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Mandi Tourism

Packed with a thick green cover of pine and deodar trees, the town of Mandi is situated at the junction of Kullu and Dharamshala. It is often referred to as 'Varanasi of Hills', or 'Choti Kashi' as the town has as many as 81 temples spread across its area.

Lying on the banks of River Beas, Mandi also displays some old palaces and temples that can be dated back to the 5th Century AD. Serving as a gateway to some famous valleys such as Kullu, Manali, Spiti and Lahaul, Mandi is must on your north India itinerary which never fails to enchant its visitors. Mandi is also the nearest town to various treks like Prashar lake and Janjheli.

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The town of Mandi is rich in culture and tradition. The people of Mandi are called Mandyalis, and Mandeali is the language spoken in the region. The people wear traditional Indian clothing, but with the influx of western culture --- the youth have been migrating to more modern outfits. Sepu badi - a delicious preparation of dal, spinach and yoghurt is the main cuisine of Mandi, which has unfortunately not gained culinary prominence outside the state of Himachal Pradesh. The town also has its main folk dance called Banthra. The Himachal Pradesh Darshan Photo Gallery is located in Mandi, which contains a beautiful collection of art depicting the traditions and lifestyle of the state. The town is famous for its week-long International Mandi Shivaratri fair, held in March every year which attracts a lot of footfall. It is believed that Mandi was blessed by one of the 10 Gurus of the Sikh religion on his visit here. Touched by the devotion of the king and its peoples, the guru granted that Mandi would always remain safe and bolts from heaven would crush any invading forces. He considered Mandi to be the safest place in the world.

Restaurants and Local Food in Mandi

Mandi is a small city and a commercial hub of Himachal Pradesh. This fact about the city makes sure it owns numerous restaurants, eating joints and dhabas serving multi cuisines.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1- Check-in at the hotel. Visit Prashar lake, famous for its serene ambience and then walk around to enjoy the splendid views and try the delicious Himachali cuisine.
Day 2- Pay a visit to the famous Pandoh Dam set amidst the green hills of Mandi. Then, visit the ancient Triloknath temple which is close to Pandoh Dam. Visit the Bhoothnath temple and Bhimakali temple.
Day 3- Leave for Barot Just about 66 km from Mandi, Barot is a green and beautiful valley famous for its tranquillity and Shanan Hydel project.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Well-connected with the major cities with NH 20, making it accessible. Full of religious spots and natural beauty.

What's Not So Great?

Cannot be visited around the year. Winters in Mandi are chilled but the region does not usually receive snowfall.

For Whom?

For pilgrims and trekkers. Also for the people from nearby areas of Delhi looking for a relaxing holiday in the midst of nature.

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How To Reach Mandi

Mandi does not have an airport or a railway station of its own. The nearest airport is in Bhuntar and the nearest railway station is in Pathankot. A taxi can be boarded from outside the airport and railway station to reach Mandi. However, the most convenient way of travelling to Mandi is by hiring a cab or riding on the HRTC bus which operates regularly from Delhi.

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Rohit Shroff 1 year ago
- Carry a pair of shoes, since there will be a lot of walking during the trip.
- Winters are excruciatingly cold, avoid visiting in winters. But if you do, carry extra woollens.
- Make sure you have enough information beforehand of wherever you go sightseeing or have a guide with you.
Ravi Kumar 8 months ago
The taste for travel in India has changed a lot over the years. The new generation travellers prefer places that are away from the hustle and bustle of busy tourist destinations. All they look forward to is a quiet and relaxing vacation. A little bit of sightseeing and more of lazying out in a hotel that offers a great view, clean air, a place that is quiet and natural. Such is this destination known as CHINDI that is just 95 kms away from Shimla and 100 kms from Mandi. Not many people have known this, but this truly is a place to spend your next vacations.
Subham Dawn 1 year ago
Explore the hilly areas nearby the temple .. Awesome Silence and view ..
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