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The historically eminent, spiritually significant and amazingly panoramic Mandi is spread out along the banks of River Beas. A commercial hub and a former capital of the princely state, the heritage town retains its historic charm and character. The town was founded in 1526 AD and at the creation of Himachal Pradesh on 15 April, 1948 it made the district headquarter by merger of the princely states of Mandi and Suket.

Besides the river ghats and among the town’s streets are over 80 stone built temples that are decorated with religious motifs and well chiselled idols of gods and goddesses. Lord Shiva as the main deity of Bhootnath, Trilokinath, Panchvaktra and other important temples has ordained Mandi as the ‘Varanasi of the Hills’ as ‘Choti Kashi’.

For its temple architecture, old palace and rich traditions, Mandi is so often considered as the cultural capital of the state. A weeklong festival of Shivratri, held every year in February-March, is when the entire town wears a decorative look. Over 200 village deities (Devtas) with their followers from near and far visit Mandi for Shivratri where stalls laden with local merchandise are set up; exhibitions, sporting events and entertaining cultural programmes in the evenings are held to complete the festive moments of the fair.


Hindi, Punjabi and English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade. Residents of Mandi usually use Mandyali, the local dialect, in their every day communication.

Clothing Essentials

In summer, Mandi can get hot and sticky like the Indian plains, making cotton clothing the preferred choice, but in winter the mercury can dip to sub 5-degree Celsius and heavy woollen clothing is essential.



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How to Reach

By Air The nearest airport for Mandi is at Bhuntar, Kullu. The airport is 60 Km from Mandi.
By Rail The nearest broad gauge train travels up to Pathankot, from where a narrow gauge train gets to Jogindernagar. The 55 km distance from Jogindernagar to Mandi has to be covered by road.
By Road Mandi is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, and Delhi. Luxury and ordinary buses connect Mandi to other tourist towns of Manali, Palampur and Dharamshala.


Places to visit Distances from Mandi (Km)
Rewalsar 25
Janjehli 85
Joginder Nagar 55
Parashar Lake 45
Sunder Nagar 26
Shikari Devi
Kamru Nag Lake
Rewalsar Lake
Prashar Lake
Tarna Devi Hill
Panchvaktra Temple
Trilokinath Temple
Joginder Nagar
Barot valley
Karsog valley


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Season Months Temperature
Winter December – February 10°C – 15°C
Summer March – June 28°C – 35°C
Rainy July – August 20°C
Autumn September – November 20°C