Mandi, often referred to as the Kashi of Himachal, is a quaint town home to as many as 81 temples. It therefore, has this strong spiritual vibe that engulfs you the moment you reach here. However, it’s not just pious temples here that catch your attention; the town is also dotted with shimmering lakes and breathtaking landscapes.
The tiny hill station is home to the sparkling Rewalsar Lake and the Mata Kua Rani Temple – the two most visited spots known to calm both the mind and the soul. Mandi is a place revered by people of Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist communities. The town curls around the holy Rewalsar Lake, where on the banks you will find the 12m high statue of Padmasambhava – the main attraction of the place. Legend goes that, Guru Padmasambhava’s (Guru Rinpoche) spirit resides in this lake even today in the form of a tiny reed flowing in the river; the reason why the lake is sacred to all the Tibetans.
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Among the most famous temples here are the Bhootnath Temple, Shikari Devi Temple and a Gurudwara which is dedicated to the tenth Guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh. The gorgeous landscapes of Mandi make for some fun adventure activities such as trekking, night safaris, mountaineering, and skiing. Wildlife enthusiasts can head to Shikari Devi Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to many species of animals including leopard, goral, monal, black bear, barking deer, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and the Himalayan palm civet.
Another attraction in Mandi is its beautiful Prashar lake; and the beat way to get her is by trekking. You’ll have to walk through the forests and pass through the small villages to get here, but it’ll all be worth it because it offers a 180-degree view of the Dhauladhar range that encircles the lake. Another place for a great trek is Janjhehli, located at an elevation of 3300 meters above sea level.
The nearest airport from here is the Bhuntar Airport (Kullu) about 60km away from the hill station. Major cities like Delhi, Shimla, Dharamshala, Pathankot and Chandigarh are well connected to Kullu by air.