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Mandi, known as a former princely state is positioned on the banks of the River Beas. The city has preserved its past grace and glory and by steeping into the splendor of its past, you will get to know about its rich heritage.

The city is titled as the “Varanasi of Hills”. The place holds the honor of having 300 temples in the city with 81 ancient with stone carving on to it. The city has all those majestic palaces with fine carvings and magnificent mansions of Victorian era always appeal to the tourists. These temples and palaces render the city the princely elegance to this pictorial town. According to the legends, the city was the spectator of the great sage Mandav’s act of self-punishment, and it believed that his penance was so severe that even the rocks turned black in color. Mandi travel and tourism is a popular among the Indian and foreign tourists alike and for that the Mandi tour packages are a perfect way of exploring the splendor of the destination in North India.

The city is blessed with amazing beauty having lush tea plantations rambling pine, deodar forests and fauna enfolded with the magnificent peaks. Apart from its glorious temples and palaces, the city is also famous for activities like trekking, shopping etc. In addition, it hosts a number of fairs and festivals. Due to its close association with Lord Shiva, here Mahashivratri is celebrated with all fun and flair. A write-up of the city is absolutely incomplete without mentioning its famous Nalwar Mela, where herd of bullocks are seen stealing the show.

General facts about Manali
Location: North India
State: Himachal Pradesh
Area: 3,950 sq. kms.
Language:Pahari, Mandyali, Hindi and English
Climate: Cold and Moderate
Major Attractions: Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Vashisth, Monasteries, Jagatsukh
Ideal Time to Visit: Apr – Jun, Sep – Nov

Tourist sightseeing in Mandi
Mandi District has more than 81 old stone temples, having different types of stone carvings. The nearby villages, such as the Kotli, Bhiuli, Khaliar and Manyana, are known for ancient Hindu temples and lakes.

The place has rich heritage with its numerous time-honored temples having different types of stone carvings on them. The city has a famous peak called Shikari Peak having Shikari Devi temple and the Shikari Devi Sanctuary. Some of the well-known Buddhist monasteries in the district are the Drikung Kagyu Gompa, Rewalsar Monastery, Tashijong Gompa, Bir Monastery and Tso-Pema Ogyen Heru-kai Nyingmapa Gompa. Some of the famous must-visit lakes in the city are Rewalsar Lake, Kamru Nag Lake, Kumarwah Lake, Kunt Bhayog Lake, Pandoh Lake, Prashar Lake and Sukhsar Lake.

Another important attraction in Mandi is Tarna Hill, having a famous tarna devi temple, Triloknath temple and Rani Amrit Kaur Park. Other places to visit that are located near Mandi are Kamlah Fort, Panjain Thach, Jhatingri, Rohanda, Tattapani, Naldehra, Mashobra, Barot and Balh Valley. The Gadda Gusaini, Sunken Garden, Sunder Nagar, Joginder Nagar and Janjehli are also situated near the town.

The must-visit valleys like the Chauntra Valley and Pangna-Karsog Valley known for several ancient temples and Buddhist monasteries. Some of the major temples in the city are the Magru Mahadev, Mamleshwar Mahadev, Kamaksha Devi, Balak Rupi, Naina Devi and Padamasambhava Cave.

Climate of Mandi
Mandi bears a warm yet pleasant weather during its summers during the months from April to June. Winters are really cold taking its temperature to the freezing point. The best time to have an excursion to Mandi is in the months of March till October.

How to reach

Mandi By Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar around 62 km.

Mandi By Rail:the nearest narrow gauge railway line is located at Kiratpur, 125 kilometres from Mandi and is connected to other cities through Chandigarh.

Mandi By Road: Regular busses are available from Mandi connecting to different states and cities of the country.

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