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Dechen Choekhor Monastery,
Gongkar, Tibet.
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Dechen Choekhor Monastery,
Kullu, India.


Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara, Kullu, India.

Druk Dechen Choekhorling Tibet, the mother monastery of great importance in Drukpa Kargyu Lineage, was established by 3rd Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche approximately 400 years ago. Since then it has been served as the main seat of the Drukpa Choegon Rinpoches and the Drukpa Yongzin Rinpoches. This ancient monastery is located at Gonggar County, Lhoka Prefecture, Tibet.

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Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Under the advices of his three root gurus, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the 8th Kyabgon Khamtrul Rinpoche and the 8th Kyabgon Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche, the present Choegon Rinpoche is currently re-establishing this unparalleled greatest monastery of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Northern India.

About Kullu

Kullu is considered to be one of the 24 holy places of Chakrasamvara, and it was visited by Padmasambhava and many of the great Mahasiddhas. It's an ancient town of Himachal Pradesh, descript by the local as 'Kulantpitha' means 'the end of the habitable world', which seems appropriate as beyond Kullu, there are only the high Himalayas.


The hill station boasts of a number of splendid valleys and breathtaking views of the mountains, making it a visual delight. After independence, it became the district headquarters and is still an important trade center of the region. Situated at a distance of approximately 40 km from Manali, Kullu is a popular stopover point for tourists visiting Manali and trekkers targeting the trek routes of the Parvati valley and the Pin valley. The beauty of the valley has led to it being called as the 'Valley of Gods'. People here are warm and friendly and deodar and pine forests surrounding the area, giving it a paradisiacal look. The natural beauty and scenic splendor of Kullu has contributed immensely to the growth of its travel and tourism industry.


How to Reach Kullu

Kullu, located in the lap of nature and boasting of a pristine climate, is a major tourist attraction in North India. Pilgrims, trekkers, and other frequent travelers flock in large number to this tourist spot. The place offers a romantic location for honeymooners too. Kullu stands on the western side of the bank of Beas River and serves as an ideal tourist destination during the months of April to July The place is well connected with the rest of India, through all modes of transportations. How to reach Kullu is dealt in detail, down this page.

By Air
Kullu has an airport of its own, known as Bhunter airport, which is siatuted at a distance of approximately 10 kilometers distance from the main town. Kingfisher Airlines are one of the domestic Airlines operate flights to places like Delhi, round the year. It takes hardly 90 minutes to reach Kullu from Delhi, by air. From the airport, one can easily get taxis for reaching the main town.


By Rail
Joginder Nagar is the closest railhead from Kullu, situated at the distance of 125 km. Other than this, Pathankot at 285 km, Simla at 270 km, Chandigarh at 267 km, and Kalka are other major railheads near the place that offer excellent traveling facilities. There are regular buses from these places, making it very easy travelers to reach Kullu.

By Road
Kullu is well connected with major cities of the state, along with the nearby ones, like Delhi and Chandigarh. The distance from Delhi is 522 km approximately, with Ambala, Chandigarh, Ropar, Kiratpur, Bilaspur and Mandi as the main stations on the way. Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) provides excellent transportation facility for travelers, along with some private transporters.


Kullu Weather

Kullu valley forms one of the most visited hill stations in India, owing to its pleasant weather and exquisite natural beauty. The place has three seasons in a year. Every season has its charm here and gives it a beauty in its own entirety.


The most active season for tourism is summer, when tourists from across the globe flock in, in large numbers. During summer, nights are still cool and days a little bit warm. Seasonal changes resemble in flora too, with cherry blossom occurring during April and apple blossom being seen in early May. Let's get more information on the weather and climate of Kullu.

Summer season in Kullu starts in March and lasts until June. During summers, the maximum temperature reaches 30 degree Celsius in the day, while the nights still retain a bit of chill. Summer is the season when tourists come in large number. When rest of India goes through extreme heat and hot blows of air, Kullu offers respite, with its cool and calm. Light woolen and cotton clothing is ideal during this weather condition.

Extreme weather is observed in Kullu during the winters, when the temperature goes down to freezing point. From December to February, Kullu observes heavy snowfall. During this period, major part of Kullu remains covered with the white blanket. However, the snow does not remain on the ground for a long time and tourists still can enjoy the fun of sightseeing. Heavy woolen clothes are required during this weather.

Kullu experiences rainy season from July to September. During rains, the weather over here becomes chilly, as the snow range is near. This is the time when the valley looks its most beautiful, with freshly washed leaves of trees. In this weather condition also, travelers are recommended to carry light woolen clothes to deter cold.

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