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Mixed day tour of Mandi

April 26, 2013

 

Where to travel

This short mixed tour of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh features both religious and secular attractions. Within easy walking distance, the architecture changes from the Indian to the European, showing a stark contrast in philosophies representing different periods of the history. The color scheme of the attractions changes from grey to pure white to bright warm hues. Rich carvings in different materials not only narrate many mythological stories but also showcase unique craftsmanship. 

Who will enjoy this short adventure trip idea? 

  • Art and architecture lovers
  • Travelers looking for cultural adventures
  • Staunch believers

What to see  

Bhima Kali Temple 

Bhima Kali Temple, located on the end of Bhuili Bridge over the Beas River, sits on the slope that was once occupied by the Jogin Shrine. The sanctum surrounded by richly carved wooden enclosure features silver idol of Bhima Kali.  The temple has enough parking slots and lots of maintained open spaces for unwinding. The temple affords views of Mandi and Bhuili towns and the verdure Beas. 

 

Bhima Kali Temple, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

Victoria Bridge 

The Victoria Suspension Bridge (Victoria Jubilee Bridge), an example of the European architecture, was built to commemorate the Proclamation Darbar held at Delhi in 1877. Captain Hoskyns, R.E. built the airy and light iron bridge spanning the Beas River. Currently only light vehicles can use the bridge that falls on national highway (NH) 20.

 

Victoria Suspension Bridge, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

Ekadash Rudra Temple 

Ekadash Rudra Temple, painted in bright colors such as blue, pink, yellow, white and vermillion, is a landmark located near the Victoria Bridge. The temple features ekasdash (eleven) rudras (gods) encircling shivling (Shiva’s phallus in yoni) in sanctum and ten incarnations of Vishnu in the niches. The main temple is surrounded by four small temples dedicated to four gods and goddesses: Durga, Ganesh, Surya and Vishnu. The temple is therefore called Panchdeva Complex.

 

Ekadash Rudra Temple, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

Bhootnath Temple 

Bhootnath Temple, the sixteenth century stone temple near DC Office, is also dedicated to Shiva. The shikhar style temple consists of sanctum and a rectangular hall. The sanctum houses shivling and mahayoni. The sanctum entrance is decorated with elephants, vidyadharas (deities), and gandharvas and kinnaras (musicians). The decorations also include other animals, celestial nymphs and geometrical motifs. Originally the main door was of silver but today a steel door guards the god.

 

Bhootnath Temple, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

Clock Tower 

At the end of your tour, relax in Clock Tower complex, a popular hangout of Mandealis. The tower amid a well-maintained public park is hemmed with Indira Market.

 

Clock Tower, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

When to go

Any time

But July-September is a rainy season.

How to reach

Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate – Mandi: 475 kilometers

Chandigarh – Mandi: approximately 250 kilometers

Shimla – Mandi: about 180 kilometers

Bus 

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (H.R.T.C.) runs regular buses from Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla to Mandi.

Delhi – Mandi: The bus fare starts from INR 835 per passenger (Volvo bus), INR 622 per passenger (deluxe bus), INR 430 per passenger (semi deluxe), INR 430 per passenger (ordinary bus).

Chandigarh-Mandi: A bus ticket for this 4-6 hours journey (depending on driver’s intention and speed) costs INR 365 (AC bus) and INR 220 (ordinary bus). 

Shimala – Mandi: The price of a bus ticket amounts to INR 250 (deluxe), INR 185 (semi deluxe) and INR 165 (ordinary). Book the bus ticket.

 

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Air 

Kullu Manali (Bhuntar) Airport is about 60 kilometers from Mandi Town. However, currently there are no flights.

Rail

Nearest railway station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station (JDNX)

JDNX-Mandi:  approximately 50 kilometers

The narrow gauge rail track runs between Pathankot (PTK) – Joginder Nagar (JDNX). Get more information about the Kangra Toy Train that runs on this route.

Accommodation 

Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department (H.P.P.W.D.) rest house 

The department offers basic accommodation for INR 200 per night. Contact the department for room booking.

Himachal Pradesh Forest Department rest house 

The forest rest houses provide budget rooms. Book the accommodation. 

Hotels 

Hotel Azad

Hotel Manjul

Hotel Raj Mahal

Hotel River bank

Hotel Valley View

Munish Resort

The Regents Palm

Visco Resort

 

 

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2 Comments for this entry

  • admin says:

    Hi Badyari,

    Best of luck for your travels in the Himalayas!

  • badyari says:

    I liked this wonderful post with beautiful pictures. This year i am planning my kashmir and ladakh travel via manali and sarchu. I hope i will get a chance to visit the places mentioned in this post.

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