Mandi district placed in the bank of Beas River. The district administrations are directed from Mandi City, it is the headquarters of the district. This city is famous for its 81 old stone temples and their vast range of fine carving. You will found several colonial architecture of Historical age which reflects a rich culture of the district. Among them some temple architecture sustains today also. There have some example of those great architecture- Bhutnath temples, Trilokinath temples, Panchvaktra temples, Shyamakali temples and many more.
The people of Mandi celebrate a number of festivals. Among them Shivratri (pray to Hindu God Shiva) is the famous festival of the district. It continued for 7 days with several cultural activities and a big fair. The fair activities like cultural dance, music, sports etc. are the major attractions for the tourists as well as the locals.
By Rail: The railway connection is well in Mandi district. Nearest railway (broad gauge trains) stations from the Mandi city are placed at Joginder Nagar, Chandigarh and Kalka. These railway statione are linked by regular bus services.
By Road: Mandi is very well-connected by road route. There is a road network through out the district which connects the city from other districts or towns, likes Shimla, Pathankot, Manali, Palampur and Dharamshala. If you want to reach here from the other state of India then you have to enter from Delhi or Chandigarh by National highways NH-20 and Nh-21.
By Air: There have no airport in the district of Mandi. Bhuntar is the nearest airport which placed in the neighboring district Kullu from 50 kms away to Mandi main town.
There is a chart of road distance from neighboring places of Mandi Headquarter. Mandi city is well-connected with bellow mentioned places by a good road network.
|Places||Distance (Km)||Places||Distance (Km)|
|Area||3,950 sq km|
|Altitude||754 Meters (Avg.)|
|Head Quarters||Mandi Town|
|Temp. Summer||28 ° C (Avg.)|
|Temp. Winter||5 ° C (bellow 0 ° C on higher places)|
|Best Seasons to Visit||March to October|
|Place of Interest||Rewalsar Lake, Parashar Lake, Barot, Shikari Devi Temple, Sundernagar, Jogindernagar, Tatta Pani, Chidi, Janjehli, Kamru Nag Lake.|
|Languages||Hindi, Punjabi, English (English uses only in urban area).|
|Population||999,518 (according to census 2011)|
|Clothing||Cotton clothes in summer season and heavy woolen clothes in winter season|
|Religion||Hindus (95%), Buddhism and Sikhism|
|Currency||Indian Rupee ()|
Rewalsar Lake: This Lake is very famous and interesting place to visit. It is physically squared and built with a length of 735 meters. Local people believe the water of the Lake is flowing through to an underground narrow cannel from Rewalsar to Nagchala (Nagchala is placed 10 km away from Rewalsar Lake). It is said that the great Hindu priest Lomas Rishi held his penance in devotion to lord Shiva in the ancient age and Shiva gave him the seven islands in reward.
Parashar Lake: The great priest Parashar meditated on the valley of this Lake for a long time and so, the Lake is named as Parashar Lake. It is full of with deep blue waters but in winter season is frozen. You will found also a beautiful temple on the bank of the Lake which is only temple in the Western Himalayas can rival the greatness of the settings of Prashar Rishi from other Temple. A fair is placed here in the in the month of June where neighboring people gathers.
Barot: It is a beautiful picnic place placed at 33 km away from Mandi Town. It is famous for Trout Fishing and a ropeway that attracts the Tourist.
Shikari Devi Temple: The Temple is very quiet spot for tourists at which placed at a height of 3,332 meters above the mean sea level. You will be found an attractive sunrise and sunset from the temple which must be touch your heart. You can reach here from Karsog via Bakrot or via Gohar.
Sundernagar: It is an interesting place to visit for tourists. It is placed 25 Km away from the Mandi town. Waters of two colossal rivers - Beas and Satluj have been combined here and build the Asia's biggest Hydel Project. This place is also well-known for its Temple architecture. You will found the Devi Temple, the Sukhdev Vatika and the Mahamaya temple in the city.
Jogindernagar: Jogindernagar is connected with a narrow gauge line from Pathankot. The major attractions of the city are Macchial (a holy place for Hindu), Shanan Hydel Project, Pandoh Dam, Slapper Hydel Project; Rock Salt Mines at Gumma and Darang.
Tatta Pani: Tatta Pani is local word of Himachal Pradesh which means hot water. It is bounded by hills and placed on the right bank of Satluj River with an average height of 656 meters above the mean sea level.
Chindi: It is far away (107 Km) from Mandi main town, but little away from Shimla. Chindi is a small village cover with green incredible beauty. This village is famous for apple fruits. You will found several small temples here.
Janjehli: Janjehli village is all most covered with thick forest. It is placed 67 km away from Mandi town with an average height of 3,300 meters. You will found here an attractive rest house to stay overnight.
Kamru Nag Lake: Who loved to trek on hill they should be reach there. There have some resting resort for trekkers at a height of 3,334 meters above mean sea level.