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Top Choice Religious in Kullu

Dussehra

Kullu hosts one of the most unusual and colourful Dussehra festivals in India. Unlike the one-day celebrations common elsewhere, Kullu Dussehra goes on for a week. The opening day is the most exciting, with 200 or m…
Top Choice Museum in Naggar

International Roerich Memorial Trust

This fascinating memorial and museum complex 1km above the castle focuses on the former home of Russian painter, writer and Inner Asian explorer Nicholas Roerich and his wife Elena Roerich, a philosopher, writer and…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Tirthan Valley

Jalori Pass

At the top of the Banjar Valley, Hwy 305 climbs over the panoramic 3223m Jalori Pass, marked by a couple of dhabas and a Mahakali temple. In calm weather this is a great spot for observing Himalayan griffon vultures…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Manali

Hadimba Temple

This much-revered wood-and-stone mandir, constructed in 1553, stands in a clearing in the cedar forest about 2km west of central Manali. Pilgrims come from across India to honour Hadimba, the demon wife of the Panda…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Kullu

Bijli Mahadev Temple

There are several important temples in Kullu's surrounding hills. The Shaivite Bijli Mahadev, a 20km uphill drive southeast to Chansari followed by a 2.5km uphill hike, commands spectacular panoramas over the Kullu …
Top Choice French in Manali

La Plage

Dinner at this outpost of a chic Goan eatery is like being invited to the hip Paris apartment of your much, much cooler friend. French standards such as onion soup or mushroom quiche are joined by specialities such …
Top Choice Multicuisine in Kasol

Evergreen

A perennial favourite for pizza, lasagne, homemade tofu, Turkish kebabs, lamb and chicken dishes and good Israeli specials – the chicken sipoodim (barbecue), served with chips and hummus, is an excellent meal. You c…
Top Choice Monument in Rewalsar Lake

Statue of Padmasambhava

This enormous, 12m-high statue of Padmasambhava, with his trademark fiercely staring eyes, wisps of moustache and beard and right hand in the warding-off-evil mudra (gesture), is now Rewalsar's signature landmark. I…
Clothing in Kullu

Bhuttico

For high quality Kullu shawls and other handloom-woven goods, without the hard sell, head to the nearest branch of Bhuttico, the Bhutti Weavers’ Cooperative, which was established in 1944 and has showrooms in every …
Hindu Temple in Bhuntar

Bisheshwar Mahadev Temple

In Bajaura village, 5km south of Bhuntar, Bisheshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Shiva as Lord of the Universe. Probably built in the 9th century AD and covered all over with ornate carving, it's a rare – and unu…