EXCURSIONS FROM MANDI
has three Hindu temples which are dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and
to the sage Lomas. A small zoo is maintained near the lake. The lake of Kunt
Bhyog (1750 m above sea level) lies above Rewalsar as do six other lakes of
mythology. These are associated with the escape of 'Pandavs' from the burning
palace of wax-an episode from the epic, Mahabharta.
Revalsar Lake: About 25-km from Mandi at an altitude of 1360 m, and 14-km
from Ner Chowk is the Revalsar lake, famous for its seven floating islands
of reed. It is maintained that all seven of them can be moved by prayer or
It is square shaped with a shoreline of 735 m, this dark jewel rests on a mountain
spur and is protected by a dense vegetation.Here are three shrines - a Buddhist
monastery, where elaborate rituals are performed, a Sikh gurudwara and a Hindu
temple. It was from this place that the Sage Padma Sambhava, a zealous teacher
of Buddhism, left as a missionary to preach the doctrine of "The Enlightened"
Also known as Guru Rimpoche, it was under Padmasambhava's influence that Mahayana
Buddhism took root in Tibet at Rewalsar, his spirit is said to reside in the
tiny island of floating reed that drifts over the water. There are three Buddhist
monasteries at Rewalsar.
Famous of its temples 26-Km from Mandi towards Shimla and at a height of 1,174m
(3,852 ft) on the raised edge of the fertile valley, the beautiful town of Sundernagar
is known, also for its shady walks amidst towering trees. On top of a hill and
visited by thousands of devotees every year, the Sukhdev Vatika and temple of
Mahamaya. The biggest hydro-electric project in all Asia, the Beas-Sutlej Project,
irrigating nearly one-fourth of the northern plains of India, has brought unprecedented
prosperity to Sundernagar. The Beas-Sutlej Link colony is the biggest colony
in Himachal Pradesh.
Naina Devi Temple (71 km from the hotel)
The charming hill resort of Nainital gets its name from the Goddess Naina Devi.
A temple dedicated to the deity stands here. The Naina Devi temple is situated
in Nainital. Thousands of pilgrims gather here every year around September to
worship Goddess Parvati. The temple of Naina Devi is situated about 7 miles
from Anandpore Sahib on Bhakra Nangal rail line. The temple is situated
on Shivalik Mountain and devotees have to cover a distance of above 2 km on
foot. It takes for the normal Devotee about half an hour to reach the temple
from the foothill.
The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati ( Durga). The Goddess Naina
Devi is worshipped as a single self born pindi. There is another pindi of Ganesha
and a third established by the Pandavas. This is believed to be the 'shakti
pita' where Sati's eye fell. Naina means eye. The temple is also known as Mahishapitha
because of it's association with Mahishasur.
Naina devi temple is one of the 52 Sati piths according to Hindu scriptures
and is perched at 11000mtr.above sealevel, on shivalik range in Bilaspur
district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It's scenic beauty is marvelous
and all the devotees gets peace and blessings of Ma Naina Devi. It's surrounded
by Govind Sagar lake and Bharka Dam. Naina Devi is a great source of comfort,
strength and influence on the soul searching. Those yearning for solace, peace
and salvation, it is a dream destination and abode of peace.
At a distance of 67-km from Mandi, Janjehli is a paradise for hikers, offering
treks up to a height of 3,300m.(10,827 ft). After covering 32-km by a motorable
road up to Gohar, the rest of the journey is on foot. In the midst of thick
forests, 15-km from Gohar, at Bajahi is beautifully located, well furnished,
Rest House, to stay overnight, from where Janjehli is a scant 20-km away, after
going through bridle path.
Parashar lake is in Mandi district, 40 kms from Mandi town. With deep blue waters,
this beautiful lake is held sacred to the sage Parashar. A three-tiered Pagoda-like
temple dedicated to the sage lies by the lake - and he is regarded to have meditated
here. Its remarkable setting is enhanced by a frame of snow-draped peaks and
visible from the lake's edge, the waters of the river Sutlej flow due south.
The lakeside and the nearby villages, are sites of various festivals held at
different times of the year.
on the border of Mandi with Hamirpur, this fort was built by Raja Surat Sen
Just 16-km away from Mandi, Pandoh is an earth and rockfill dam.
15-km from Janjehli is situated the ancient temple of Shikhra Devi and is surrounded
by some marvellous landscapes.
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest airport is Bhuntar about 57-km from Mandi.
The broad gauge railhead is at Pathankot, a distance of 210-km.
From Pathankot the narrow gauge railway connects Joginder Nagar, which is 55-km
Mandi is well connected by road to other places. The main bus stand
is just above an open playing field, where the National Highway- 21 continues
along the left bank of river to Pandoh.
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