Mandi was previously known as Mandav Nagar. Mandi is located 153 kilometres north of Shimla, state capital. It is situated at mean altitude of 1,044 metres in the north-west Himalayas. It is one of the biggest cities of Himachal Pradesh. It has an total area of 23 square km. Mandi District was formed by incorporation of the former generous places of Mandi and Suket on the founding of Himachal Pradesh on 15 April 1948. It is serving as the head quarter of the district of the Mandi District since then. Mandi is made on the banks of the River Beas.

Auto-rikshaw or bus is the local transport in Mandi. Tourist taxis are also available. The taxi stand is located in front of Seri Stage.

Informally, the natives of Mandi are called Mandyalis. The language generally used for communication at local level is Mandeali. Sepu Wadi is the main food of Mandi.

Mandi Shivaratri Fair is famous in Mandi. Every year the fair held in the month of March for seven days. It is said that the celebration of Shivratri have initiated in the year 1526 to celebrate the establishment of present-day Mandi.

Mandi has more than three hundred old and new temples. Due to historical significance, there are many traditional temples which the Archaeological Survey of India has acknowledged 'protected monuments'. Mandi is also known as 'Chhoti Kashi' because of the big number of temples and its position along River Beas. The temples are mostly devoted to the Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali.

Places To See In Mandi

  • Bhootnath Temple - Bhootnath Temple is a old temple. In March, the Bhootnath Temple is the focus of Shivratri. Mandi celebrates the onset of hundreds of local idols on ornately decorated palanquins for an entire week.
  • Rewalsar Lake - It is about 25 km from Mandi. It is famous for its floating islands of reed. There are three shrine, a Buddhist monastery, a Sikh gurudwara and a Hindu temple. Boating facilities are available.
  • Prashar Lake - With a pagoda shaped temple, it lies 49 km north of Mandi.

Mandi Cuisine

The food of Himachal Pradesh has a considerable impact of the Tibetan and Punjabi style of cuisine. The native of Himachal Pradesh choose spicy foods. However in regular routine citizens have north Indian dishes to eat.

Food items that the people of Himachal Pradesh prefer are Dal and Chawal. Another food of the region is Roti Sabzi. These items are famous food items of North India.
Sidu is an well known cuisine of the state. It is offered to the guests. Patande is another key food item of the natives of Himachal Pradesh. Meat is a very popular food among the non- vegetarian people. The raw meat is cooked with cinnamon, cardamom. cloves, coriander leaves and red chillies.

Himachal Pradesh celebrates the Food festival of Dham.

Where and What to shop at Mandi

Himachal is famous for its pahari woodwork. Pahari art has preserved their culture and traditions through their sculpture. Himachal is famous for the Tibetan items, woodworks and tribal handicrafts. Tibetan wool is extremely soft and of high quality. You will find many street side stalls belonging to the Tibetans. While shopping in Mandi, find out the right places to shop. The locals hike the prices and sell their goods. They expects the tourists to bargain. When you visit some of the adjacent places like Sundernagar, keep your eyes open for pahari and tribal handicrafts.

Climate and Best Time to Visit Mandi

The best time to visit Himachal Pradesh is every month that you can explore according to your requirements and timings.

  • Winter (December to February) is chilly with snow falling keep traveller attracted for a long time
  • Summer (March to May) is best time to explore because day weather is considered as pleasant. Morning and nights are cool.
  • Monsoons (June to mid September) is considered as rainy season. If you want to explore the green forest ranges and green valley, then this time is the best.

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest airport is Bhuntar about 57 km from Mandi.

By Rail

The broad railhead is at Pathankot. It is at a distance of 210 km. From Pathankot the railway connects Joginder Nagar. Joginder Nagar is 55 km from Mandi.

By Road

Mandi is well linked by road to other places. The main bus stand is above an open playing field, where the NH 21 continues along the left bank of Pandoh River.

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