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Mandi - 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.

Tourist Places In And Around Mandi

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.

How To Reach Mandi

The destination can be easily reached via air, rail and road.

Best Time To Visit Mandi

Travellers are advised to visit Mandi during the months of March and October.

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How to Reach Mandi

  • By Road
    Travellers interested in exploring Mandi District can visit the destination by bus. State owned buses, which connect Mandi to its neighbouring cities, can be availed by tourists to reach the destination.
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  • By Train
    The Kiratpur Railway Station is the nearest rail head located at a distance of about 125 km from Mandi. This station is well connected with all major cities of India via Chandigarh.
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  • By Air
    The Bhuntar Airport is the nearest air base to Mandi, located at a distance of about 59 km from the town. The airport is connected to major Indian cities like Shimla, Delhi, and Mumbai with regular flights. Taxi services are available from the airport to Mandi at the rate of about INR 1200 per trip.
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