Mandi district is one of the central districts of the state of Himachal Pradesh. This town is located on the banks of river Beas. Mandi derives its name 'mandi' or 'market' as it was a major trade route from Ladhakh. It is a major transit route to Kullu-Manali and other adjoining places from NH-21 and NH-20. Raw-silk and the rock salt mines at Drang and Guma are the special features of Mandi.
Places to stay
Some of the good budget hotels in Mandi are Munish Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1200), Hotel Manjul Mandi (Tariff – Rs. 1450) and Hotel Visco Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1600).
People in Mandi converse in Mandyali and Mandyali.
The famous festival celebrated in Mandi is the Mandi Shivaratri Fair (February). It is an annual fair that is held for seven days starting with the Hindu festival of Shivaratri)
Places to Visit
Mandi is renowned for old stone temples and their range of fine carving. Because of this, it is called the "Varanasi of the Hills." Places to see in and around Mandi include Bhootnath Temple (900 meters from bus stand), Rewalsar Lake (23 kms from bus stand), Joginder Nagar (56 kms from bus stand), Sunder Nagar (24 kms from bus stand) and Sunken Garden (550 metres from bus stand).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mandi is a small domestic airport at Bhuntar (75 kms).
The closest railhead to Mandi is in Kiratpur (125 kms).
Mandi is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot and Delhi. Himachal Pradesh State Road Transportation (HRTC) and private operators run busses from major cities to Mandi. Some of the private bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Raj Himachal Holidays, Heera Himachal Holidays, Himachal Volvo Tour and Mangalam Travels. Making use of bus booking online offers are the best way to save money while travelling.
The city of Haridwar is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of the Indian subcontinent. The River Ganges flows through this city due to which it is considered to be one of the seven holy place for the Hindus.
Places of Stay
Hotel Khanna Palace, Hotel Har Ki Pauri, Hotel Jewel, Hotel Jahanavi etc are some of the well-known hotels of Haridwar where you can have a comfortable stay with your family.
Places of Interest
Har Ki Pauri: This is a sacred Ghat which is about 2.5 km from ths bus stand twas built in King Vikramaditya fond memory of his brother during the 1st century.Kankhal : Houses the Daksheswara Mahadev Temple is 54 km from the Haridwar Bus Stand.Mansa Devi Temple: This temple dates back to the 11th century and the bus stand is only 2km from this temple.The Chandi Devi temple: Has Goddess Chandi as its presiding deity lies at a distance of 3km from the bus stand.The Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar. The bus stands are 5.5km from here.Shantikunj at a distance of 6km from the main bus stand.
How to Get There
Jolly Grant Airport and the Indira Gandhi International Airport are the nearest airports to Haridwar.
The Haridwar Railway Station connects this holy city to almost all the major cities across India.
Tourists who wish to get to Haridwar by bus can get ac and Volvo buses through Online Bus Ticket Booking facility which is offered by Online Bus Booking websites like TicketGoose.com. Bus booking offers at Ticketgoose.com can be availed of when you book your tickets.