Temple Tours in Mandi have been famous for a long time, Mandi is also known as the Varanasi or holy city of the Himachal. Mandi is located in the heart of the Himachal Pradesh, along the banks of the river Beas. The valley around the Beas is broad and this is where Mandi is situated. With an altitude of about 750metres the city has a pleasant climate through out the year making it a great destination in both summers and winters.
To plan your temple tours in Mandi you will have to choose a route via road, rail or air. The narrow gauge railway stations are at Shimla and Joginder nagar which can be great fun especially if there are kids. You could also come via Chandigarh or Kalka which have larger rail junctions well connected to many Indian cities. By road Mandi is well connected to Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot, delhi, Manali and Dharamsala. Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport in Himachal which has regular flights from Delhi.
Mandi is a city of great cultural heritage showcased by its many palaces and monuments. There have been Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh influences on the city evident from its many temples, monasteries and gurudwaras. Along the banks of the Beas there are 81 temples in the city of Mandi making the temple tours in Mandi a very fulfilling experience for the pilgrims. Some of the very important temples are the Tarna temple, the Bhima kali temple and the Panchvaktra temple. The most popular month for the temple tours in mandi are in the month of march when the festival of Shivratri , a homage to the lord shiva is celebrated. Near Mandi is the Rewalsar lake which has a floating island made of reed. The Lomesh rishi temple devoted to the lord Shiva is located around this lake. Here you will find a Buddhist monastery as well as a Gurudwara making this spot holy amongst all the three faiths.
The temples in the city of Mandi are built on both the banks of the river Beas, these temples have a peculiar architecture. Most of these temples are built in the shape of shikaras or floating boats. Another picturesque spot is at the edge of the valley, Sundernagar which is famous for its tall towering trees. This hill is flooded by thousands of devotees to visit the Sukhdev Vatika and the temple of Mahamaya. The Koyla maa temple is also located near Sundernagar and the Hanoji Maa temple en route from Mandi to Kullu.
A visit to the Skikari devi temple is a must during temple tours in Mandi. This temple is located atop a hill and the journey half way up to janjheli can be covered by road but after that one has to trek through thick forest. The walk through the forest uphill is delightful for hikers but not easy for the old.
Temple tours in Mandi are not just about visiting temples but one can connect with nature with the green forest cover, surrounding hills and the gushing waters of the river Beas.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/07