Frequently Asked Questions
This page provides answers to common questions from travellers to God’s Land Kullu.
- General itinerary planning and finding a tour
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General itinerary planning and finding a tour
You’ll find a variety of awesome landscapes in Kullu, all within easy reach of each other. Please refer to our Recommended Trips page for a collection of itineraries that range from 3 to 30 days. If you would like more information about tours in Kullu, please visit our tours page.
Is it safe to book with a Kullu company?
All Companies based in Kullu must operate within our consumer protection laws. Please visit Consumer Affairs for information on the Consumer Guarantees Act, which covers a consumer’s rights after purchase.
If you have concerns before booking you can ask what customer protection insurance a business has in place.
All tourism companies in Kullu are licensed or registered by HPTDC. HPTDC is the Himachal Pradesh tourism industry’s main quality assurance system. Look for companies that are registered with HPTDC.
Do I need to book ahead?
Our peak season runs from April to September and December through to March, centred on summer December to February. During this full period it is strongly recommended that you book any tours, events, accommodation and transport ahead of time to ensure availability. Outside of these months there is a less of a need to book in advance.
Walking & Hiking in Kullu
Kullu is a walking and hiking paradise, and is home to many impressive single and multi-day walks for all abilities. Guides and packages are available, or it is possible to walk independently. It is recommended that you book ahead if trekking on any of our Great Walks. Find out more about walking and hiking in Kullu.
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charges between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Buses and taxis
Kullu/ Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ‐ 14 hours(approx 500(Kullu)-540(Manali) KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in
Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charges between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.
Nearest Airport :-
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar is 60 Kms. Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1000‐ Rs.2,000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air but flights will fly timely.
*****We Recommend you not to be reliable on Air Travel as This is Small Domestic Airport and little Fumble in weather will lead to cancellation of Flight.
Climate in Kullu and Manali:-
It’s important to know the climatic conditions of a place before you plan your journey there. If you are traveling to Manali any time soon, check out the weather of this lofty hill station and take necessary precautions. The summer season in Manali starts in the month of March and lasts till June and the temperature during this period ranges from 10°C to 25°C. This is the best time to experience paragliding, rafting, and trekking. Manali experiences monsoon in the months between July and mid-September, but this is not an ideal time to plan your trip here as the roads are slippery and landslides are common due to heavy rain. Winter is indeed the best time to visit Manali as the weather during this season is cold and is the best time to enjoy the chill of fresh snowfall.
Shopping in Kullu & Manali
Both Kullu & Manali are a great place to indulge in shopping as there are a number of markets here that sells everything from woolen clothing to carpets to handicrafts to fruits to local pickles and more. To get the best woolen items & handicrafts, one can visit Manu Market and Khara bazaar,in Manali and pick the best quality Kullu shawls, caps, and jackets. The Mall road area of Manali naturally comes in the list of best shopping destination in Manali as we all know it is packed with shops that sells artifacts, handicrafts, shawls, woolen wear, local tweeds, rugs, Buddhist paintings, Bamboo souvenirs, Chinese goods, artificial jewellery, etc.
Other than this, you can visit the old Manali market for Dorjes, Gadan Thekchokling Gompa market for carpets, Charitable Trust Tibetan Handicrafts market for unique Tibetan items, Mohal market in Kullu for dry fruits, fresh juices, & local pickles, and Lakkar Bazaar for wooden furnitures with intricate carvings.
Indian Movies shot in Manali
Many filmmakers have used Manali as their backdrop in movies. Yeh Jawaaani Hai Deewani, Bang Bang!, Mary kom, Krrish, Fanaa, Jab We Met, Roja, Henna and Laal Dupatta Malmal ka, 3-Idiots are among the favorite movies shot in Manali.
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