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Mandi Tourism - The Varanasi of Hills
Mandi, also known as 'Varanasi of Hills', is a well known district situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the River Beas, the historic city of Mandi was earlier known as Mandav Nagar after the great Sage Mandav.
Famous for its stone temples, the destination has more than 300 shrines devoted to the Hindu deities Shiva and Kali. Some of the popular and ancient temples include the Panchvaktra Temple, the Ardhanarisvara Temple, and the Triloknath Temple.
The Bhootnath Temple, one of the oldest temples of the region built in 1520, is a famous tourist attraction of Mandi. Gurudwara Gobind Singh also attracts a fair share of tourists every year. Perched at an elevation of 11500 ft above sea level, Shikari Peak in Mandi is another noted tourist destination. Also, know as the ‘Shikari Devi Peak’, this peak has a temple devoted to Shikari Devi.
Other important attractions include the Sunken Garden, The District Library Building, the Vijay Kesari Bridge, Pandoh Lake, Sundernagar, Prashar Lake, Janjheli, the Rani Amrit Kaur Park, the Bir Monastery, and the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary. The Shikari Devi Wildlife Sanctuary is also quite popular among tourists visiting Mandi. It is home to a variety of fauna including goral, monal, black-bear, barking deer, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, cat, leopard, and the Himalayan palm civet.
The destination can be easily reached via air, rail and road.
Travellers are advised to visit Mandi during the months of March and October.