after the sage of yore and built in a patch of woodland, Hotel Mandav is
located off the national highway, with proximity to the town's centre
and near to the bus station. This overlooks the quite waters of Beas
river and the rooms overlooks the Mandi town, its old temples and the
wide concourse. Tarna Hill which rises above the town, faces the hotel.
rooms are airy, specious, well furnished and have attached baths
with running hot & cold water.
service, Laundry and Dry Cleaning.
Parking within premises, Doctor on Call.
- Bar &
Restaurant serving India, Chinese, Continental and Himachali Cuisine
including special Mandi dishes
BHOOTNATH TEMPLE:- Practically
synonymous with Mandi and located in its very heart, this is as old as
the town itself and dates back to the 1520s. In March, the festival of
Shivratri is a major event and the Bhootnath temple is its focus. For an
entire week the town celebrates the arrival of hundreds of local deities
on elaborately decorated palanquins.
SYAMAKALI TEMPLE:- Also called the
temple of Tarna Devi, this is high on Tarna Hill which rises above the
town. Built In the 17th century by Raja Syama Sen after
particularly trying times when the goddess gave him success.
OTHER TEMPLES IN MANDI TOWN:-
Within the town is a variable roll call of shrines. Apart from the
emotions they evoke, they are also a wealth of classical architecture
and ornate sculpture. Many of these are devoted to Lord Shiva, at the
Triloknath Temple He is depicted as the lord of the three worlds, at the
Panchvaktra He has five faces, expressing His five aspects. At the
Ardhanarisvara Temple, Lord Shiva appears in a composite form with right
half as a male and the left half as a female symbolizing the male and
female principles of cosmic evolution. There are several exquisite
temples along the College road, and the bank of the Beas is lined with
many more. At the Gyarah Rudra Temple, the day the famous Amarnath
darshan takes place, the temple is decorated to resemble as Amarnath
Cave. The other places of interest within Mandi are the Rani Amrit Kaur
Park, the District Library Building and Vijay Kesari Bridge.
PANDOH: 16 km from Mandi, an earth
and rock fill dam is located here.
SUNDERNAGAR (1175m): 24 km from
Mandi is this attractive town where the balancing reservoir of the Beas
- Sutlej link canal is located. The road has the canal on one side and
lush green field on the other which makes driving along it a real
pleasure. The Mahamaya Temple is on top of the hill.
PRASHAR LAKE (92730m): 40 km north
of Mandi is this beautiful lake, with a three storied pagoda style
Temple dedicated to the sage Prashar.
JANJHELI (2200m): 67 km from Mandi
this is a scenic place with thick forests and springs. It is also the
base of some excellent treks.
SHIKARI DEVI (2850m): 15 Km from
Janjheli there is an ancient temple here and some marvelous landscapes.
SHOPPING: A variety of
traditional handcrafts including silver jewelry and stone carvings can
be purchased at Mandi.