Formerly, the Kullu valley was known as Kulanthapitha, meaning the end of the habitable
world. The earliest recorded information of this area goes back to 1st century AD,
when this valley began to be inhabited. In the medieval period, Kullu and the area
around it was ruled by a number of local rulers. The Kullu valley was isolated from
other parts of the country for many centuries until it came under British rule.
The state, with many a snow-bound Himalayan peak, has some of the most spectacular
landscapes in the country. It also has some very popular holiday resorts which are
Apart from sight-seeing, it offers immense scope for trekking, skiing and rafting.
Shivalik, Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal are the major mountain ranges in the state.
Tibba, Indrasan, Kullu Pumori, Leo Pargial, Menthosa, Mulkila, Papsura, White Sail
are some of the peaks which rise above 6000 mts. And there are mighty rivers like
Beas, Ravi, Sutlej and Chandra in which white water rafting is a rage with youngsters.
There are awesome glaciers and enchanting lakes, snow-capped peaks and lush-green
valleys. Clean and peaceful, Himachal has good roads and communication facilities.
There are Government and private agencies providing good tourist services such as
transport, accommodation, catering and trekking and rafting. The state can be divided
into five tourist segments