Pilgrimage

#1 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 24 km from Mandi, Rewalsar Lake is a mid-altitude lake situated at Rewalsar in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Tso Pema Lotus Lake, it is one of the most sacred lakes of Himachal Pradesh and among the most-visited tourist places in Mandi.

Situated at an elevation of about 1,360 m, Rewalsar Lake lies on a mountain spur and is protected by a variety of dense vegetation. The lake is known for the tiny island of floating reed that drifts over the water. The lake is held sacred by Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists alike. Legend has it that, the king of Mandi tried to kill Guru Padmasambhava when he got to know that his daughter Mandarava is running off with him. The king tried to ruin their love by cursing them to die in a fire. By using his supernatural powers, Padmasambhava transformed the funeral pyre into a lake, out of which arises a blooming lotus that supports the unharmed Mandarava and Padmasambhava.

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#2 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 2 km from Mandi Bus Station, Triloknath Temple is a sacred Hindu temple situated on the banks of Beas River in Mandi. Located in Purani Mandi across the Old Victoria Bridge, it is one of the oldest temples and among the most-visited tourist places in Mandi.

Mandi is not just a popular touristy place of Himachal Pradesh, although a unique one known for its spiritual significance. It is often referred to as 'Varanasi of Hills', or 'Choti Kashi', or 'Kashi of Himachal' as the town has as many as 81 temples spread across its area. One such ancient shrine is that of Trilokinath which was dedicated to Lord Shiva. As per the history, the temple was built in the year 1520 AD by Sultan Devi, queen of Raja Ajber Sen.

Known for its shikara architectural style, there is a square garbhagriha in the temple which houses the three-faced image of Lord Shiva. The shrine also has sculptures of Goddess Narda and Goddess Sharda, along with that of a few other Hindu Gods and Goddesses. .....

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#3 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 1 km from Mandi Bus Station, Panchvaktra Temple or Panchbakhtar Temple is a sacred Hindu temple situated in Mandi. Situated at the confluence of Beas and Suketi rivers, it is one of the oldest temples and among the most-visited tourist places in Mandi.

Mandi is not just a popular touristy place of Himachal Pradesh, although a unique one known for its spiritual significance. It is often referred to as 'Varanasi of Hills', or 'Choti Kashi', or 'Kashi of Himachal' as the town has as many as 81 temples spread across its area. One such ancient shrine is that of Panchvaktra Temple which was dedicated, Lord Shiva. It is one of the protected monuments in Mandi town, which comes under the Archaeological Survey of India.

Panchvaktra Temple is a supreme shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The foundation date of the Panhvaktra temple is still unknown but was restored under the reign of Sidh Sen's kingship (1684-1727) as it was damaged due to floods.

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Backwaters

#4 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 20 km from Mandi, 50 km from Kullu, and 88 km from Manali, Pandoh Dam is an embankment dam on the Beas River in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated near Pandoh Town, It is one of the popular dams in Himachal and among the famous Mandi Tourist Places.

Under the Beas Project, the construction of the Pandoh Dam was first proposed in the year 1957 by the Punjab Government but it was approved in the year 1963. The dam was completed in 1977 and its primary purpose is hydroelectric power generation. Managed by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), this dam diverts the water of Beas river through a 38 km long canals and tunnels to generate power at the Dehar Power House before being discharged into the Sutlej River. The powerhouse has an installed capacity of 990 MW.

The dam is set amidst the picturesque hills, dotted with dense woods and the place offers a wonderful opportunity to capture some breath-taking scenes. The place has also gained popularity .....

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Pilgrimage

#5 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 1 km from Mandi Bus Station, Bhimakali Temple is a Hindu temple located in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the banks of River Beas, it is one of the famous places of pilgrimage in Mandi.

Bhimkali Temple is an important religious site in Mandi. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhima Kali, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. It is believed that this is the sight where Lord Krishna fought with the demon Banasura. It is said that the head of the routed king Banasura was buried in the facade of the entry gate of the temple. The temple was built by the Yadava clan who ruled the land during that time.

The architecture of the Bhimakali temple is the main attraction of this religious site. It is a rich amalgamation of different religious sects mainly Hinduism and Buddhism in its building structure. The wooden carving of this marvelous structure depicts the story of goddess Bhima Kali. There is a huge museum inside the temple which exhibits the exclusive images of .....

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Adventure | Backwaters

#6 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 51 km from Mandi, 65 km from Kullu, and 103 km from Manali, Prashar Lake, or Parashar Lake is a beautiful lake situated near Bagi village in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most stunning lakes in Himachal and among the must include places in Mandi Tour Packages.

At an altitude of 2730 m, Prashar Lake is snuggled against the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. The oval-shaped lake has many tales associated with it. One legend says that after the battle of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas were returning with Lord Kamrunag. When they reached the mountains, Kamrunag loved the tranquility of the mountains and wanted to settle down there. So Bheem rammed his elbow on the ground and formed this crater, which later became the lake. Another story rooted in Himachali folklore claims that the lake was the site where Rishi Parashar have meditated.

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#7 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 91 km from Mandi, Shikari Devi Temple is a Hindu shrine located near Janjehli in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Himachal and among the must-visit places in Mandi for trekking enthusiasts.

Situated at an elevation of 3359 m, the Shikari Devi temple is located atop Sikhari Devi Peak, the highest peak of the Mandi district. It is believed that the temple has been existing since the time of Mahabharata. The temple is dedicated to Shikari Devi, the Goddess of hunters. In the archaic days, the hunters or shikaris of the region would worship the Goddess in the temple to seek blessings for a successful hunt. Hence, the temple got its name, Shikari Devi. Besides, the temple also has a great significance in the holy book Markandeya Purana as sage Markandeya is believed to have meditated in this beautiful temple.

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Nature

#8 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 37 km from Joginder Nagar, and 63 km from Mandi, Barot Valley is a beautiful river valley situated at Barot village in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most peaceful valleys in Himachal and among the top tourist places to visit in Mandi.

Situated at an altitude of 6,000 feet, Barot Valley was initially developed for a hydel project over the Uhl river that has now become a rising tourist spot for travelers who have a craving for mountains. The valley offers great opportunities to travelers who want to quench their thirst for adventure. Barot is also referred to as a resting point of Kullu - Joginder Nagar trekking route and a starting point of trails like Bara Bangal, Palampur, and Bir-Billing. These all treks pass through dense forests of tall Deodar and Chile trees and were once the busiest shepherd routes of local people around Kangra Valley.

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#9 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 12 km from Joginder Nagar, 66 km from Dharamshala, and 68 km from Mandi, Bir is a village located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is rightfully considered the heaven for Paragliding and among the must-visit places for adventure enthusiasts as part of Mandi Tour Packages.

Bir Billing is famous as the Paragliding capital of the world and attracts paraglider pilots from all over the world. The first Paragliding World Cup of India was hosted in Bir Billing in the year 2015. Since then, the village continues to host periodic international competitions and events. The paragliding launch site is in the meadow at Billing (14 km north of Bir), at an elevation of 2400 m, while the landing site and most tourist accommodations are in the village of Chowgan on the southern edge of Bir. The flying season is from September to October, with some flying also done in November.

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#10 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 1 km from Mandi Bus Station, Bhootnath Temple is an ancient temple located in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Situated in the heart of the town, it is one of the famous places of pilgrimage in Mandi.

Bhootnath Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was constructed in 1527 CE during the rule of Raja Ajber Sen, a ruler of Mandi. He dreamt of a cow whose udders were showering milk at a particular spot in the woods. The next day, he went to the site and discovered a Shivalinga after hours of digging. A temple was built in honor of Lord Shiva and the Shivalinga was installed in the sanctum of the temple.

Bhootnath Temple is an enticing edifice built in the typical Shikara style of architecture. It is exquisitely carved in a serpentine manner and houses the idol of Nandi Bull in the courtyard. The other Hindu religious figurines like Lord Vishnu, Goddess Durga, Lord Hanuman, etc. can be seen inside.

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#11 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 7 km from Rohanda, and 46 km from Mandi, Kamru Nag Lake is a sacred lake located in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at the top of the mountain ridge of Kamru valley, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Himachal and among the best places to visit in Mandi.

Situated at an average height of 3,334 m, Kamrunag is known for the oval-shaped lake built by Bhima, the Pandava brother, in honor of the King of Yakshas who finds a mention in the Mahabharata. There is a temple dedicated to Dev Kamrunag, the rain god, near the lake. Due to its closeness to the Kamrunag Temple, the ancient lake has been named after it.

There is a tradition of offering gold, silver, and coins of other metals in the lake by devotees on the fulfillment of their wishes by Dev Kamrunag. Over a period of time, uncountable wealth has gathered inside the lake. Just like no one knows what lies inside the mysterious Vault B of Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Trivandrum, no one dares .....

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Heritage

#12 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 66 km from Joginder Nagar, and 81 km from Mandi, Kamlah Fort is a 17th-century fort located at Kamlah village in Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Kamlahgarh, it is one of the popular historical places to visit in Mandi.

Situated at an altitude of 4772 m on the Sikandar Dhar Ranges, the construction of Kamlahgarh was initiated by Raja Hari Sen of Mandi in 1625 and was completed by his son Raja Suraj Sen. The fort remained invincible for long; but it fell into the hands of Bentura, the general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the year 1840. Later, the fort was refurbished by the kings of Mandi in 1846. The fort had the reputation of being the most secure repository of the reputed 360 forts of the Mandi state from the rule of Suraj Sen to that of Ishvari Sen (1788-1826).

The fort is said to be named after Baba Kamlaiyah, a local saint who arrived on the Dev Bhoomi of Himachal Pradesh from Jammu along with Baba Balaknath. He was overwhelmed with the sacredness of this .....

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#13 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 22 km from Barot, 20 km from Joginder Nagar, and 70 km from Mandi Bus Station, Dehnasar Lake is a high-altitude freshwater lake located in Himachal Pradesh. Situated in Barot valley, it is one of the sacred lakes in Himachal Pradesh and among the popular places of trekking as part of Mandi Tour Packages.

Lies at an altitude of 4,280 m (14,040 ft), Dehnasar Lake, or Dansar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas. The lake is situated on the foothills of Ghora Lotnu Peak and derives its water from melted snow. Surrounded by big rocks from all the sides, the lake has a circumference of about 800 m and lies frozen under a thick coat of snow during winters.

Like other lakes of Himalayas, it holds religious importance to people. According to the myth, goddess Parvati said to visit the lake to take a holy bath in the lake in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar, which generally falls in August or September. It is also believed that .....

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Hill Station

#14 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 348 Kms from New Delhi & 112 Kms from Chandigarh, Shimla is a mesmerizig hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Often called as the 'Queen of Hills', Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the popular Himachal Pradesh tourism destinations. Shimla is also one of the top tourist places in India and among the best hill stations near Delhi.

The beautiful Shimla derives its name from 'Goddess Shyamala', an incarnation of Goddess Kali. It was developed by the British and declaring Shimla as their summer capital. Covering the area of 18 sq km at a height of 7,238 ft. Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar and oak forests. It's well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions make it one of prime attractions of Himachal tour packages.

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Distance (From Mandi): 138 Kms
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Hill Station

#15 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 40 km from Kullu, 255 km from Shimla, 545 km from Delhi and 295 km from Chandigarh, Manali is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located at an altitude of 2050 m and is spread along the banks of the river Beas. Kullu Manali is one of the top hill stations in India and among the top tourist places to experince Himachal Pradesh tourism.

Naggar Castle, Hidimbi Devi Temple and Rohtang Pass are among the must include places in your Manali Tour Packages. Manali is renowned for its snow-covered mountains, scenic beauty, history and culture.Often referred to as the 'Valley of the Gods', Manali is one of the popular 2 day trip from Delhi. Manali .....

Distance (From Mandi): 107 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mandi - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station

#16 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 40 km from Manali, 500 km from Delhi, 215 km from Shimla and 258 km from Chandigarh, Kullu is the capital town of Kullu district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in Kullu Valley at an altitude of 1230 meters. Kullu Manali is one of the top summer resorts to visit as part of Himachal tour packages and among the wellknown honeymoon destination in India.

Kullu is a broad open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Larji. This valley is famous for its temples, beauty and its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards.

Kullu was earlier known as Kulant pith meaning 'the ending point of inhabitable world'. The beautiful valley is also mentioned in epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and Vishnu Purana. Chinese traveler Huien .....

Distance (From Mandi): 70 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mandi - Including Travel): Full Day
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#17 of 17 Places to Visit in Mandi

At a distance of 9 km from McLeod Ganj, 16 km from Kangra, 84 km from Pathankot, 115 km from Dalhousie, 194 km from Kullu, 234 km from Manali, 237 km from Shimla, and 486 km from Delhi, Dharamshala is a hill station in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. At an average altitude of 1,475 m above sea level, it is one of the best places to visit in Himachal state and among the most famous hill stations near Delhi.

Often called as the gateway to the Kangra valley, Dharamshala is the headquarters of Kangra district and among the popular places to visit in Himachal as part of honeymoon tour. The city was destroyed by a massive earthquake in the year 1905 and was reconstructed to become a health resort and a popular tourist destination. In the year 1960, Dharamshala became a temporary .....

Distance (From Mandi): 126 Kms
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