General Info of Mandi

The historic town of Mandi is built along the banks of the river Beas. It has long been an important commercial centre and the sage Mandva is said to have meditated here. This one time capital of the princely state of Mandi is a fast developing town that still retains much of its original charm and character. Today, it is a district headquarters. Mandi is renowned for its 81 old stone temples and their enormous range of fine carving, it is often called the 'Varanasi of the Hills'. The town has remains of old palaces and notable examples of 'colonial' architecture. The temples of Bhootnath, Trilokinath, Panchvaktra and Shyamakali are among the more famous ones. The week long international Shivratri fair in Mandi is the major attraction of the area every year. In the year 2013 the fair was celebrated in March. In the fair the activities like cultural programmes in the evenings, exhibitions, sports etc. attract the tourists as well as locals.

Things to do

  • Enjoy hiking at Jhanjheli.
  • Make the way to trekking at Parashar Lake and visit the Parashar temple located at its vicinity.
  • Visit Lakes, Monasteries and other Mythological Structures and stories of Rewalsar.
  • Visit the many temples of Sunder Nagar.

Spiritually enlightening and amazingly photogenic, Mandi is decorated with shimmering lakes, pious temples and breathtaking landscapes. The tiny hill station is also known by the name of "Varanasi of Hills" or "Choti Kashi" or "Kashi of Himachal" as it is dotted with around 81 temples. From the sparkling Rewalsar Lake to the appealing Mata Kua Rani Temple, Mandi, the Varanasi of Hills, has no dearth of places that can provide relief to both the mind and soul. The city has a remarkable collection of religious sites that draws inspiration from a variety of religious denominations.

Mandi is revered by people of Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist community. Mandi is a beautiful yet an unusual destination of Himachal Pradesh. The town curls around the holy Rewalsar Lake which is said to have appeared when the king of Mandi tried to kill Guru Padmasambhava when he got to know that his daughter Mandarava is running off with him. On the bank of the lake is the 12 m-high statue of Padmasambhava, which is the main attraction of the place. People even say that Guru Padmasambhava's (Guru Rinpoche) spirit resides in this lake in the form of a tiny reed flowing in the river and that it why the lake is sacred to all the Tibetans.

There are more than 300 temples in Mandi which are dedicated to Hindu god and goddesses. The most famous amongst them is the Bhootnath Temple, which was built here in 1520. Another famous shrine is the temple devoted to Shikari Devi, which is located at an elevation of 11500 ft above sea level. Mandi is also renowned for the Gurudwara which is dedicated to the tenth Guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh. The Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara was built in 1930 to honor Guru Gobind Singh ji's visit in 1738 to Rewalsar. Mandi is renowned for its Shivratri celebration, which takes place here in the month of March. The town is small and authentically mystic!

For those who love to enjoy the landscapes than Mandi is the place to be. Here, tourists can enjoy activities like trekking, night safari, mountaineering, skiing, etc. For wildlife enthusiasts, there is the famous Shikari Devi Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to multiple species of animals including leopard, Goral, monal, black bear, barking deer, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, cat, and the Himalayan palm civet.

On a trip to Mandi, immerse yourself in Himachal Pradesh's religious heritage and humanitarian culture. Mandi is an important pilgrimage site for travellers from all over the world. If a tourist wants to step away from the city for a quiet getaway, then they must include Mandi in their Himachal tour guide.

Adventure Activities

Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, River Rafting, Trekking, Camping, Mountain Biking & Motor Cycling and Paragliding are some of the prominent adventure sports which can be enjoyed in Mandi. Tourists can go for trekking at Janjhehli, which is located at an elevation of 3300 meters above sea level.

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