Brief History of District Kullu

By | November 6, 2016


  • According to the traditional folklore of people, the Kullu valley originally bore the name of ‘Kauntapitha’ means the end of the inhabitable world.
  • Bihangmani Pal is believed to have been founder of Kullu state.

  • Kailash Pal (1428 A.D.) was the last Raja to bore the surname of Pal.
  • Jagat Singh (A.D. 1637-1672) was the most powerful ruler of the dynasty.
  • The idol of Raghunath ji was brought from Ayodhya in 1651 by a Brahmin named ‘Damodar Das’ and installed in Kullu by Raja Jagat Singh.
  • Raja Jagat Singh transferred the capital from Naggar to Sultanpur in A.D. 1660.
  • Hieun Tsang visited Kullu in A.D. 635.
  • Mr. Moorcraft was the first European to visit Kullu on his way back to Ladakh in A.D. 1820.
  • Kullu has the distinction of having the oldest democracy in the world in village ‘Malana’.
  • Jagatsukh, Naggar and Sultanpur were the capital of princely state form time to time.

Other important information about District Kullu:

  • Headquarter: Kullu
  • Altitude: 1219 meters
  • Languages spoken: Kullui & Hindi
  • The district is located between 31°58’00” North Altitude and 77°06’4” East Longitude.
  • The only river which originates from district Kullu is Beas.
  • The Mansarovar Lake in olden days was known as Mantilac.
  • The Potato Development Stations in Kullu are at Hamta (Kullu) and Kuna (Anni).
  • The Vegetable Research Station in Kullu is at Katrain. This station is maintained by Indian Agriculture Institute.

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  • The Cereal Seed Multiplication Farm is at Sainj, Kullu which is maintained by National Seed Corporation.
  • Pioneer of fruit growing in district Kullu was Capt. R.C.Lee of ‘Bundrole orchard’. He set up an apple orchard in the year 1870 and obtained plants from United Kingdom.
  • Padha Bansi Lal was the first local farmer who planted apples trees in the District Kullu at Seobagh.
  • Sheep breeding farm at Nagwain started in 1963 under Indo-German project.
  • Bed Ram Thakur was the founder of Bhuti Weavers Co-operative society in 1944.
  • In the past, Manali was known as ‘Dana Aghe’.
  • The First Guest House in Manali was Sunshine Guest House managed by Banon family.

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2 thoughts on “Brief History of District Kullu


    these notes are very helpful. i would suggest u to arrange geography monuments important personalities temples fair festivals according to district

    1. HP General Studies Post author

      Your suggestion is appreciated. But everything is already arranged in a well manner on the website. Kindly explore the website to know in detail.


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