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A Trip to the Majestic Mandi

by Madhav Srinivasan 1944 days ago

Mandi, formerly a princely state, is a historic town located in the heart of Himachal. It is famous for its 81 old stone temples and their intricate carvings. Mandi is rapidly developing into a town that still retains its past.

Popularly known as the “Varanasi of hills”, Mandi houses some great palaces and finely carved temples. There are huge mansions of the Victorian era, which add beauty and grace to picnic spot. It is said that this is the place where the great saint “Mandav” undertook his penance and according to the legend, it is believed that his amends were so harsh that the stone turned black because of it.

Mandi has an enormous growth as a tourist spot. It is a perfect location for shopping. The Tibetan handicrafts and handlooms that are put to sale are truly eye catching. There are a lot of tourist attractions in Mandi, including hot streams, breathtaking trekking sites and much more. Mandi is a small yet scenic town one should not miss exploreing on their holidays in HImachal Pradesh.

Fairs and Festivals

In addition to the historical monuments and marvels of nature, Mandi is also popular for it well-known fairs and festivals. Most of the temples in this hilly area are named after Lord Shiva; therefore, Mahashivratri is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm. Some of the most famous temples include Bhutnath, Triloknath, Panchvakra and Shyamakali. The most famous of all the fairs is the “Nalwar Mela”. In this fair, herds of bullocks are decorated with colorful makeup that marks the eye catchers of the show. Various cultural programs are also held during the Mahashivratri festival. Mandi can also be visited by those who are booking honeymoon trip to Himachal

How to Reach Mandi

Mandi can be accessed based upon your choice of transport. If you consider the rail route, there are many choices. Even though Mandi itself does not have any railway station, there are many nearby towns that have. Railway option is divided into the narrow gauge and broad gauge. The narrow gauge stations are at Shimla and Jogindernagar, which are at a distance of 2-3 hours from Mandi by road. The broad gauge is at Pathankot, Chandigarh or Kalka. It is best to take a rail tour to Chandigarh because it is well connected with other major Indian cities.

You can also reach this place by air via a connecting flight from Delhi to Chandigarh and then board a train from there. A trip to Mandi via road is not less travelled either. One can travel to Mandi via road from Chandigarh through Ropar and Bilaspur. Mandi is a city of bliss and many visitors travel to this place all year round. Its lustrous tea plantations, dense deodar and pine forests and rich fauna make it s delightful hill station.

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