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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: Apr-Oct (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Chandigarh (Check Flights)

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Mandi Tourism

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

Mandi, a popular commercial hub of Himachal Pradesh, is simply much more than that. Lying on the banks of River Beas, Mandi also displays some old palaces and exquisite form of colonial architecture. With a blend of warm and cold weather, the city housing the lakes and gardens provide for its travellers a breath of fresh air. 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.

Hotels in Mandi

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  • PRAKASH

    INR 1,000 /night onwards

  • OYO 24927 Himgiri Resort

    INR 1,117 /night onwards

  • OYO 26909 Hotel Paras

    INR 1,441 /night onwards


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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.

Located on the banks of river Beas, Mandi is famous for its ancient beauty of temples that can be dated back to the 5 century AD. Due to the presence of a number of religious spots, it is often stated as "Kashi of hills" or "Varanasi of hills". Loaded with the natural beauty and serenity, Mandi not only offers the prismatic views of the mountain ranges but the culture, history, and diversity come as an extra perk. Mandi also offers the various treks, trek to Prashar lake is one of the easiest and most famous treks in this region. Janjheli is another attractive location for the trekkers and campers 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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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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Mandi Reviews

10 months ago by Rohit Shroff

- 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.

2 months ago by Ravi Kumar

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.

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10 months ago by Subham Dawn

Explore the hilly areas nearby the temple .. Awesome Silence and view ..

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10 months ago by Neha Nagpal

This moderately challenging trek leading to a lake of mystery with an inherent floating island, considered sacred by the locales is a bliss in winters for a travel freak. One can either take a taxi uphill or decide to trek through forests from Baggi Village which takes about 5-6 hours. I got a chance to Visit this place in January, decided to trek through the scenic beauty the trail offers. After breakfast, we started with the trek around 11:30 am and reached around 7 pm. I would recommend taking woolen clothes that are light in weight but warm and snow boots while trekking in winters. Also, carry some eatables like dry fruits,nuts etc. and liquid as you cannot really find a single person selling these during winters on the way.On reaching top-hill, one can either stay in Temple in the vicinity of the blue-water lake or can go for tents. We had our dinner sitting near the bonfire which felt like the tastiest food we ever had and decided to rent a tent.

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  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... (Read More)

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