The central district of Himachal Pradesh state are Mandi, which was earlier known as Mandavya Nagar. Mandi lies in the foothills of Shivalik range, at an altitude of 760 meters (2,495 ft) and along the left bank of the river Beas.
This place has historical and mythological critical. It also perfectly boasts of unique temple architecture. On the banks of river Beas, there are plenty of ancient temples, so this city rightly referred to as Chhota Kashi.
This town is more scenic because the Beas directly flows through the hills, valleys, and town. The city is a significant commercial hub.
It is a major transit route to other adjoining places from NH-20 (Pathankot-Mandi highway), NH-21 (Chandigarh-Manali highway), to Kullu-Manali, Dharamsala, Lahaul and Spiti, Kangra, etc.
Mandi is called as the “Varanasi of the Hills” because it is widely known and esteemed for its unique 81 old stone temples plus their extraordinary range of beautiful carving.
You can find large scale evidence of ‘colonial’ architecture and has the remains of ancient palaces in this town. It is the base for several exciting excursions and the gateway to the Kullu valley.
Located at the heart of the town. It is ancient as its town and dates to the 1520s. The festival of Shivratri is an essential event in this temple. During the festive week, nearly hundreds of local deities arrive at this town on elaborately decorated palanquins. This temple is known for its unique architecture and sculptures.
Located just 25 km from Mandi. You can find here the floating islands of reed. You can also find a Hindu temple, a Sikh gurudwara and a Buddhist monastery on the bank of the lake. Boating facilities are readily available for tourists and vacationers. This lake is considered holy by the locals.
Located nearly 49 km north of Mandi. You can find a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated mainly to the sage named Prashar.
Known for its sizeable hydro-electric project. You can make a stunning trip on an electric trolley to have a complete view of the project and its large reservoir. You can also visit the Bassi power station and Machhial, where you can feed fish.
Other famous places in and around Mandi are:
- Santan Datri Man Shimsha
- Nageshwar Mahadev Kud
- Sunder Nagar
- Nagni devi temple
- Troka wali devi temple
- Tej bahadur singh Temple
- Mahan Dev temple
- Surgani devi temple
- Kamrawh dev temple kotli
- Jhagru Dev Temple
- Janitri devi temple and Racehra dev temple