Mandi Travel Guide Himachal

Interesting Facts about Mandi

  • Mandi is often referred to as the "Varanasi of Hills" or "Choti Kashi" or "Kashi of Himachal" as there are 81 temples in Mandi whereas 80 temples are there in Kashi (Banaras).
  • Aut Tunnel, located in Mandi District on National Highway 21 (India) is the longest road tunnel in India with a length of about 3 km.

Spiritually enlightening and amazingly photogenic, Mandi is decorated with shimmering lakes, pious temples and breathtaking landscapes. The tiny hill station is also known by the name of "Varanasi of Hills" or "Choti Kashi" or "Kashi of Himachal" as it is dotted with around 81 temples. From the sparkling Rewalsar Lake to the appealing Mata Kua Rani Temple, Mandi, the Varanasi of Hills, has no dearth of places that can provide relief to both the mind and soul. The city has a remarkable collection of religious sites that draws inspiration from a variety of religious denominations.

Mandi is revered by people of Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist community. Mandi is a beautiful yet an unusual destination of Himachal Pradesh. The town curls around the holy Rewalsar Lake which is said to have appeared when the king of Mandi tried to kill Guru Padmasambhava when he got to know that his daughter Mandarava is running off with him. On the bank of the lake is the 12 m-high statue of Padmasambhava, which is the main attraction of the place. People even say that Guru Padmasambhava's (Guru Rinpoche) spirit resides in this lake in the form of a tiny reed flowing in the river and that it why the lake is sacred to all the Tibetans.

There are more than 300 temples in Mandi which are dedicated to Hindu god and goddesses. The most famous amongst them is the Bhootnath Temple, which was built here in 1520. Another famous shrine is the temple devoted to Shikari Devi, which is located at an elevation of 11500 ft above sea level. Mandi is also renowned for the Gurudwara which is dedicated to the tenth Guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh. The Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara was built in 1930 to honor Guru Gobind Singh ji's visit in 1738 to Rewalsar. Mandi is renowned for its Shivratri celebration, which takes place here in the month of March. The town is small and authentically mystic!

For those who love to enjoy the landscapes than Mandi is the place to be. Here, tourists can enjoy activities like trekking, night safari, mountaineering, skiing, etc. For wildlife enthusiasts, there is the famous Shikari Devi Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to multiple species of animals including leopard, Goral, monal, black bear, barking deer, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, cat, and the Himalayan palm civet.

On a trip to Mandi, immerse yourself in Himachal Pradesh's religious heritage and humanitarian culture. Mandi is an important pilgrimage site for travellers from all over the world. If a tourist wants to step away from the city for a quiet getaway, then they must include Mandi in their Himachal tour guide.

Adventure Activities Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, River Rafting, Trekking, Camping, Mountain Biking & Motor Cycling and Paragliding are some of the prominent adventure sports which can be enjoyed in Mandi. Tourists can go for trekking at Janjhehli, which is located at an elevation of 3300 meters above sea level.

Where to stay There are quite a few accommodation options in Mandi. Most of them are budget and mid-range hotels and resorts. Hotel Mamleshwar (HPTDC), Visco Resorts, The Regent Palms Hotel, Munish Resorts and Evening Plaza Hotel are some of the best hotels which offer scenic views of the snow-clad mountains.

Where to eat Raj Mahal Palace, Anandaa (Seri Bazaar), Topchen Restaurant (Rewalsar), Kora Community café (Rewalsar), Copacabana Bar & Restaurant, and Hotel Vivek & Restaurant are some of the best restaurants in Mandi which offer scrumptious food.

Weather and Climate Winters (October to March): 4-22°C
Summers (April to September): 10°C-28°C
Best time to Visit: March to October

How to Reach

By Airways: Bhuntar Airport (Kullu) is the nearest airport and is around 60 km away from the hill station. Prominent cities like Delhi, Shimla, Dharamshala, Pathankot and Chandigarh are well connected with Kullu by air.

By Railways: The nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar Railway Station. The railway station is located at a distance of 50 km from Mandi and is well connected with Chandigarh.

By Roadways: Tourist busses and taxis are available from every city of Himachal Pradesh. Nearest places from Mandi are:

City Distance
Manali 110 km
Shimla (via Bilaspur) 150 km
Chandigarh 210 km
Pathankot 215 km
Dalhousie 360 km
Delhi 460 km