Himachal Darshan Photo Gallery, situated on Chandigarh-Manali National Highway, is placed at a distance of 4 km from Mandi. Displayed in this photo gallery is a wide collection of photographs that talk about the cultural and social heritage of Himachal Pradesh. The varied collection of photographs on historical monuments, rivers, valleys, birds, temples, mountains, animals, people and sculptures of the state take visitors on a visual journey of the state's history.
Bhootnath Temple is a popular tourist destination located at the heart of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. According to records, this temple was built in 1527 AD by Raja Ajber Sen. Dedicated to the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva, this temple was constructed during the time when the state capital was being shifted from Bhiuli to its current place.
According to a legend, Raj Madhav, the deity who ruled the state of Mandi, along with other hill deities, visits the temple and offers prayers before beginning with a procession during the festival of Shivaratri. This festival is celebrated here in a grand manner for the duration of one whole week and is attended by thousands of devotees. It is also believed that 100 local deities come to the festival.
Bhimakali Temple is an important religious site in Mandi located on the banks of the river Beas. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Bhimakali, the family deity of the Bushahar rulers of Mandi. Displaying a beautiful architectural style, this temple has a large museum showcasing various statues and images of Hindu gods and goddesses. According to a legend, the Hindu God Krishna fought a great war against Banasura, a demon king, at this site and buried his head in earth.
Built by the Yadava rulers, this temple offers a beautiful view of Shrikhand mountain peak. Thousands of devotees visit this temple every year on the occasion of Kali Puja.
Barot is a remote place in Mandi surrounded by beautiful dense forests of deodar. The Joginder Nagar Hydel Power Project, nestled at a height of 2600 m, is located here. A premier breeding place for trout, this place offers huge fishing opportunities to visitors. Trekking is also a popular activity amongst visitors. Situated near the Summer Palace of the Mandi kings and the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, this is an ideal picnic spot for visitors.
Kamaksha Devi Temple, dedicated to Kamaksha Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, is a prominent religious site located in the Kao village, in the Mandi district. According to a legend, the goddess killed the demon Mahishasura at this place. Buffaloes are sacrificed at this temple every year during the Hindu festival of Navratri. The temple is famous for its traditional Pagoda architectural style, beautiful paintings and wood carvings. Located at a distance of just 7 km from Karsog, the temple is easily accessible.
Ardhanarisvara Temple is a noted religious site. The idol enshrined in this temple is a representation of the ideology of Ardhanarisvara, which refers to a god who is half man and half woman. The Hindu Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati, are depicted here in a composite form of half man on the right and half woman on the left. This temple was constructed based on the principle that women are an integral part of men’s life. The Archaeological Survey of India recognises this temple as a protected site for its unique architecture and elaborates carvings.
Chindi is a prominent tourist destination located close to the Karsog Valley in the Mandi district. It is an exotic hill station surrounded by mountains and dense forests of pine and deodar. The popular attractions of the place include a small temple and numerous apple orchards. Located at an elevation of 1825 m, this hill station has a local market, from where tourists can purchase warm rugs and ethnic handicrafts.
Jhatingri is one of the popular picnic spots situated at an elevation of 6600 ft above sea level. Located on Ghogar Dam, this place can be reached via Urla which lies on Mandi-Pathankot National Highway. Blue pine and deodar forests on the route to Jhatingri add to the charm of the place. At this place, travellers can also find an age-old summer palace of the former kings of Mandi and a rest house.
Gurudwara Gobind Singh is dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru. It is under his leadership that the Sikh community united and fought against the Mughal ruler, Aurangzeb. During this war, Guru Gobind Singh received enormous support from the king of the state. Situated on the banks of the river Beas, this gurdwara is also known as the Gurudwara Palang Sahabas. There is the bed on which Guru Gobind Singh used to sleep. Apart from that, a musical instrument called the Rabab, a gun and a gun kuppy that Guru Gobind Singh used are also preserved here. A big tank of water, believed to have medicinal properties, lies adjacent to the gurdwara. The interiors of the gurdwara are looked after by the royal family.
Gyarah Rudra Temple is a prominent pilgrimage site located in Mandi. Devoted to the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva, this temple is decorated in such a way that it looks like the famous Amarnath Cave Temple.
Gadda Gusaini is a beautiful valley famous for the Madhopur Fort, built by the former rulers of Mandi. This fort was primarily used for storing arms and ammunitions during the early eras of the kingdom. In addition to this, the fort was also used as a place for punishing criminals of the state. The Tungasi Fort is also located in this valley.
Joginder Nagar, located at an elevation of 2500 m above sea level, is the only town in Asia that boasts of three hydroelectric power stations. Thus, this town has been given nicknames like the Electric City and the City Of Powerhouses. An electric trolley located at the site takes tourists up the mountain to see the reservoir located at Barot.
Janjheli, located at an elevation of 2200 m above sea level, is well known for adventure sports like hiking, trekking, mountaineering and skiing. Night safari at Janjheli is an activity that is very popular amongst visitors. Situated at a distance of 67 km from Mandi, Janjheli has several trekking routes, which connect destinations like Shoja, Karsog, the Shikari Devi Temple, Chindi, the Kamru Nag Temple and Rampur.
Chauntra Valley is a small village situated close to Mandi. Popular as a paragliding destination of Bir, it attracts numerous adventure enthusiasts throughout the year. Recently, a Tibetan University, along with a small Tibetan settlement, has cropped up in the Chauntra Valley, making it a fast-growing tourist attraction.
Balh Valley, also known as the Sunder Nagar Valley, located at an elevation of 800 m above sea level. Placed between the Shimla Ridge and the Shivalik Hills, this valley has a prominent stream, Suketi, flowing through it. Cultivation of maize, wheat, ginger and sugarcane are exclusively done in this valley. The occupations of the villagers of the Balh Valley include dairy farming, mixed farming, animal husbandry and horticulture.