The Kullu Valley is also known as the Valley of the Gods. Mr Rudyard Kipling has written, "Surely the Gods live here, this is no place for men". It is situated on the banks of the river Beas on the lower reaches of the Himalayas. Kullu is known for its ancient temples, apple orchards and the annual Dusshera Festival. Kullu is also famous for its handicrafts and woolens like shawl, caps, namdas and patoos. The best time to visit Kullu is during Dusshera in the month of October. A few kilometers from Manali is the Rohtang Pass, a place known for the divergent landscapes. You will find the rich greenery of the Kullu valley along with bare, brown mountains, glaciers and snow-fields. The place looks lovely in the crisp sunlight. The Rohtang Pass lies in the district of Lahaul and Spiti. Due to its difficult terrain, not many tourists have ventured into this region. The place is untouched by the outside world of modernity.
Himachal Pradesh is a state of India Northern Zone . It is spread over 21,495 sq mi (55,673 km²), and is bordered by the Indian states of J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) on the north, Punjab on the west and south-west, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on the south, Uttarakhand on the south-east and by the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. The literal meaning of Himachal Pradesh is Region of snowy mountains like Shimla and Manali etc.