Where to travel
Try this multi-activity weekend itinerary offering an opportunity for adventure, craft shopping and spiritual pleasure in the environs of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. You can visit four destinations- Pirdi, Shamshi, Khokhan and Bajaura, located within fifteen (15) kilometers of the town, in just two days.
What to do & see:
Pirdi, about four (4) kilometers south of Kullu, is the starting point for many whitewater rafting trips along the Beas River. If you want to learn kayaking, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (A.B.V.I.M.A.S.), Manali runs an Intermediate Kayaking Course at Pirdi from November 1- 14. The course fee amounts to INR 28,000.00 (US$ 567.09, € 414.25, £78.49) for foreign participants and INR 5,800.00 for the Indian participants. Contact the institute to learn kayaking. http://www.adventurehimalaya.org/index.asp
Alternatively, try one day rafting trip from Pirdi to Jhiri, about 15-kilometer-long rafting course features moderate to difficult rapids, which means clear passages, narrow passages and / or high asymmetrical waves. Another short rafting stretch on the Beasis between Shamshi and Jhiri. The MohalVillageto Bajaura rafting stretch is just 10 kilometers. Use services of registered rafting agencies. Browse through the list of registered rafting agencies based in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. http://himachaltourism.gov.in/post/Tour-and-travel-Agencies-in-Kullu.aspx
Seek blessings of Brahma (the creator) and Mahadev (the destroyer), two gods of Hindu trinity. The woodenAdiBrahmaTemple is located in Khokhan, about five kilometers from Bhuntar. The pagoda of the temple, a four-tier structure, is about20 meters high. The multi-tier pagoda has pent-n-gable composite roof, which is a rare feature. The top three tiers are embellished with high brackets, animal heads and profusely carved struts, eaves and beams. The lowest tier is disproportionately broad. The finely molded bells dangle from all the tiers. The temple with a square plan is dedicated to Adi Brahma. Originally, the temple roof was of wood, but now-a-days the roof is covered with schist slates.
The Basheswar (Bisheshwar, Bashweshwar, Basheshwar or Vishweshwar) Mahadev temple at Bajaura village is about five (5) kilometers from Bhuntar. The largest stone temple in the KulluValleywas built in eighth century. Richly carved temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Nagri style temple has profusely carved shikhar. This protected monument is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Shamshi, about one kilometer from Bhuntar, is known for its unique beautiful Kullu shawls. The shawls were registered as Geographical Indication (GI) in 2005-06, ensuring high quality.
When to go
Mid April to June
September to November
How to reach
Kullu on the National Highway (NH) 21 is about 570 kilometers from Delhi, the capital of India.
Kullu-Pirdi (4 km) –Mohal (3 km) –Shamshi (2 km)-Bhuntar (1 km) -Bajaura (5 km)
Bhuntar to Khokhan (5 km)
For this fifteen (15) km journey, you can hire an auto or a taxi, board a public bus, or walk.
You can sleep in Kullu, Mohal or Bhuntar.
Mohal has a four-star resort, Apple Valley, on the bank of the Beas River. Accommodation tariff starts from INR 3900.00 per night (US$ 79.00, € 57.70, £49.68). Contact the resort, http://www.applevalleyresorts.co.in/.
If you are looking for budget accommodation, try Hotel Sarvari or Hotel Silver Moon managed by Himachal Pradesh Tourism development Corporation (H.P.T.D.C.). Minimum tariff amounts to INR 1400.00 per night (US$ 28.35, € 20.71, £17.83). Book accommodation at http://hptdc.nic.in/.