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.
Sage Prashar is the reason Prashar Lake got its name ages ago. One visits this quintessential lake will be unknowingly directed to oblivion and for sure the serenity will let every visitor linger for more. Located in Mandi village, Himachal Pradesh, the iconic attraction apart from the lake is the three stories pagoda like temple structure near the lake. 2730 meters above the lake seats amidst the rejuvenating sets of nature’s miracles including the snow-clad peaks in the backdrop and River Beas flowing so fast through the valley down. One can get access to the lake through Drang. The age of temple lengthens back to 13th century and the lake has one more surprise within it that is a floating island. Though visitors are seen in plenty over here, no one could accurately fathom the depth the lake goes into, till date.
Why to visit in winters – The Lake has a unique sight during
winters and this is the only reason you have to make a visit to Parashar Lake
this winter, this hidden gem of Himachal is great to be explored during winter
What to do – Visit the Devnal temple, Prashar Lake, Trokada
mata Mandir, Trilonkanth temple
What to see – Temple hopping (lots of temples to hop), Panchvaktra
temple and Arya samaj Mandir are worth seeing
Dhauladhar Range or the White Range is located on the southern region of outer Himalayan Peaks, rising to the north of Kangra and Mandi. Hanuman ji Ka Tibba is the highest mountain located in this peak at an altitude of 5639 meters. But this range is popular because of its differing topography. Though the major portions are composed of granite, the range presents the multiple formations of slate, limestone and sandstone often. Those who would like to do trekking at this range are supposed to have the perfect skills in trekking and mountaineering as the ranges extend the vertical incline until the top. It still remains tough to inhabit humans in large numbers but the surrounding meadows and forest range have plenty of admirers from all over the world.
Though Himachal Pradesh amuses the visitors with its abundant natural sights, Rewalsar Lake or Tso Pema Lotus Lake will be the biggest surprise to see because of its unusual shape itself. This square shaped lake mid-altitude lake is located in Mandi district, at a height of about 1360 meters above sea level. The sacred water in it, the woodlands and mountain peaks around have attributed more beauty to the spot and it has been an important destination for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. The lake shares space with three Buddhist monasteries and three Hindu temples and another holy lake Kunt Bhyog lies above Rewalsar. Here, different types of festivities happen yearly; the Sisu Fair in February or March and Baisakhi festival are the important ones.
Rang Mahal, built by Raja Umed
Singh in the 18th century, is one of the largest monuments located
in Chamba region. The palace highlights the perfect blend of Mughal and British
architecture and has strikingly designed high fort-like walls. When the
monument was handed over to State Handicrafts Department, many changes were
carried out in the architecture of building and the historical artifacts of the
same are placed in Bhuri Singh Museum. Rang Mahal was not only built with the
aim to provide king's abode but also to serve as the warehouse for treasure and
In the present times, Rang Mahal
has been completely taken over by the Himachal Government and serves as
Himachal Emporium, a popular shopping destination for beautiful local handmade
goods. You can also find embroidery in the emporium, made by local women on the
You can visit Rang Mahal from
Monday to Saturday and the timings include morning 10 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 5
We were a group of 50 students who went on a trip booked through thrillophilia. We had two stops in our journey, Kullu, and Prashar Lake.
We reached Kullu after an overnight bus journey. There were 10 tents, each with clean attached bathrooms. The tents were in a secluded area by the riverside. The location was beautiful and private. We did river rafting (around 4 kms) and rope activities by the day time. Around the evening, we all enjoyed by the bonfire. You can also walk around the streets during the day, and get a feel of the place. All in all, it was a very memorable experience. Next morning, we left for Mandi in a bus, and then left for trekking to Prashar Lake. It was a picturesque 7 km trek, doable for beginners. The view was extremely scenic especially at the top. There were 14 tents for all us, and a sleeping bag for each (The temperature had really fallen due to a hailstorm). Tasty food was served by the lake . There was a great view of snow-clad mountains from the location. All in all, the place was very serene and beautiful. One drawback was, that there were just three dirty bathrooms for 50 people. This trip is very suitable for adventurous people wanting a break from the city life in a destination which is not overcrowded.
Prashar lake is one of the most beautiful and scenic places. We had visited the place between April and July and again in September and November and the later one is the best time i would suggest for anyone to visit such a peaceful and serene beauty!
Excellent destination with awesome views. It is lies 49KM north of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and located at height of 2730m above the sea level. With deep blue water the lake looks mind blowing.
The place is lovely, amazing and visiting this place is like a dream come true. We enjoyed the beautiful sights on the way and around the lake. It was one of the best tours i have been on.
Amazing experience. Went on a snow trek. It was handled amazingly well. Thanks to Thrillophilia for such a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend.
We were three people in this tour. The group had about 16 people in all. We took an overnight bus from Delhi to reach Panasra by morning, there we were given nice hotel rooms to freshen up and have a morning breakfast. After breakfast we went for Prashar Lake trek which was amazing as the sun was shining both times as we went up and down the trek. The guide Raj was great. We reached the lake by afternoon and were given packed lunch. After spending evening at the lake we went to the tents and had bonfire and tasty dinner. In the morning we climbed down and as also had a trip to the nearby village which also had most beautiful mountains I had ever seen. The trek is easy to moderate level and can be easily accomplished by beginners. All in all it was a great experience.
Everything was perfect on this trek. Me and my friend book this trek after going through different websites and reviews and finally booked through Thrillophilia as one our friend recommended us who already went on this trek with Thrillophilia. Quality of service was very good from team and the guide was very helpful. Parashar is one of the most beautiful lake in Himachal and it’s a must visit.
Apart from the scenic views there were various activities organised by Thrillophlilia, Also i would like to mention about the comfortable camps and delicious food provided to us. Along with an adventurous experience i'm taking with me a lot of memories. Thank you Thrillophilia and team for this amazing 2 day tour.
What an adventurous trek it was with eye catching views, it was a 2 day trek, 1st day was easy but on the second day because of the height it was getting somemore difficult though it was fun. Also we had experienced sunrise at Parashar Lake and 360° panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas. It is a must try trek for beginners.
One of the best trekking experience, We trekked to Parashar lake and it was so beautiful there, we clicked pictures there and the view of sunset was so captivating from the lakeside, the camping at the lakeside at night was mesmerizing. The view of himlayas in morning was really good, it was a fantastic experience overall.
People Also Ask About Mandi
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.
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.
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