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TOURIST PLACES IN MANDI DISTRICT

 

Mandi: Mandi is also known as “Chotti Kashi” due to its similarity with Varanasi in respect of Ghats on the bank of Beas River and temples of Lord Shiva near the Ghats. The place is often described as cultural capital of Himachal Pradesh due to its rich culture, traditions and temple architectural heritage. In ancient times Mandi was not only a business centre on the old silk route to Tibet but also a centre for cultural exchange. Mandi, the abode of Baba Bhoot Nath, was known as Mandavya Nagari as Mandav Rishi mediated on a rock, known as Kolsara, in  the Beas river. The famous International Shivratri Fair is celebrated every year during months of February/March. Dieties from different corners of the District throng this town during the fair. People of Mandi are known for their liveliness and distinct life style embedded  in faith and traditions. There are many temples  in Mandi Town like Triloki Nath Temple at Purani Mandi, Raja Madhav Temple in DC Office Complex, Bhoot Nath Temple at famous Chouhata Bazar, Tarna Shayamkali Temple on Tarna Hills overlooking Mandi Town, Panchvaktra Mahadev Temple on the confluence of Suketi and Beas River, Ardhanareshwar Temple at Samkhetar Street, Bhimakali Temple at Bheuli. In addition many other temples  of archaeological and religious importance can be visited. Historical Ghantaghar, Indira Market, Victoria Bridge and Gurudwara are other famous places of interest in the Town. It is a base camp to visit tourist places such as Prashar, Barot, Joginder Nagar, Kamlah Fort, Shikari Devi, Kamrunag, etc.

 

How to Reach

200 Km from Chandigarh     NH-21

208 Km from Pathankot        NH-154 (old NH-20)

 

Trek Routes:

Mandi-Motipur-Kangni 1.5 Kms

Mandi-Dhangsidhar 2 Kms

 

Other Places of Interest in Mandi Town :

 Ghanta Ghar : Historical Ghanta Ghar in the middle of the town was constructed in the year 1939. The three storied pagora style architechral heritage is located in the centre of a commercial complex known as Indira market. The ring bell of considerable weight is installed in the first floor. A small park known as Subhash Udyan has been developed for relaxing around Ghanta Ghar and famous temple of Goddess Sidh Kali also exist here.

 

Victoria Bridge : Victoria Birdge is the first bridge of the town which connects Purani Mandi and Mandi town. It was built by the King of Mandi, Raja Vijayi Singh Sen with help of Britishers in the year of 1877. This bridge had been constructed like the Hanging Victoria Bridge on Tames River in England. This is constructed on the style of Jhulla bridge and still operational for small vehicles.

 

Gurudwara : Gurudwara near Paddal Ground Mandi alongside NH-21 is an important religious place in Mandi town. Sikh Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited Mandi and Guru Gobing Singh Ji stayed at Bhuili for more than six months. The construction of Gurudwara of Mandi was started by Raja Ajbar Sen in 1527 AD and was later on reconstructed by Raja Joginder Sen, Rani Amrit Kaur and Dina Nath the Chief Secretary of Mandi State. Guru Gobind Singh Ji was gifted many things by the Raja of Mandi which he donated these to Gurudwara. Guru Gobind Singh Sahib’s belongings i.e. Holy Bed, Holy Rawab, Holy Gun, Holy Gun Kuppy and Holy Talai (Matterss) are still preserved in the Gurudwara. There is also an rock known as Kolsara in River Beas on which Guru Gobind Singh Sahib used to meditate daily during his stay in Mandi.

 

Photo Art Gallery : About 5 Km from Mandi town on NH-21 towards Kullu a photo art gallery exists and tourist visiting the area can drop in for some time to have a glimpse of history and important places of Himachal from the photographs and artefacts displayed in the art gallery.

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

Hotels/Guest Houses in Mandi

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Adarsh Hotel, Mandi

01905-222293

2

Anand Hotel, Mandi

01905-222515

3

Aryan Bungalow Hotel & Restaurant, Mandi

01905-225261

4

Amar Paying Guest House, Sauli Khad

01905-235193

5

Azad Hotel, Mandi

01905-222699

6

Anmol Hotel Restaurant, Quari (Mandi)

94593-24365

7

Bridge View Guest House, Thanera Mohalla Mandi

94180-17722, 93188-68553

8

Bliss Hotel, Sauli Khad

01905-237777

9

Beas View Guest House, Sauli Khad

94180-35190

10

Beas Tarang Guest House, Sauli Khad

98176-76699

11

Bhawani Guest House, Ram Nagar

98162-03372

12

Comfort Hotel, Jail Road Mandi

01905-224446

13

Durga Guest House, Sauli Khad

94185-83715

14

Evening Plaza Hotel, Near Indra Market Mandi

01905-223318

15

Hotel Ekant Palace, Nela (Mandi)

94180-35255

16

Four Season Hotel, School Bazar Mandi

01905-223092

17

Grand Hotel, College Road Mandi

01905-224219

18

Holiday Home Hotel, Samkhetar (Mandi)

01905-222664

19

Highway Shikara Guest House, Sauli Khad

98160-35155, 88945-79555

20

Krishana Hotel, Opposite Sunken Garden Mandi

01905-223088

21

King City Hotel, Ram Nagar

01905-223494, 98160-23494

22

Koyal Hotel, Ram Nagar

01905-225842

23

Monal Hotel, Ram Nagar

01905-224902

24

Munish Resorts, Bhiuli

01905-235035, 94180-35036

25

Manjul Hotel, Sauli Khad

01905-235639, 94180-21361

26

Naveen Hotel, Thanera Mohalla Mandi

01905-223491

27

Naina Guest House, College Road Mandi

94181-14013

28

New Paras Hotel, Sauli Khad

01905-235115, 94180-35115

29

Prakul Hotel, Vindravani (Mandi)

01905-200244, 94182-22730

30

Partap Palace Hotel, Ram Nagar

01905-222248

31

Park View Hotel, Bijni

01905-237536

32

Palace Hotel, Thanera Mohalla Mandi

 

33

Regent Palms Hotel Pvt. Ltd., Seri Bazar Mandi

01905-222777

34

River Bank Hotel, Sauli Khad

01905-235255, 94180-37166

35

Raj Mahal Hotel, Near DC Office Mandi

01905-222401

36

Roti Hotel, Vindravani (Mandi)

01905-237221

37

Rising Bhaskar Hotel & Restaurant, Vindravani (Mandi)

98170-64312

38

Sangam Hotel, Thanera Mohalla Mandi

01905-222009

39

Shiva Hotel, Opposite Sunken Garden Mandi

01905-224211

40

Shingar Hotel & Restaurant, Sauli Khad

01905-235653, 94184-08100

41

Shree Hari Guest House, Sauli Khad

01905-235222, 94185-81800

42

Standard Hotel, Thanera Mohalla Mandi

01905-222948, 98820-26027

43

Swastika Guest House Inn, Bijni

94180-25172, 94180-35600

44

Hotel Shubham, Nela (Mandi)

94180-37885

45

Hotel Surya, Quari (Mandi)

94185-00079

46

Taal Guest House, College Road Mandi

01905-225325, 94180-35202

47

Visco Resorts, Chadyara (Mandi)

01905-225057, 94182-00808

48

Vinay Guest House, Thanera Mohalla Mandi

01905-223283

 

Prashar: Located at an altitude of 2730 mtr. Prashar  is known for Prashar lake, sloppy meadows, dense forest and the panoramic view of snow clad ranges of Dhauladhar. The “Prashar Lake” which has perimeter of about 300 mtr. is decorated by a floating island in it. Its crystal clear water adds to the charm of this scenic spot. Traditionally, it is believed that the lake was formed as  result of striking of rod (Gurj) by Rishi Prashar and water came out and took shape of the lake. An ancient Pagoda style temple dedicated to the Rishi Prashar, the patron God of Mandi region, stands besides the lake. The temple has been constructed by the King Ban Sen in 13-14th century with the Rishi being present in the form of a Pindi (stone). It is also said that the whole temple was built by using single deodar tree and it took 12 years to complete the temple construction. A walk around the lake gives a mystical experience of calmness of the surroundings. A visit to Parashar is a perfect blend of spiritual journey and exploring into the serene and beautiful Himalayan mountains. Several camping sites are also located here and it is the base for numerous easy & hard treks.

 

People from Mandi and other adjoining Districts visit the place for worshiping Prashar Rishi and believe that their wishes shall be fulfilled by blessings of the Rishi. In the month of June “Saranauhali” fair takes place which is attended by large number of locals from Mandi and Kullu Districts. A forest Rest House, HPPWD Rest House and Sarain of temple committee are available for night stay.

How to Reach:

50 Kms from Mandi (Mandi-Kataula-Baggi 31 Kms of Metalled Road and 19 Kms Forest Road from Baggi to Prashar)

45 Kms from Bhuntar Airport (Bhuntar-Bajaura-Kandi-Baggi 26 Kms Metalled Road and 19 Kms Forest Road from Baggi to Prashar)

 

Trek Routes:

Baggi-Prashar 5 Kms

Jwalapur-Prashar 7  Kms

Shiva Badar (Near Pandoh)-Thatta-Prashar 7 Kms

Prashar-Tunga Mata   6 Kms

Hanogi-Bandhi-Prashar 15  Kms

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

Hotels/Guest House near Prashar

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Prashar Guest House, Kataula

98166-69256

 

 

Home Stay Units near Prashar

Sr. No.

Name of Home Stay

Telephone No.

1

Sri Prashar Home Stay, Nandli (Kataula)

98053-71061

2

Hill View Home Stay, Kataula

94180-44003, 98162-44003

 

Rewalsar:  Rewalsar is an important religious places for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists alike. The natural lake at Rewalsar is famous for its floating reed islands and fishes. Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh shrines exist along the periphery of Lake. Legend has it that the great teacher and scholar Padmasambhava used his enormous powers to take flight to Tibet from Rewalsar. It is believed that tiny islands of floating reed in Rewalser Lake have the spirit of Padamasabhava embodied in it. An imposing statue of Padamsambhava is also built in Rewalsar. At this place Sage Lomas is believed to have performed his penance to appease Lord Shiva. The Gurudwara Shri Rewalsar Sahib is associated with the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh who called upon Pahari Rajas to be united in his fight against Mughals. People of all religion come to Rewalsar for a Holi bath on Baisakhi. There are three Buddhist monasteries at Rewalsar. It has a Gurudwara that was built in 1930 by Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi. There are Hindu temples which are dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and sage Lomas alongside the lake. Naina Devi Ji Temple: Situated at a distance of 10 Km from Rewalsar a temple of Naina Mata exist on a hill top. It is believed that eye of Sati fell on the place and a temple of Naina Devi was built on this sacred place. Devotees from all corners of the State visit the temple throughout the year. The place is surrounded by pine trees and presents a panoramic view of Balh & Sarkaghat Valleys. People also love to trek to this place from Rewalsar. On way to Naina Devi temple we come across another lake known as Kunt Bhayo named after Kunti, the mother of Pandavas. It is said that Arjun created the lake to quench the thrist of his mother. There exist six other lakes of legend locally known as Sar in this area. Most of the water in these lakes is collected during the rainy season.

 

REWALSER MONESTRY: It is most sacred place for Buddhists in Himachal Pradesh. According to popular legend, the daughter of Raja Arashadhar of Mandi State was initiated to tantric discipline by Padmasambhava. This irked the courtiers of the king and their continuous instigation led the king to order the burning of the Padmasambhava alive on pyre. But the burning pyre turned into a water pool and Master survived by transforming himself into a lotus. It is believed that tiny islands of floating reed in Rewalser Lake have the spirit of Padamasabhava embodied in it.

 

How to Reach:

25 Km from Mandi Town

40 Km from Mandi via Ner Chowk

 

Trek Route:

Rewalsar-Naina Devi 5 Kms

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

Hotels/Guest Houses in Rewalsar

 

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Hotel The Tourist Inn, HPTDC Ltd., Rewalsar

01905-240252

2

Comfort Guest House, Rewalsar

01905-240270

3

Euro Palace Hotel & Restaurant, Rewalsar

01905-314347, 98176-79963

4

Lotus Lake Lake Hotel, Rewalsar

01905-240239

5

Lomush Hotel, Rewalsar

01905-240238, 98160-80218

6

Lake View Hotel, Rewalsar

98161-33736

7

Triveni Hotel & Restaurant, Rewalsar

94182-80010, 94182-02585

 

Home Stay Units near Rewalsar

Sr. No.

Name of Home Stay

Telephone No.

1

Naina Home Stay, Sarkidhar

01905-240676

2

Ritu Raj Home Stay, Sarkidhar

92188-87689

 

SUNDER NAGAR:-    

Sunder Nagar is situated at a distance of 175 km from Chandigarh on Chandigarh Mandi National Highway-21. Capital of old Suket state is a sacred place where Shuk Dev Muni meditated in a cave. It has an average elevation of 861 meters          (2824 feet).

TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS:- As the name suggests Sundernagar is a beautiful town surrounded by green hills and is the Gateway of Balh Valley. The charm of the place has been added by an artificial lake created by Beas Satluj Link Project completed in the year 1978. There are many places of tourist attraction in around Sundernagar. Mahamaya Temple is situated on a hill top near the town and house the patron goddess Mahamaya of the Sen Rulers of Old Suket State. Shuk Dev Vatika is situated near to BBMB reserviour and was developed by Raja Lakshman Sen of Suket. The vatika is frequented by tourists and locals inhabitants. There is an ancient cave dating back to Puranas. During Pre-Mahabharata period Rishi Shukdev meditated at this place. It is believed that the cave leads to Haridwar and Rishi Shukdev used this cave to take bath in holy Ganga every morning. It is said that pandavas visited the place and Bhim stopped a rock falling on the enterence of the cave. The mark of his hand known as Bhim Panja can be seen at the enterance of the gate. Holy water in the D shaped pond is said to cure many diseases. Jangam Baag is located in BBMB colony in the town and has an ancient temple of Radha-Krishana, fish pond and is surrounded by lush green trees. Hateshwari Temple is situated on Sundernagar Baggi Road at a distance of about eight km from Sundernagar. The ancient Shiv Temple at Mahadev is near about 2 km from Dhanotu Chowk on Karsog Road and is believed to be built by the Pandavas in one night. Murari Devi temple is located at the top of a hill top named Murari Dhar in the West of Sunder Nagar. Distance of Murari Mata Temple from Mandi is about 75 km and from Sunder Nagar Bus stand is 55 km. The place have panoramic view of regions of four districts  viz. Kullu, Mandi, Hamirpur & Bilaspur.

How to Reach:

25 Kms from Mandi Town

175 Kms from Chandigarh

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

Hotels/Guest Houses in Sunder Nagar

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Amit Hotel, Sundernagar

01907-262387

2

Ashiyana Regency, Chamukha

01907-275081, 94180-74981

3

Atithi Guest House, Bhojpur (Sundernagar)

96250-00500, 97369-00500

4

Beas View Guest House, Sundernagar

94180-62508

5

Besillio Grand Hotel & Restaurant, Dhanotu

98054-55544

6

Chinar Hotel, Sundernagar

98160-18847, 98166-74747

7

Comfort Inn Guest House, Sundernagar

86794-16040

8

Green Valley Hotel, Chamukha

01907-275439

9

Hamsafar Hotel, Sundernagar

01905-262478, 98160-62478

10

Kumar Hotel, Sundernagar

01907-262535, 94180-60135

11

Krishana Guest House, Sundernagar

01907-264475, 92187-85225

12

Lake View Paying Guest House, Sundernagar

01907-265199, 94180-65199

13

Hotel Mahamaya Palace & Restaurant, Chatrokhri

98162-50051

14

Mid Town Regency Guest House, Sundernagar

98163-71554

15

New Ashiyana Hotel & Restaurant, Sundernagar

94184-54908

16

Paras Guest House, Dhanotu

01907-262199, 94185-90481

17

Pride Guest House, Sundernagar

94180-09193

18

Pohlo Regency, Sundernagar

01907-208000, 98160-70065

19

Rising Star Hotel, Chamukha

01907-266981, 98820-32637

20

Roshan Hotel & Restaurant, Sundernagar

01907-262511, 98170-34567

21

River View Guest House, Sundernagar

01907-263808, 94180-63808

 

Kamrunag : Situated at a height of 3,334 Mtr. Kamrunag is known for the lake and the temple besides the lake. View of Dhauladhar Range and Balh Valley adds to the scenic beauty of the spot where the lake and pent roof temple of Dev Kamrunag is surrounded by thick forests of deodar. As per tradition, Kamrunag is the King Yaksha of Mahabharta and worshiped by Pandavas. There is a tradition of offering gold, silver and coins in the lake by devotees on the fulfillment of their wishes by Dev Kamrunag.It is not possible to estimate the quantity of gold ,silver and coins of other matel that lie at the bottom of the lake. For nature lovers, visit to Kamrunag is a visit to paradise. It takes 3 to 4 hours to complete the on foot journey from Rohanda to Kamrunag on a steep  mountain path of about 6 Km.

 

How To Reach :

35 Kms from Sundernagar-Rohanda (by road) 6 Kms Rohanda-Kamrunag (on foot)

Trek Routes:

Rohanda-Kamrunag 6 Kms

Saroa-Kamrunag 10 Kms

Kamrunag-Shikari Devi  16Kms

Jhaur (Chail Chowk-Jhaur 20 Kms)-Kamrunag 4 Kms

 

Where to Stay

 

Hotels/Guest Houses near Kamrunag

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Kamroo Valley Guest House, Rohanda

01907-274063, 94184-74063

 

Home Stay Units near Kamrunag

Sr. No.

Name of Home Stay

Telephone No.

1

Classic Home Stay, Aukal

98822-61944

 

 

Shikari Devi:- Shikari is just 16 Km from Janjehli and connected by a jeepable Forest road. It is situated at an altitude of 3359 Mtr. Thick forests on the way to Shikari are amazing. Being the highest peak of Mandi District it is also called Crown of Mandi. Vast green pastures, captivating sunrise and sunset, panoramic view of snow ranges make this place favorite to nature lovers. The place receives a lot of snow during winters. The place can be approached from Karsog which is just 21 Km from Shikari Devi. On the Shikari peak, there is a roofless temple of Shikari Devi, the Goddess of hunters and this temple is said to be established (Sathapit) by Pandavas. It is said that sage Markanday also meditated at this place for number of years. It has been observed that despite the fact that temple has no roof, no snow is spotted in temple premises during winters when the entire region around this temple is covered upto several feet by snow. Visitors can trek to Chindi, Karsog, Janjehli through different trek routes from Shikari. Adventurists can visit Kamrunag by undertaking a day long journey of 16 Km by trekking the vast spread pastures on this hill top route with breathtaking scenic beauty and perfect calmness.

How to Reach:

 

Trek Routes:

Shikari Devi-Bakhrot-Chindi 18 Kms

Shikari Devi–Raigarh-Shankar Dehra 15 Kms

Shikari-Kamrunag 16 Kms

 

Janjehli :- The picturesque Janjehli is situated at an elevation of 2150 Mtr. A lush green valley with agricultural fields in gentle slopes, apple orchards, hills covered with pine and deodar trees and a small river having crystal clear water moving like a snake through various criss-crossed hills Janjehli alongwith adjoining Keolidhar, Bagsaid valleys are a gift of nature to this district. Janjehli is loved by trekker and nature lover alike. This valley, adorned by snow during winters, is no less than heaven on the earth. The art lovers must have glimpses of traditional wood carving and metal work. Visit to Janjehli is not complete without having blessing of Shikari Mata. Budha Kedar: Situated at an altitude of 9000 feet Budha Kedar can be visited by trekking a distance of 4 Kms from HPTDC Trekker’s Hostel at Katroo. The place is endowed with natural beauty. Deodar trees, streams of crystal clear water attract the tourists. The traditions have it that during exile Pandavs came here and saw Nandi at this place. Nandi jumped on a rock to save itself from Bhima of Mahabharata and disappeared through the rock. The hole has the shape of the back of the bull. People worship at this place and take holy bath in the nearby stream. Pandav Shila (Rock):  Situated just 3 Kms ahead of Janjehli village on the bank of Bhekhli Khad in village Dhar Jarol Pandav Shila is believed to be of Mahabharata era. People believe that if a pebble thrown on the rock stays on it their wishes are fulfilled. It is also said that a person with true belief can have slight movement of the top of the rock.

 

 

How to Reach:

Janjehli is at a distance of 76 Kms from Mandi Town via Pandoh, Bada Kanda and 70 Kms from Dadour near Sundernagar towards Mandi.

Trek Routes:

Janjehli is a base camp to many treks. A trekker’s Hut exist at Katroo which is at a distance of 4 Kms from Janjehli village.

Janjehli-Shikari Devi via Budha Kedar 10 Kms

Janjehli-Magrugala 8 Kms

Janjehli-Bhulah-Raigarh 12 Kms

Janjehli-Shikari Devi-Devidarh-Kamrunag 28 Kms

Janjehli-Raigarh-Shankar Dehra-Karsog  27 Kms

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

Sr. No.

Name of accommodation & Location

Reservation By

1

Trekkers Hostel, Janjehli

Sr. Manager, Hotel Lake View Bilaspur Phone : 01978-224538

 

Hotels/Guest Houses near Janjehli

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Hotel Sandhya, Odidhar Near Janjehli

98162-96222

 

Home Stay Units near Janjehli

Sr. No.

Name of Home Stay

Telephone No.

1

Shiva Home Stay, Pandavsheela (Janjehli)

98162-09181, 01907-256767

2

Jagdish Home Stay, Riyara (Janjehli)

01907-256765, 98164-51951

3

Kumar Home Stay, Janjehli

01907-256790, 98161-28640

4

Chaman Tara Home Stay, Keolinal (Janjehli)

01907-256536, 98161-01206

5

Mata Shikari Home Stay, Janjehli

01907-256726, 98163-56726

6

Om Home Stay, Janjehli

01907-256739, 96250-01200

7

Neeraj Home Stay, Odidhar (Janjehli)

01907-256529, 98053-90479

8

Shivalik Home Stay, Kataru

78070-75517

9

Dhrub Home Stay, Kutah

94186-40300, 98164-95304

10

Mount View Home Stay, Janjehli (Dasoundi)

94180-35220

11

Goldi Home Stay, Janjehli

96251-12947

12

Green Meadows Home Stay, Kataroo

94181-54936, 94182-86223

13

Apple Valley Home Stay, Majhakal (Janjehli)

98160-20718

 

Devidarh : The place is  endowed with breath taking natural beauty having lush green fields, meadows and dense deodar forest. The place is situated at an altitude of 7800 feet and is the last village in the Jayuni valley. Temple of Mata Mundsan is situated here. Devidarh is on the trek route Janjhali- Shikri Devi- Devidarh- Kamrunag. Tourist can stay in the forest rest house at Devidarh.

 

How to reach:

Sundernagar-Dadour-Devi Darh 50 Kms

Mandi-Dadour-Devi Darh 55 Kms

 

Joginder Nagar:  Endowed with scenic beauty Joginder Nagar is situated at a distance of 57 Kms from Mandi on the way to Pathankot. This town is named after the name Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi State. There is a Herbal Garden in Joginder Nagar. This town is connected with Narrow-Gauge Railway Line. Pine trees on the surroundings hills, agricultural fields in gentle slopes and various rivelets flowing through the Joginder Nagar valley are nature’s gifts to this region. At a distance of 3 Kms from Joginder Nagar there exists the famous temple of Baba Balakrupi which is visited by thousands of devotees. At a distance of 20 Kms from Joginder Nagar the famous religious temple of Mata Chaturbhuja is situated at Basai Dhar. is situated At a distance of approximately 40 Kms from Joginder Nagar Triveni Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated at the confluence of Beas, Binwa and Gupt Ganga rivers. Devotees take pious bath at the confluence. The Simsa Mata temple is situated at a distance of ---- Kms from Joginder Nagar in village Simas. This temple is dedicated to Mata Sarswati. Childless parents even from out side the State come with prayers on their lips and hope in their heart. Women have to observe strict penitence, abstain from food and sleep on the temple floor to get their wish fulfilled. Machhial at a distance of 6 Kms from Joginder Nagar on Joginder Nagar to Sarkaghat road is known for the water body where the fishes are protected from human interference due to religious traditions. The temple of Fish God Machendru Devta is also located there and the idols of fish deities housed in the temple are worshiped.

 

How to Reach:

57 Kms from Mandi on NH-154 (old NH-20)

151 Kms from Pathankot NH-154 (old NH-20)

 

Trek Routes:

Joginder Nagar-Nagchala-Digli-Nakti Devi-Kao-Barot 14 Kms

Joginder Nagar-Winch Camp-Barot 7 Kms

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

Hotels/Guest Houses near Joginder Nagar

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Hotel The Uhl, HPTDC Ltd., Joginder Nagar

01908-222002

1

Hotel Anshdeep Palace, Dhelu (Joginder Nagar)

01908-222761

2

City Heart Hotel, Gadyara (Joginder Nagar)

01908-223450

3

Green Hotel, Joginder Nagar

01908-224304, 98179-35255

4

Hill Top Guest House, Joginder Nagar

01908-222951

5

Himalaya Hotel Joginder Nagar

01908-222308

6

Shankar View Hotel, Joginder Nagar

01908-222214, 94189-78364

7

Shivam Guest House, Joginder Nagar

01908-222166, 98164-36046

8

Sangam Hotel & Restaurant, Bridgemandi

94180-56631, 94187-11297

9

Top-in-Town Hotel, Joginder Nagar

01908-223200, 94180-32200

10

Trekker’s Nest Hotel & Restaurant, Jokenala (Joginder Nagar)

01908-222119, 94180-32356

11

Vivek Hotel & Restaurant, Joginder Nagar

01908-222146, 94181-00725

 

Chauhar Valley

 

Jhatingri: Jhatingri is a beautiful place where the hills are covered with thick Deodar trees. The green and serene environment with beautiful landscape is nature’s bounty for humanity. It was once the summer capital of Mandi State. Palaces of  King  & Queen were constructed here but now only the remains of the old heritage structures are left. A scenic spot known as Dyna Park and a religious place Himri Ganga associated with Lord Hurang Narayan can be visited by taking Jhatingiri-Padhar-Mandi road.

 

How to Reach:

Mandi-Ghatasani (on NH-154/old NH-20)-Jhatingri 48 Kms

Joginder Nagar- Ghatasani (on NH-154/old NH-20)-Jhatingri 19 Kms

 

Trek Route:

Jhatingiri to Bir-Billing: Jhantingiri-Fulladhar-Nakti Devi-Winch Camp-Devi Darh-Chenna Pass-Billing 22 Kms

 

Where to Stay:

Hotels/Guest Houses near Jhatingiri

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Anant Guest House, Lakhwan (Ghatasani)

01908-268617, 98052-27191

2

Pine Valley Hotel & Restaurant, Dhargehra (Ghatasani)

89881-72747, 89882-65857

3

Hill Top Hotel & Restaurant, Chhanang (Gumma)

01908-268543, 94182-49696

 

 

Barot: Situated at a height of 1835 meter Barot is a beautiful place on the bank of river Uhl. It is famous for its Trout Fish Farm. It is being operated by Fisheries Department and angling meet is organized every year. The reservoir of Shanan power project built by Britishers is located here and adds to the scenic beauty of Barot. Barot is also the Gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary spread over area of 278 sq. kms. It has the home of Monal, Wild Cats, Monkeys and the Black Bear. It is also the base for trek routes to Kullu & Kangra Valleys. This area is also famous for vegetables and pulse production. It has beautiful sceneries all around which attracts everyone. Thousands of tourists visit this place every year.

How to Reach:

Mandi-Ghatasani (on NH-154/old NH-20)-Jhatingri-Barot 68 Kms

Joginder Nagar- Ghatasani (on NH-154/old NH-20)-Jhatingri-Barot 39 Kms

Trek Routes:

Barot to Balh Ropa: Barot-Lapas-Thaltukhod-Sil Budhanni- Sudhar-Balh Ropa 18 Kms

Sil Budhanni to Kullu: Sil Budhanni-Bhubhu Jot-Dalighat 9 Kms

Thaltukhod to Dehnasar: Thaltukhod-Richhu Nallah-Fungni Top-Langha-Sari Jot-Dehnasar 20 Kms

Barot to Kangra: Barot-Miot-Rajgundha-Chenna Top-Hanumaan Choti-Utrala-Sansaal 18 Kms

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels/Guest Houses near Barot

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Roshan Hotel, Barot

98161-12578, 97365-47279

2

River Side Camping Site Guest House, Ruiling Nallah (Barot)

94180-32356, 94180-89872

 

Home Stay Units near Barot

Sr. No.

Name of Home Stay

Telephone No.

1

Negi Home Stay, Barot

01908-267312, 94590-48812

2

Shobhla Home Stay, Barot

01908-267307, 94182-98856

3

River View Home Stay, Barot

01908-267211, 94187-63841

4

Barrage View Home Stay, Thuji (Barot)

97369-58568

5

Paul Home Stay, Thuji (Barot)

94180-11980, 97369-18040

6

Lake Paradise Home Stay, Thuji (Barot)

97368-97808, 97360-12482

7

New Sangam View Home Stay, Thuji (Lambadug)

97360-12621

 

 

 Hurang Narayan Temple: Hurang Narayan is the most revered god of the Chauhar Valley. This village is covered with thick forest. People can’t cut wood from this forest for their use. No one can enter in the forest with sharp arms. Smoking is prohibited in Hurang village and no one can enter this village with tobacco product. No one is also allowed to enter the village with lather materials i.e. Shoos, Belt, Purse etc. People of this village are following these rules from centuries ago and no one has the courage to break these rules. The temple of Hurang Narayan is made of Pahari Style and Kahika fair is held after every 5 years in which the Nad (Priest) of Gods Hurang Narayan dies and get life again with the power of Gods Hurang Narayan. It is believed that centuries ago Gods Hurang Narayan was affected with leprosy and was cured by people of Nad community. After that accident, Kahika fair is organised in Hurang village after every 5 years in which people performed Chhidra to remove all their sins. It is also said that the King of Mandi State Raja Sahib Sen’s wife named Parkash Dai has no child. She prayed in Hurang Narayan temple and the Gods blessed her with son and the name of the son was named Narayan Sen. The Gods Hurang Narayan participates in Shivatri fair and other fairs every year and the journey made on foot. The people has the great faith in Hurang Narayan. People pray to him for rain for their crops. Temples of Ghaddoni Narayan and Pashakot are other famous temples of the region.

 

How to reach:

Mandi-Ghatasani-Jhatingiri-Sil Budhani-Hurang 65 Kms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karsog

 

Karsog, a Sub Division of Mandi District is Situated an altitude of 2100 Mtr., Karsog is a land of faith, forests and fertile fields. Scenic beauty, moderate climate almost around the year make it all season tourist destination. Karsog is at an altitude of 2100 Mtr. is a bowl shaped valley having fertile land surrounded by forest covered hills is blessed with unparallel scenic beauty.

 

How to Reach:

By Shimla-Karsog road: Situated at a distance of 106 Km from Shimla with tourist places like Mashobra, Naldehra, Tattapani and Chindi on the way.

By Mandi-Dhanotu-Karsog road: Having a distance of 120 Km from Mandi, tourist can reach here by taking diversion from Dhanotu Chowk near Sundernagar on NH-21 by covering a distance of 100 Km on a pleasant route admist mostly in the forests with places namely Rohanda, Pandar and Pangna Valley endowed with natural beauty on this way to Karsog.

 

Trek Routes:

Chindi-Bakhrot-Raigarh-Shikari 18 Kms

Sanarli-Shankar Dehra-Raigarh-Shikari 18 Kms

Syanj-Dhamoon Peak 5 Kms

Mahavan-Dhamoon 6 Kms

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

Hotels/Guest Houses near Karsog

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Hotel The Mamleshwar, HPTDC Ltd., Chindi

01907-210238

1

Badwal Guest House, Karsog

01907-222266

2

City Heart Hotel, Karsog

98170-19230

3

Evergreen Hotel & Restaurant, Karsog

98572-05011

4

Hill View Guest House, Karsog

01907-222634

5

Mehta Hotel & Restaurant, Karsog

 

6

OMS Hotel & Restaurant, Karsog

01907-222311, 94184-71118

7

Sood Guest House, Karsog

01907-222316, 98163-47082

8

Shandilaya Hotel, Sanarli (Karsog)

01907-222331, 98170-66168

9

Tejus Hotel & Restaurant, Karsog

01907-222548, 94180-80548

10

Verma Paying Guest House, Karsog

01907-222256, 98179-71107

11

Hotel Valley View, Karsog

98171-16706

 

Home Stay Units near Karsog

Sr. No.

Name of Home Stay

Telephone No.

1

Prem Home Stay, Sanarli (Karsog)

01907-222621, 88941-70127

2

Rana Home Stay, Baral (Karsog)

98170-18801

 

Hotels/Guest Houses near Tattapani

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Hotel Hot Spring International, Tattapani

01907-230763, 98160-57111

2

New Spring View Guest House, Tattapani

98160-41911, 98160-03488

3

Hotel Saffron Regency, Tattapani

01907-211207, 98172-93803

 

Home Stay Units near Tattapani

Sr. No.

Name of Home Stay

Telephone No.

1

Kapil Home Stay, Tattapani

94184-74047, 98173-42197

2

Sharma Home Stay, Jewri (Tattapani)

01907-230707, 98167-33414

3

Bansal Home Stay, Tattapani

98053-59776, 98172-19071

4

Flower Creeper Home Stay, Tattapani

98161-77142

5

Vasu’s Home Stay, Tattapani

88948-61009

 

Places of interest in Karsog Valley

Mamleshwar Mahadev Temple: In the ancient Mamleshwar Mahadev temple in Mamel, Gauri-Shankar can be seen sitting on lotus. The two Pagoda Style temples in this complex have intricate wooden carvings. An old rope existing in the temple having diameter about 4 inch was used for human sacrifice known as Bhunda. A drum made of a bush stem locally known as Bhekhal and a grain of wheat weighing 250 grams   displayed in the temple are amazing.

Emergence of a number of Shivlingas in this excavations in this recent past near the temple and existence of stone statues of Shiv and Vishnu in this temple indicates that a Shikhra Style stone temple existed here earlier. The temple is also related to Bhrigu Rishi and Lord Parshuram.

Kamaksha Devi Temple:

                   In the valley itself and about 8 Km away from Karsog temple of Kamaksha Devi is situated in vill. Kao. According to Puranas the temple was established by Lord Parshuram. The Pagoda Style temple is famous for its wood carving and is said to be inspired by the Devi to the Carpenter herself. The Goddess is incarnation of Mahishasurmardini and there was practice of Buffalo sacrifice in the temple till recent past.

Mahamaya Bhuneshwari temple:

Situated at a place named Pangna which is about 24 Km from  Karsog on Karsog-Mandi road. Pangna was the capital of old Suket State and is also related to Pandavas who, it is said, have spent their time there during exile. The temple is in the shape of  a fort having six stories and a height of 52 feet. For this reason the temple is also known as Devi Kot.

Mool (Original) Mahunag temple:

Located at Bakhari at an altitude of 1850 Mtr. And is 24 Km from Karsog towards Shimla. The temple was built in 14-15th century. Mahunag is believed to be incarnation of Karan of Mahabharata. The nag devta is worshiped all over the State  and its temples exist all over Himachal Pradesh.

                   The people of Karsog area worship Shiv, Shakti and Nags and for that reason temples are found in almost each village of the valley. Nag Sunani temple Churag, Nag Sarhi, Nag Dhamooni’s temples at Dhamoon Tibba, Seri and Damehal, Somleshwar Mahadev Soma Kothi, Tebani Mahadev, Deo Baryogi temple, Chawasi Sidh temple are some of the famous temples.

Chindi: Situated over a ridge of Karsog valley Chindi having an altitude 1825 Mtr. is 11 Km from Karsog on Karsog-Shimla road. It has a spectacular view of Karsog valley and mountain ranges. The place is famous for dense forests of Deodar and Pine and its apple orchards. A walk through forest path on the surrounding hills is walker’s paradise. A temple of Chandika Mata of Pahari Style of Architecture also exist here and have beautiful wood carvings.  Mahamaya Bhuneshwari temple is situated at a place named Pangna which is about 13 Km from  Chindi on Karsog-Mandi road. Mool (Original) Mahunag temple is located at Bakhari at an altitude of 1850 Mtr. And is 13 Km from Chindi on Karsog-Shimla road. The temple was built in 14-15th century. Mahunag is believed to be incarnation of Karan of Mahabharata. Tattapani situated at a distance of 53 Km from Shimla on Shimla-Karsog road have Sulphur containing hot springs which stands submerged in the artificial lake formed there due to construction of Kol Dam Hydro Electric Project.

Tattapani

A place called Tattapani is famous for hot water springs on the side of Satluj River and backwaters of Kol dam.

Situated at a distance of 53 Km from Shimla and is entry point to Karsog Sub Division. The place is famous for Sulphur containing hot springs which stands submerged in the artificial lake formed there due to construction of Kol Dam Hydro Electric Project.  

 

Dhamoon

Dhamoon peak is having an altitude of  - Mtr. A temple of Dhamooni Nag exist on the peak. The place provides a panoramic view of the peaks of Shimla, Kullu, Lahul & Spiti and Kinnaur. The place can be visited by undertaking on foot journey from Mahavan or Sianj Bagra on Karsog-Kelodhar-Seri-Sianj or Mahavan road towards Rampur Busehar. Trekking from Sianj Bagra/Mahavan to the Dhamoon peak is a thrilling visit through dense Deodar forests. Seri, Chirag, Mahavan, Sianj Bagra near the peak give an opportunity of stay in apple orchards and peaceful, green and clean surroundings.

 

Chhatri

Situated at a distance of 107 Km from Mandi via Janjehli and 155 Km via Karsog Chhatri is in one of the far flung region of Mandi District. Chhatri is known for dense Deodar forests, apple orchards and Magru Mahadev/Chatreshwar Mahadev temple. The temple is designed in Pahari Style of temple architecture. The temples is famous for its wood craft and events sequences of Ramayana & Mahabharata on this ceiling of the roof of this temple.

How to Reach:

Mandi-Janjheli-Magru Gala-Chhatri

Shimla-Karsog-Chhatri

Mandi-Thalot-Banjar-Jibhi-Gadda Gussani-Chhachh Gala-Chhatri

 

Gaddagusani

It is situated at a distance of 135 Km from Mandi via Bali Chowki. The valley is a less known place and thus not frequented much by tourists. One find nature at its best offering beautiful surroundings green forests and pollution free environment. The valley is connected to Chhatri crossing Chhachh Gala. Kholi, Tungasi Dhar are places blessed with natural beauty. The valley is adorned with snow in the winters.

How to Reach:

Mandi-Thalot-Bali Chowki-Banjar-Jibhi-Bahu-Gadda Gussain 135 Kms

Trek Routes:

Kholi Khad-Tungasi Dhar 5 Kms

Gadda Gussain-Raghupur Garh 15 Kms

Gadda Gussain-Madhopur Garh-Tungasi 8 Kms

 

Panjain and Thachi Village

These are two villages situated in the middle of thick forests of deodar, pine and tosh trees. Both villages offer beautiful scenery and base camps for adventure loving tourists. The famous temple of Bithu Narayan is situated in Thachi village while the temple of Punderik Rishi is located in village Panjain.

How to Reach:

Mandi-Thalot-Bali Chowki-Panjain-Thachi 57 Kms.

 

Kamlah Fort: The fort of Kamlahgarh is the most famous & invincible fort of Mandi State and is situated near the boundary of erstwhile Kangra State in Sandhole Tehsil. The fort is in fact a group of six forts and these are spread over an area of 360 Bighas of land. The fort was constructed about four hundred years. The construction of the fort was started during the reign of Raja Hari Sen (1605-1637) and was completed by his son Raja Suraj Sen.

          The fort is a unique example of human effort and architecture. It could be conquered for the first time in 1840 by Sikhs however its possession was regained in 1846 by the ruler of Mandi State with the help of the British. At the top of the fort the famous temple of Baba Kamlahiya is situated. The place have panoramic view of distant places of Mandi, Kangra and Hamirpur Districts.The fort is looked after by Language & Cultural Department of the State Government. ‘Kharak Bijni’ Canon in the fort is an example of remarkable metal craft. There were 22 wells for the provision of water in the fort out of which 7 are still safe.

How to Reach:

Mandi-Dharampur-Madhi-Naun 90 Kms by road and

Naun-Kamlah Garh 3 Kms on foot journey

 

Where to Stay:

Hotel near Kamlah Garh

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Mile Stone Hotel & Restaurant, Dharampur

94590-51413

 

Laghoo Haridwar Kandapattan: This ancient religious place is situated on the confluence of Beas and Son rivers where the temple of Neel Kanth Mahadev of  Mahabharata era exist. People from Sarkaghat, Joginder Nagar and Sandhole area still come there for creamation. For the peace of departed souls  the mortal remains are offered at Kandapattan and for this reason the place is also known as Laghoo Haridwar. Near the Dharampur town famous temple of Sheetla Mata is located.

How to Reach:

Mandi-Kotli-Dharampur-Kandapattan 67 Kms

Where to Stay:

Hotel near Kandapattan

Sr. No.

Name of Hotel/Guest House

Telephone No.

1

Mile Stone Hotel & Restaurant, Dharampur

94590-51413

 

TOURIST PLACES ALONG SIDE NH-21

Jarol : Jarol is 165 Kms from Chandigarh and tourist visiting Kullu and Manali take a break for relaxing in the HPMC Campus at Jarol. Jarol is also famous for growing of Mangoes. Various products like Juices, pickles, Cider are manufactured sold by HPMC here. A park has also been developed for providing resting place to the tourists. Tourist stopping here can cook foods by themselves for which a kitchen has been constructed on the one corner of the park.

 

Hanogi Mata Temple : Hanogi Mata Temple is situated on NH-21, 27 Km from Mandi towards Kullu. It is an important religious place where all the persons halt to pray to Hanogi Mata for safe journey. Another temple of Mata Durga is also situated there on the other side of the river Beas where one can  go by taking a  Boat. A ropeway has also been constructed there to cross the river.

 

Jhiri Nature Park : A park named Nature Park is developed at Jhiri on the border of Mandi and Kullu District on the bank of Beas river. It is a beautiful tourist place being frequented by tourists for taking rest during the journey and for enjoying the scenic beauty of the spot. This is the end point for river rafting which starts from Kullu District. The park have boarding and lodging facilities & a restaurant. 


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