Mandi

River Beas flowing through Mandi

Mandi is a town in Himachal Pradesh. Mandi has around 300 temples, with 81 stone temples known for their intricate carvings. Most of these temples are built for Shiva and Kali. Some of the temples to visit are Panchvaktra Temple, Ardhnareshwar Temple and Triloknath Temple, all declared as protected monuments by the Archaeological Survey of India. Also visit the anceint Bhootnath Temple, dating back to the 1520s.

Get in

The nearest railway stations are Joginder nagar and Shimla.But the best way to get Mandi is by road.There are regular buses that run between Mandi and all other major towns in Himachal as well as to Chandigarh. The drive to Chandigarh is about 5-6 hours.

The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport (in Kullu District) which is 60 km from Mandi Town.Flights are available to and from Delhi, Chandigarh and Jubber-Hatti (Shimla). From Delhi, it takes one & half hour to reach Bhuntar Airport. Another airport is Gaggal airport in Kangra district.

Get around

This historic town is built along the banks of the Beas river. Sage Mandvya is said to have meditated here, hence the name. The town is known for is old stone temples and the fine carvings and is called the Varanasi of the Hills.

See

Temples

Other attractions

For those who seek adventure a not so popular trekking destination janjehli is 67 kms away. It offers trekking up to 3300 metres to shikari mata peak. it has several others trek routes but the place suffers due to apathy of government. Nonetheless the whole valley offers you some exhilarating views of unspoilt nature and sprawlng apple orchards. Dense forests of Himalayan cedar and blue pines really present a treat to eyes as well as health. Shikari mata sanctury has myriad varieties of flora and fauna. Alpine oaks, spruce, fur and several other medicinal plants are found in plenty there. Wild animals like black bear, musk deer and leopard live here in their natural habitat. Various types of birds including the rare monal are at galore in protected sanctury of Shikari mata. Janjehli is connected by road to Mandi and buses and taxis are a conveniently available and a guest house of Forest department is available for those who want to stay overnight there and a trekkers hostel is under construction. Rohanda( 2100 m )and karsog valley( 1800 m )are other beautiful places nearby on Mandi-Shimla road which are pretty popular among motorcycling clubs. Orchard resorts ( 2200 m ) near rohanda and Mamleshwar hotel at Chindi (1860 m ) are quite good on this route.

Eat

There are lots of local delicacies with urad dal as one of the main ingredient.Even the food is served on plates made of leaves.The complete meal is the combination of different type of dishes "sweet,sour n salty"

Sleep

Himachal tourism has numerous hotels in the area. It is advisable to book these hotels in advance especially during the peak travel months. Check out their hotel listings at http://himachaltourism.nic.in/hotdir/hotdisp.asp

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