Situated on the banks of Beas River, Mandi features a unique blend of old traditional charm and modern technological advancement. It has rich cultural and historical heritage. The town is dotted with many holy temples and great historical monuments. Due to presence of numerous temples, Mandi is referred as the 'Varanasi of the hills'. The city also consists of several palaces and orchards showing the colonial influence on Indian culture. Major tourist attractions in and around Mandi are the Lomesh Rishi Temple, Buddhist monastery, Sunder Nagar, Prashar, Shikari Devi, Koyla Ma Temple and Joginder Nagar.
Mandi can be easily accessed from various major cities in Himachal Pradesh and other states. The closest airport is at Shimla. The nearest narrow gauge rail heads are at Shimla and Joginder Nagar. Kalka and Chandigarh are the closest broad gauge railway stations. The town of Mandi is well-connected to the cities like Manali, Dharamshala and Palampur by regular bus service.
The town of Mandi houses about 81 sacred temples. Most of the temples are decicated to Lord Shiva. The Bhootnath Temple is located in the heart of the city. The festival of Shivratri celebrated in March is a very popular event associated with this temple. Symakali Temple is another holy temple in Mandi. Constructed by Raja Syama Sen, this temple is also known as the temple of Tarna Devi. Other popular temples in the city are the Triloknath Temple, Gyarah Rudra Temple, Ardhanarisvara Temple etc. Baijnath Temple is one of the most ancient temples in Mandi. Located about 23km from Joginder Nagar, Baijnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is worshipped as 'the Lord of Physicians'.
Rewalsar Lake is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Mandi. Located at the distance of about 25km from Mandi, it is popular for its floating islands of reed. There are three shrines at this spot including Buddhist Monastery, a Hindu Temple and Sikh Gurudwara. This lake is a sacred place for all three communities. Boating facilities are available in this lake. Prashar Lake is another beautiful lake located approximately 40 km away to the north of Mandi. There is a three-storied pagoda style temple devoted to Sage Prashar near the lake.
Sunder Nagar is situated at the distance of about 26 km from Mandi. This town lies at an altitude of about 1174 meters on the raised point of a picturesque valley. Sunder Nagar is well-known for its holy temples. Located at the distance of about 67 km from the town of Mandi, Janjehli is another place of interest. It is a perfect destination for trekking and hiking. Shikari Devi Temple lies about 15 km away from Janjheli. It is an ancient temple, surrounded by some magnificent landscapes. Joginder Nagar is another tourist attraction near Mandi. It has a hydel power scheme created by Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi. There is the Shanan power house constructed by a team of engineers, lead by Col. Battye. Joginder Nagar offers relaxing holidays with wonderful options like sightseeing, fishing, trekking and picnics.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/07