Tourism in Mandi Himachal Pradesh:
Mandi is situated on the banks of the river Beas. It has a rich culture and history represented by its temples which are a major tourists draw. Mandi is an important trading centre situated on the Pathankot-Kullu road. The town is also the gateway to Himachal's most famous valleys - Kullu, Manali, Lahaul and Spiti. Mandi is also on the Kullu-Shimla road via Bilaspur. It is the headquarter of the district. The entire town has a huge sprinkling of temples.
Famous Places Around Mandi :
Rewalsar Lake : Shaped quite like a square and with a shoreline of 735 meters. It is an important pilgrimage. This lake is known for its floating island. The lake is also associated with Nag cult or serpent worshipping. The lake water is believed to be flowing underground from Rewalsar to 'Nagchala' ( a place 10 km from Mandi on the Mandi-Shimla National Highway ). The Hindus believe that it was here that the 'Lomas Rishi' held his penance in devotion to lord Shiva. Overwhelmed, Shiva gave the rishi, the seven floating islands in reward. This is a very sacred place.
Prashar Lake : This lake is situated in a cup like valley. A temple of great scenic beauty is also here. With deep blue waters, this beautiful lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar (rishi). A three-tiered Pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage lies by the lake - and he is regarded to have meditated here. No other temple in the Western Himalayas can rival the grandeur of the settings of Prashar Rishi. A fair is held here in the in the month of June every year, where people gather from all neighbouring villages. This lake is fed by small mountain streams.
Barot : A nice picnic spot situated at a distance of 33 km. from Mandi on Mandi - Pathankot Highway. It is famous for Trout Fishing and a ropeway that attracts the Tourist.
Shikari Devi Temple : Tranquility for trekkers at a height of 3,332 metres above sea level. Captivating sunrise and sunset from the temple is soul stirring. You can reach the place from Karsog via Bakrot ( Chindi ) or via Gohar ( Budhakedar ).
Sundernagar : Beautifully fertile valley receives the tired traveler with open arms at a distance of 25 km from Mandi on the National Highway. Waters of two giant rivers - Beas and Satluj have been wedded here to give birth to Asia's biggest Hydel Project generation electricity for the country. Devi Temple, Sukhdev Vatika and the temple of Mahamaya are the well known places of worship.
Jogindernagar : ( 57 km. ) Jogindernagar is the terminus of narrow gauge line from Pathankot-Jogindernagar. A journey from Jogindernagar to Barot in the interior of Mandi district, on the haulage trolley is thrilling. Bassi power station is 5 km. and next to it is 'Macchial' considered to be a sacred spot. It is worth a visit on account of Shanan Hydel Project built by the Britishers Pandoh Dam, Slapper Hydel Project, Rock Salt Mines at Gumma and Darang are other attractions around the main town.
Tatta Pani : Resting deep in a scenic valley and surrounded by hills. It is located on the right bank of river Satluj at an altitude of 656 meters. This natural sulphur spring is pure and has curative power for various kings of bodily ailments. The water level of the spring keeps changing with the fluctuation in the water level of the river. Tatta-pani means hot water.
Chidi : This little hamlet in an apple growing area is blessed with breathtaking beauty. There are numerous small temples of considerable antiquity not too far away. Chindi, easily approachable via Tatta Pani from Shimla. It is 107 km. from Mandi.
Janjehli : At a distance of 67 k.m. from Mandi,Janjehli is a paradise for hikers, offering treks up to a height of 3,300 metres. After covering 32 k.m. by a motorable road up to Gohar and rest of the journey is on foot. In the midest of thick forest, forests (15 km from Gohar) is Bajahi.There is a beautiful and well furnished rest house to stay overnight, from here Janjehli is a scant 20 km away through bridle path.
Kamru Nag Lake : Resting resort for trekkers at a height of 3,334 metres above sea level on Mandi - Karsog road.
Tourism in Mandi :
Tourism in Mandi offers famous lakes, hot spring, trekking areas, a picture of developing Himachal, rewalsar lake, prashar lake, kamrunag lake, shikari devi temple, hot spring at tattapani, trekking area of janjhehli. Tourism in Mandi is mainly related to Rewalsar Lake which attracts uncountable number of tourists throughout the year. Tourism in Mandi also offers a fine trek to amazingly beautiful Prashar Lake. The whole area around Prashar area is natural paradise. The trekking areas of janjhehli offers tourists a chance to trek at an height of 3300 meters above sea level. Mandi is also a rapidly developing city of Himachal. This place is also ideal for shopping.Tourism in Mandi offers a unique picture of developing Himachal with some very beautiful and sacred places to visit, hotpring with healing properties, amazing trekking area and a very beautiful escape to Shikari Devi Temple. Being at Shikari Devi Temple feels like top on the skies.
District Mandi : General Information
Altitude : 754 meters.
Headquarter : Mandi ( altitude 754 meters )
Location : Mandi is situated between 31°13'50'' and 32°04'30'' North Latitude and between 76°37'20'' and 77°23'15'' East Longitude. It is bounded by Kangra on the North-West, Hamirpur and Bilaspur in the West, Arki tehsil of Solan district on the South-West and Kullu district in the East.
Access by Air : The nearest airport is Bhuntar around 62 km.
Access by Rail : Nearest narrow gauge railway line between Pathankot and Jogindernagar 55 km.
Access by Road : Almost each and every part of the state is linked by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation is running its buses covering the whole state. There is huge network of HRTC to cater the needs of the people.
Distances : Manali 110 km., Delhi 460 km., Dalhousie 360 km., Dharamshala 125 km., Pathankot 215 km., Chandigarh 210 km. and Shimla ( via Bilaspur ) 150 km.