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.