As observed by the historians the early historical records Of the
State are scanty and unreliable. The area being far in the interior of the mountains seems
to have remained, more or less, independent till brought into subjection by Akbar along
with the other hill States. It was frequently involved in war with the neighboring States,
especially Kashmir, Mandi and Kangra, and for a time the superficial area was as much as
10,000 square miles.
On the decline of the Mughal power it came,
in 1786, under the control of Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra, and in 1809 became tributary to
the Sikhs. In 1841 it was annexed to the Sikh kingdom. After the First Sikh War, Kulu was
included in the territory ceded to the British Government as part of the war indemnity.
Kulu does not have the rich historical, archaeological or epigraphical antiquities like
In Kulu the most interesting remains of
antiquity are the temples of Nirmand in Outer Saraj and Hat at Bajaura, with an ancient
inscription at Salanu. Mandi and Suket also have ancient temples.