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Mandi
(Himachal Pradesh, India)

 

DISTANCES / LOCATION

  • Delhi to Mandi : 460 kms
  • Shimla to Mandi : 150 kms
  • Manali to Mandi : 110 kms
  • Dharamshala to Mandi : 125 kms
  • Dalhousie to Mandi : 360 kms
  • Chandigarh to Mandi : 210 kms

GENERAL INFORMATION

The historic town of Mandi (800 m.) is built along the banks of the river Beas. It has long been an important commercial centre, and the sage Mandvya is said to have meditated here. This one time capital of the princely state of Mandi is a fast developing town that still retains much of its original charm and character. Today, it is a district head quarter.

Mandi is renowned for its 81 old stone temples and their enormous range of fine carving. The town also has the remains of old palaces and notable examples of `colonial' architecture. Mandi is the gateway to the Kullu valley and acts as the base for several exciting excursions.

PLACES TO VISIT

Tarna Hill : For a cool respite from the town, take an auto-rickshaw up the very steep four or five km to Tarana Hill. At the top of the hill, the Rani Amrit Kaur Park (opened by the Dalai Lama in 1957) has superb views of the area, and there's a nice cafe for lunch or a snack. In the park, the 17th century Hindu Syamakali Temple, also called the Tarana Devi Temple, is worth a look.

Triloknath Shiva Temple : It is built in the Nagari style with a tiled roof. The temple at the centre of a group of sculpted stones shrines, overlooks the river and offers good views. Inside the temple, Lord Shiva has been depicted as the lord of the three worlds, at the Panchvakhra he has five faces, expressing his five aspects.

Bhutnath Temple : Practically synonymous with Mandi and located in its very heart, this temple is as old as the town itself, dating back to the 1520's. It has a Nandi or god Shiva's bull facing the ornamental double arch to the sanctuary. The modern shrines nearby are brightly painted. In the month of March, the festival of Shivratri is a major event and Bhootnath Temple is its focus.

Syamakali Temple : Also known as the Tarna Devi Temple, this temple is situated on the Tarna Hill, which rises above the town. Raja Syama Sen built the temple in the 17th century after a particularly trying time when the goddess gave him success.

Ardhanarishvara Temple : This 7th century specimen of temple architecture, enclosed structure of Lord Shiva in a composite form with the right half as male and the left half as female- symbolising the male and female principles of cosmic evolution

Other Places are : Rewalsar, Prashar, Sunder Nagar and Janjheli

HOW TO REACH MANDI ?

|| BY ROAD ||

Mandi is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot and Delhi. There are regular bus services linking it to the other towns like Manali, Palampur and Dharamshala.

|| BY RAIL ||

The nearest railway stations are Joginder Nagar and Shimla by narrow gauge train, Chandigarh and Kalka by broad gauge train which are connected by regular bus services.

CLIMATE CONDITIONS

In winter, temperatures can hover around freezing point when heavy wollens are required. During summer, the climate is hot and cottons are recommended.

 

 
 
 

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