Mandi Tourism

Mandi Tourism

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  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Mandi
Mandi is a city located in the district of the same name in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on the banks of the river Beas. It is popular for being the main commercial centre of Himachal Pradesh. Earlier Mandi was named as Mandav Nagar after the Sage Mandav and there are several ancient temples here.  

There are about 300 temples here dedicated to Lord Shiva and Kali, out of which, around 81 temples are the oldest ones made of stone with intricate carvings. Some of the popular ancient temples located here are Panchvaktra Temple, Ardhnareshwar Temple and Triloknath Temple. All the monuments that are present inside the temples are under the authority of the Archaeological Survey of India.

The ancient temple of Bhootnath located here is one of the oldest temples that belong to the 1520s. Around thousands of pilgrims come here every year to visit Gurudwara Gobind Singh, which is named after the Guru who blessed this town years ago.

Other attractions here include the Sunken Garden, which is also known as the Ghantaghar. Around 25 kilometres from the region is the Lake of Rewalsar, which is a popular excursion spot.    

Other than the ancient temples, Mandi is popular for its festivals and fairs, among them Mahasivratri is the main festival as most of the temples here are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Nalwar Mela held here is one such popular event.   

The geographical area of Mandi is covered with green forest cover, which includes pine and deodar forests and tea plantations. The climate of Mandi remains warm and pleasant in the months of April, May and June. The best time to visit Mandi is in between the months of March and October.  

The nearest airport is located in Bhuntar, which is about 59 kilometres from Mandi. There is no major airport near Mandi except for Delhi airport that is 460 kilometres away. Taxis are available from Bhuntar airport that connect Mandi easily.

The nearest railway station is located in Kiratpur, 125 kilometres from Mandi and is connected to other cities through Chandigarh. Mandi is connected by regular bus service, which includes private deluxe bus services that operate regularly.    

Mandi is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Chandigarh  and Ludhiana.

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Saket Vatsa

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  • Saket Vatsa
  • 1 Review
  •  147 readers

"Mandi a pleasant place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 23, 2016
Mandi usually a night stay for many travellers who use their own vehicle to travel from Delhi to Manali or to visit parashar lake.
Mandi is a place which is situated on the river bank of the beas river and the view and weather is awesome over here.
Particularly there is not much to visit in town apart from river beas and Victoria bridge which is build by British and it looks awesome. Near by town you can visit paradhar lake(45km from town) one of the famous place to visit in Michal and rewalskar lake (25km from town).
There are many old temples in Mandi which you can visit.
Famous food what like the most is known as bhaturu but in shops it is known as kachori.
Famous market in town is indira market, you can buy authentic Kullu dress and woolen items from here.
Its better to travel by govt bus or own vehicle.
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Dinesh Katoch

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  • Dinesh Katoch
  • Lives in Mandi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  561 readers

"Wonderful visit to Mandi"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
It was February of 2015. I went to Mandi for my SSC' LDP' test. I went there on my bike. It was Monday. The beas river is flowing through the road. Air was fresh and cool. Mandi is really a good hilly location. It is also called dev bhumi of Himachal. Which is necessarily true. There are about 80 temples of different devi and devatas. People there were friendly. Markets are also good. Buildings were not much high as mandi is a hilly region. Absolutely mandi is truly called the bhoomi of devtas as after each and every turn alongside the road one can see a new temple. After I finished my test I and two of my friends went all over the place.
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Ankur Gupta

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  • Ankur Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  628 readers

"Choti Khashi Mandi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2015
The most beautiful place that I have visited in my life. I started my journey from Delhi ISBT from late night by the HRTC BUS to mandi. The journey was awesome. I really enjoy the journey. According to the bus schedule will stop at their local destination for the passengers to pick up. And at the place of Sunder Nagar, I ate my breakfast. The food was totally the home made food with lots of Ghee. I wish, I always stay at their.
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Durga p Sharma

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  • Durga p Sharma
  • Lives in Jaipur
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
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"Mandi place that shows truly unforgetable Himachal"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 21, 2015
Mandi is a combination of spiritual and adventurous place. Here is biggest Gurudwara of town Rawalsar Gurudwara. The river Beas flows throughout the Mandi. With the modernity, it is place where you feel like a solo tourist as here mostly come spiritual tourist. It is different from other in a way, that it is rush free hill station. It is best place for persons who want to explore distinct places.

It is junction for travellers to take stay because it is affordable in terms of stay and food, as compare to Manali and Kullu. You easily move to Manikaran sahib, Kullu, Manali and Shimla from here. All are just comes under the range of 150 kilometres. The Beas River passes through the station. River rafting station is located about 20 kms from Mandi town. The gallery (small museum), Indira market (Indian style mall), sunset stark are main attraction of town. Except that IIT campus is also a must visit place here.

The real Himachali food you can grab here easily. Every food you know is available here, but with distinct taste. For the shopping there is Indira market and mini mall road. Indira market is a typical open roof mall of the town, I guarantee, it gives you the great feel of traditional Indian shopping.

When I visit there, I stay there for four days. First day I visited Manikaran sahib that is 93 kms from here. Second day I visited Kullu and same night in Manali. I reach back to Mandi in the night of third day. Fourth day, I visit the local attractions that is market, natural amenities and do for river rafting in Beas circuit. The route from Mandi to Kullu was the greatest experience for me.

It is must visit town of Himachal, if you like less rush places. You can reach here only by bus. Buses are available from all leading town such as Chandigarh, Haridwar, Delhi Shimla etc. My advice is that take bus from Chandigarh. The bus takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Mandi from Chandigarh. Some warm clothes are mandatory. It is place where you visit in any month, no issues to heavy snowfall etc. Visit and explore the real Himachal here.
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Abhinav Saha

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  • Abhinav Saha
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Full of adventures"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2014
It is a must visit place in Himachal Pradesh. As this is on the way to Manali. So one could spend one night here. River view rooms hotel are amazing, you can get those in like visco resorts. Natural beauty is awesome. Sun rise view will attract you. Atmosphere early morning is super awesome.
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Prateek Gauba

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  • Prateek Gauba
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2486 readers

"A city of Temples"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Oct 14, 2014
Mandi is a unique city in itself. Going by its history, it was a place of trade between people of different regions. Mandi is an unusual location for such interaction to take place, yet it holds in itself a charm that distinguished it from other cities of Himachal. There are a lot of temples in Mandi, portraying ancient architectural styles. The temple mostly built along the banks of rivers offer calm to the pilgrims. The city is breathtakingly beautiful. In the background is the noise of the rivers, which renders a kind of peace most travellers would not have been used to.
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Rahul Kumar

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  • Rahul Kumar
  • 1 Review
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"Hard landslides and roads"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2014
I went to Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) in July 2014 and stayed for 3 days. That was awesome 3 days because there were high-rise hilly mountains and helpful people but there were bad condition of roads and landslides problem. It would be great if you were travelling with taxi.
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Sachin Dubey

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  • Sachin Dubey
  • Lives in Kanpur
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"Amazing view from the watch house"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 18, 2014
I visited Mandi during the month of October. I was a trip provide by Asian Paint. I Enjoy the place very much. At night we parked or car near the watch house and the view from there was amazing. In the morning it was raining heavily continue. the food over there was amazing. I could not spend much time there as it was my office trip, but i am planing another trip where i can spend time according to my will.
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  • Akhil
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  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 6 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
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"Mandi was awesome"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Jun 27, 2014
Mandi is a good place to visit. Its in between route to Kullu and Manali. We had a good time there. It was really an awesome experience.
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