located in the picturesque Chamba valley. Here you will find the 12th-century Khajjinag temple dedicated to the local Goddess. Kalatop, close by, is a dense deodar and fir forest sanctuary with numerous well laid out trekking trails. Dainkund mountain, locally known as the singing hill, at 2745m provides breathtaking views of the surrounding regions. Visit the ancient town of Chamba on the banks of the Ravi river and get in a few of its numerous temples and palaces.
Day 5: Dalhousie – Dharamshala
Early morning drive to Dharamshala. Dharamshala, enfolded on three sides by the mountains, is divided into lower and upper towns. McLeodganj is part of the upper town. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.
Day 6: Dharamshala sightseeing
Take in the calmness and serenity of Dharamsala with its towering pine trees and tea gardens. Visit the Dalai Lama Temple complex, the seat of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Continue on to Bhagsunag, known for its old temple, a fresh water spring and waterfalls, one of the main attractions of McLeodganj.
Day 7: Dharamshala – Naggar/Manali
The drive to Manali (2050m) at the Northern end of the Kullu Valley will take you past the tea gardens of Palampur. Take a small detour to the charming village of Andretta, where you can see Norah Richards, the Irish writer’s, quaint mudhouse. Andretta is also famous for its glazed pottery. Stop over at Bir for a bout of adventure – paragliding. Reach our home base at Naggar (20kms) from Manali, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks with the snowline never more than a few hours’ drive away. Stay at our homestay, eat and learn to cook traditional Himachali food.
Day 8: Manali sightseeing
Visit the Hadimba temple, Vasisht Baths, Manu Temple and Tibetan monastery. Chill in Old Manali, imbibe the local ambience and shop for souvenirs at the Tibetan Market on the Mall.
Day 9: 10: 11: Chanderkhani Trek
The trail from Naggar through the heritage village of Rumsu and all the way up to beautiful Chanderkhani Pass offers glorious views of snow-clad peaks and thick carpets of birch and spruce. Spend two nights up among the pristine peaks, camp on top and descend back to Naggar.
Day 12: Naggar to Chandigarh/Delhi