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About Mandi

The princely state of Mandi is located within the Union of India. With Bilaspur as its capital, the state is as expansive as approximately 232,598 kilometers which reduced to approximately 1,139 square kilometres after the division was made. The state of Mandi is home to two large towns and approximately 3,625 villages. Filled with beautiful hills and simplistic atmosphere, it is a perfect weekend getaway for all those looking to get away from their bustling city life for a while.

There is much historic importance that this place signifies. Stories suggest that during the period of 1290 when the Rana of Banglaor succeeded the Siokot state, he was the first that can be credited for naming Mandi as the new capital of the Northern region. It was only later in the year 1954 that Mandi was incorporated into the state of Himachal Pradesh as the Mandi district.

Tourism industry is thriving in this city, as well. While the location is expansive by nature, there are numerous hotels, restaurants and resorts that embark upon this beautiful holiday destination for tourists and visitors to have a comfortable time in.


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Mandi FAQ's

Travel advice:

  • Choose your stay well: There are numerous home-stays that you can choose from. They are sprawled along the location of Mandi. The rooms of these places are as good as regular homes with the services being quite basic by nature. For a more luxurious experience, you can opt for these high-end resorts and hotels that face the sea. Most of these places are quite affordable and you won’t find difficulty in traveling around either as the place is quite small and limited.

  • Transportation: The place is quite connected. One can easily find local transport to roam about in the holiday destination. However, it is more convenient if you have a car of your own for private transportation. Enjoy the city of Mandi at your own convenience.

  • Eatables and water: Mandi is quite cool. But summers can get slightly hot. Therefore, if you are visitng Mandi during summers then it is essential for the well-being of your body that you consume enough water to stay hydrated. Moreover, your body may or may not accept that local food at Mandi. Make sure you are sure about a food item before you consume it. Carry bottled water around.

  • Drinking laws: Mandi is filled with restaurants and bars that offer both soft drinks as well as liquor. Booze is available quite freely. However, take special attention into the duplicate liquor that people sell. It is better to purchase alcohol from around the area. Apart from that, frequent drinkers most probably visit Mandi – there is no problem.

  • Shopping experience: Indulge in the vibrant shopping experience that Mandi’s local market offers. However, ensure that you don’t get looted. Be sure of using your bargaining skills at Mandi. You don’t certainly want to be fooled by the locals.

  • Don’t blindly follow the locals: Mandi is a small location. Majority of the people over here are quite helpful too. But like any other vacation spot, it is important that the locals are not followed blindly. If you need directions around the place, get that sorted at the hotel desk itself.

Things to do in Mandi:

  • Visit the Pandoh Dam: Pandoh Dam is located on the Beas River of the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. This structure was established back in 1977 and the main purpose for the Pandoh Damn was to generate hydro-electric power. This Dam is part of a power scheme that essentially diverts the water of the Beas to tunnels and channels thereby, reaching the rural, less developed regions around Mandi. The project was successful back in 1977.

  • Stroll by the Rewalsar Lake: Rewalsar Lake which is situated approximately 12km away from the heart of the city is among the primary attractions around Mandi. This location holds immense religious importance and especially known for being the home for the seven floating islands that are believed to be an act of penance that were held by Lomas Rishi during the reign of Lord Shiva.

  • Adventure activities around Parashar Lake: Parashar Lake is another primary attraction around Mandi that is located approximately 17kms away from the heart of the city. This location is perfect for experiencing nature in its true essence. The place is bordered with lush green land, ever-expansive hills and clear blue water and one can witness a temple from the lake as well. You can even indulge in adventure activities such as camping, trekking, climbing and even boating around this region.

  • Janjehli for adventure buffs: Janjehli is situated approximately 44kms away from the heart of the city and is the perfect treat for adventure buffs. Visitors can take part is activities such as trekking, mountain-climbing, camping among other things at Janjehli. The place is surrounded with lush-green trees and clear skies and makes for a perfect location for photographers as well.

  • Visit Sunder Nagar: Sunder Nagar, the princely state which was first known as Suket is situated approximately 24kms away from Mandi and is quite close Shimla as well. Hop, skip and jump and you’re in the most beautiful destination of Himachal Pradesh. This location is well established for its wonderful background filled with towering trees and hills.

What will you like in Mandi:

  • Visit the Kamlah fort: Kamlah fort situated in the city of Mandi stands proudly on Sikandar Dhar ranges. This structure was built back in 1625 and still stands strong. It is as high as 4772 meters and speaks great wonders of the place.

  • Spiritual oneness at Shikhari Devi temple: Shikhari Devi Temple not only speaks a thousand words about spirituality but also about nature’s serenity. A temple which is at a height of 3332m, the experience is quite enthralling to say the least.

Mandi Reviews

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Yash Kedia
Reviewed: 19 Feb 2024
5.0/5
I had an incredible trek recently! The stay was fantastic, complete with a delightful bonfire throughout. The food served was delicious, and we enjoyed a breathtaking view from our accommodation. Our guide was exceptionally helpful throughout the journey.
Yash Kedia
Yash Kedia
Yash Kedia
Yash Kedia
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Sakshi Srivastava
Reviewed: 28 Jun 2022
5.0/5
It was a great trek experience 
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Sakshi Srivastava
Sakshi Srivastava
Sakshi Srivastava
Sakshi Srivastava
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Sathwik Reddy
Reviewed: 11 Nov 2022
5.0/5
Awesome location . Guide was very supportive and the entire team managed it very well. The experience was very much beyond what i expected! Thanks to thrillophilia!!
Sathwik Reddy
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Tarun Garg
Reviewed: 26 Nov 2020
5.0/5
Journey started on 21 nov ...from start to end i have only memories best memories each and everything food trek stay at camp Mr Raj helped me alot. After long quarantine and hectic jon schedule this is place for beginners to start your journey I believe and for my experience met many amazing souls m... Read More
Tarun Garg
Tarun Garg
Tarun Garg
Tarun Garg
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SHUBRANSHU VERMA
Reviewed: 27 Jan 2021
5.0/5
"This was my first Solo trek and that was really amazing. Everything were so organized like food, tents and the whole Camp Side Area.\n"
SHUBRANSHU VERMA
SHUBRANSHU VERMA
SHUBRANSHU VERMA
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Yashowardhan Chaturvedi
Reviewed: 24 Nov 2020
5.0/5
Prashar lake trek is a pretty jungle trail. It's perfect for the first timers as well as for pro's. I went in Nov, the sun was out and the views were fantastic. The view of Prashar lake is also serene. Do climb up the mound for the iconic view. The services at the camp site are also wonderful: ... Read More

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