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Mandi district, formerly known as Mandavya Nagar, is one of the prominent districts of Himachal Pradesh which is famous for various ancient temples carved in historical architecture. 

People also sometimes refer to it as Chota Kashi because of its significance and number of ancient temples sited on the Banks of Beas River. 

Mandi is a nice blend of beautiful lakes, lush green surroundings that, over a period of time, have become a defining factor in attracting loads of tourists to this place.

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The best time to visit Mandi is from the month of April to October. During these months, the weather is quite pleasant and is perfect to explore Mandi. 

History of Mandi

Mandi was born out of the merger of two princely states, Mandi and Suket on April 15, 1948. This was the time when the state of Himachal Pradesh was also established. 

Until the mid-20th century, Mandi was majorly situated on the trade route between Yarkant County and Ladakh to Hoshiarpur serving as one of the commercial hubs and trade centres. 

It is believed that Mandi was founded in 1200 AD by Bahu Sen. And since the beginning, the chiefs of the state have been the Chandervanshi Rajputs who belonged to the Sen dynasty of Bengal.

Major Attractions in and Around Mandi

1. Rewalsar Lake. This lake holds a great spiritual significance. If you want to experience something enchanting then you should definitely travel here. Situated at a distance of around 25 km, this place is quite well known for its seven floating islands as well.

2. Kamru Nag Lake. This is one of the most famous trekking paths situated at a height of around 3334 m. The Kamru Nag Lake lies on the Mandi-Karsog road that serves as an attractive tourist spot specifically for the trekkers.

3. Bhima Kali Temple. As the name suggests, the temple has been dedicated to Goddess Bhima Kali. Moreover, here you will also see a lot of statues of Gods and Goddesses. For the people who are spiritually inclined, this place is an amazing option for exploration.

4. Bhutnath Temple. Dating back to 1520s, this temple is considered as old as the town of Mandi itself. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple sees flocks of tourists visiting here, often. Also, the festival of Shivratri is celebrated here with much grace and fervour.

How to Reach Mandi

Also referred to as the Varanasi of the hills, Mandi is an enchanting town meant for nature lovers. It is located at a distance of about 425, 1,837, 1,948, 2,601 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Follow the below-given route to plan a trip to Mandi. 

By Air. The nearest aerodrome is the Bhuntar Airport aka Kullu Manali Airport (KUU) sited at Bhuntar. From Kullu, the airport is situated at 11 km and from Manali, the airport is at a distance of 50 km.

Due to its single runway, it is considered as a challenging airport. This is due to it being at a high altitude which makes it difficult for the pilots to land the plane. Located on the banks of Beas River, the new terminal of the airport was inaugurated in 2008. Many prominent airlines operate to and fro via direct and connecting flights from other cities. Once you deboard the plane, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transport.

By Train. The nearest train station is the Pathankot Railway Station (PTK). It is situated at an altitude of 331 metres and has overall good connectivity with other Indian cities. Once off the train, you can easily take any means of public transport available like a cab to travel further to your desired destination.

By Road. Mandi is fairly well-connected via motorable roads to other cities. You can take Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses available. 

  1. From Delhi, you can board a bus from ISBT terminal
  2. From Chandigarh, board the bus from Sector 43 bus stand

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