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Mandi - The historic town of Himachal

The historic town of Mandi (800 m) is built along the banks of the river Beas (it is one of the most turbulent rivers of western Himalayas flowing through Himachal Pradesh and finally making its way to Punjab where it serves as the lifeline of farmers). Mandi has long been an important commercial centre and the sage Mandva is said to have meditated here. This one time capital of the princely state of Mandi is a fast developing town that still retains much of its original charm and character. Today, it is a district headquarters. Mandi is renowned for its 81 old stone temples and their enormous range of fine carving, it is often called the 'Varanasi of the Hills'. The town has remains of old palaces and notable examples of 'colonial' architecture. The temples of Bhutnath, Trilokinath, Panchvaktra and Shyamakali are among the more famous ones. The week long international Shivratri fair, Mandi is scheduled to be held from 13th -19th February, 2010 and in this fair the activities like cultural programmes in the evenings, exhibitions, sports etc. are the major attractions for the tourists as well as locals. 

 
 
 
 
 

General information:

 

Area: 3950 sq. km

 

Population 9.01 lakh

 

Clothing: Cotton clothes in Summer and heavy woolen in winter.

 

Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.

 

Approach:

 

Rail The nearest railway station is at Joginder Nagar, Chandigarh and Kalka by broad gauge train which are connected by regular bus services.
 
Road: Mandi is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot and Delhi. There are regular bus services linking it to the other towns like Manali, Palampur and Dharamshala.

 

Distances from Mandi - Places to visit in Km

 

1.      Janjehli  65

2.      Joginder Nagar  55 

3.      Prashar lake  45

4.      Rewalsar  25

5.      Sunder Nagar  26