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Tourism in Mandi

The people of Mandi proudly boast that while Kashi (Benaras) has only 80 temples, Mandi has 81! And it is no idle boast. J.C. French supported their assertion when he described the town as a miniature Benaras with innumerable temples, old houses, long flights of steps, the streets steep and winding and the market place with an aura of medieval picturesque ness. In 1919 one tourist actually counted 49 places of worship in Mandi. Built of rough stone in a shikara (houseboat) style they could be seen all over the town on the right and left of the river Beas.

The town's antiquity is established by the Triloknath temple which was built around 1520 A.D. Mandi seems to have derived its name from the Sanskrit word 'Mandoika' meaning an open hall or shed. It was also well known to the Tibetans who called it Zahor.

How To Reach

By Air - Bhuntar Airport of Himachal Pradesh is the nearest, 63 km (flight from Delhi via Chandigarh).

By Rail - Nearest station is Kiratpur 125 km away.

By Road - Approachable by road via Chandigarh (200 km), Pathankot (205 km), Shimla (165 km), Kullu (71 km), Delhi (465 km) and Manali (107 km). Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation runs deluxe buses form Mandi to Manali, Kullu, Chandigarh, Shimla and Delhi.