Mandi, formerly known as Mandav Nagar, or Sahor is a major town in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at a distance of 415 km from Delhi and it takes around 7-8 hours to reach the town by road. There are no trains connecting the town to Delhi and thus one has to rely either on public transport or can get bikes on rent in Delhi from the growing Delhi bike rentals. Hiring bikes from Delhi and driving up to Mandi is becoming more common as two-wheelers are easily navigable on the hilly terrain and narrow paths.
Mandi, located on the banks of river Beas, is a tourist place and is often referred to as the ‘Varanasi of hills’, ‘Choti Kashi’ or ‘Kashi of Himachal’. Mandi is the starting point for the famous trek of the region Prashar lake trek. Trekkers go to Bagi village from Mandi, set up base there and then trek to lake Prashar. Some of the most prominent hills of Mandi are Sikandar Dhar, Ghugar Dhar and Dhar Kot. Mandi is bowl shaped and is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges namely Gandharv Hills, Motipur Dhar, Rehra Dhar and Tarna Hill. Mandi also witnesses the confluence of two small streams Suketi Khad and Skodhi Khad that join the River Beas. Mandi experiences a subtropical highland climate.
Mandi has more than 300 religious places, hence the name “Varanasi of Himachal” and people of all faiths come here to offer their prayers in the temples and gurudwaras. Most of the temples here are dedicated to Lord Shiva or Goddess Kali. The Panchvaktra Temple, situated at the sangam of River Bea and Suketi Khad and Ardhnareshwar Temple are two of themost prominent temples of the town. Triloknath Temple, located on the banks of Beas and the slate roofed Mata Kuan Rani Temple are two other major temples here. Mandi is also famous for the International Mandi Shivaratri Fair, a seven day-fair in the month of March every year.
There is a much revered Gurudwara here built in honour of Guru Gobind Singh is also visited by tourists. Guru Gobind Singh’s bed is still preserved in the temple and hence the Gurudwars is also known as Gurudwara Palang Saheb.
Mandi is a holy town is more often than not frequented by pilgrims than tourists. But those of you who wish to pay the town a visit can hire bikes in Delhi can take NH 44 to ride to Mandi with friends. Bike rentals in Delhi have made these otherwise difficult to reach places more accessible and have helped in the growth of tourism. Tourists can get two-wheelers on rent in Delhi and can choose to hire scooters in Delhi to suit their budget and need. Royal Enfield on rent is also available for those who want to ride in a stylish manner.