The princely state of Mandi is located within the Union of India. With Bilaspur as its capital, the state is as expansive as approximately 232,598 kilometers which reduced to approximately 1,139 square kilometres after the division was made. The state of Mandi is home to two large towns and approximately 3,625 villages. Filled with beautiful hills and simplistic atmosphere, it is a perfect weekend getaway for all those looking to get away from their bustling city life for a while.

There is much historic importance that this place signifies. Stories suggest that during the period of 1290 when the Rana of Banglaor succeeded the Siokot state, he was the first that can be credited for naming Mandi as the new capital of the Northern region. It was only later in the year 1954 that Mandi was incorporated into the state of Himachal Pradesh as the Mandi district.

Tourism industry is thriving in this city, as well. While the location is expansive by nature, there are numerous hotels, restaurants and resorts that embark upon this beautiful holiday destination for tourists and visitors to have a comfortable time in.

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We were a group of 50 students who went on a trip booked through thrillophilia. We had two stops in our journey, Kullu, and Prashar Lake. Kullu: We reached Kullu after an overnight bus journey. There were 10 tents, each with clean attached bathrooms. The tents were in a secluded area by the riverside. The location was beautiful and private. We did river rafting (around 4 kms) and rope activities by the day time. Around the evening, we all enjoyed by the bonfire. You can also walk around the streets during the day, and get a feel of the place. All in all, it was a very memorable experience. Next morning, we left for Mandi in a bus, and then left for trekking to Prashar Lake. It was a picturesque 7 km trek, doable for beginners. The view was extremely scenic especially at the top. There were 14 tents for all us, and a sleeping bag for each (The temperature had really fallen due to a hailstorm). Tasty food was served by the lake . There was a great view of snow-clad mountains from the location. All in all, the place was very serene and beautiful. One drawback was, that there were just three dirty bathrooms for 50 people. This trip is very suitable for adventurous people wanting a break from the city life in a destination which is not overcrowded.
14 April 2015
Prashar lake is one of the most beautiful and scenic places. We had visited the place between April and July and again in September and November and the later one is the best time i would suggest for anyone to visit such a peaceful and serene beauty!
06 June 2015
Excellent destination with awesome views. It is lies 49KM north of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and located at height of 2730m above the sea level. With deep blue water the lake looks mind blowing.
11 May 2015
The place is lovely, amazing and visiting this place is like a dream come true. We enjoyed the beautiful sights on the way and around the lake. It was one of the best tours i have been on.
01 February 2017
Amazing experience. Went on a snow trek. It was handled amazingly well. Thanks to Thrillophilia for such a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend.
07 February 2020
We booked it for a group of 40 students and Thrillophilia offered the best price and services as well. The campsite was big enough to accommodate the group and the tents were very comfortable for the stay. They provided us with tasty food and we even got to eat pasta there which we didn’t expect. There were four guides with us and all of them were friendly. We had a great experience there and Thanks to Thrillophilia for it.
26 February 2020
The trek is completely easy and is best for the beginners. The climate there is great and the lakes look so beautiful at night. The view of the morning sunrise was just amazing and we had so much fun during the trekking.
08 March 2020
Our experience of the prashar lake trek was amazing. We were just two people and we joined a group departure. The people in the group were very friendly and we had a lot of unforgettable memories of the place.
19 August 2019
We visited there in winters and the entire trekking trail was covered with snow. We had never witnessed snow in our life and it was just amazing seeing it for the first time. The best part was on Day second we had snowfall at Prashar Lake and the feeling was undefinable. We had the best time there and were very happy with the experience. A must visit trek in winters.
17 December 2019
We heard a lot about this trek from our friend and finally decided to go for it. We visited there in early September and it was covered with lush greenery because of the rainfall. It looks so beautiful and peaceful.

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  1. Travel advice:

    • Choose your stay well: There are numerous home-stays that you can choose from. They are sprawled along the location of Mandi. The rooms of these places are as good as regular homes with the services being quite basic by nature. For a more luxurious experience, you can opt for these high-end resorts and hotels that face the sea. Most of these places are quite affordable and you won’t find difficulty in traveling around either as the place is quite small and limited.

    • Transportation: The place is quite connected. One can easily find local transport to roam about in the holiday destination. However, it is more convenient if you have a car of your own for private transportation. Enjoy the city of Mandi at your own convenience.

    • Eatables and water: Mandi is quite cool. But summers can get slightly hot. Therefore, if you are visitng Mandi during summers then it is essential for the well-being of your body that you consume enough water to stay hydrated. Moreover, your body may or may not accept that local food at Mandi. Make sure you are sure about a food item before you consume it. Carry bottled water around.

    • Drinking laws: Mandi is filled with restaurants and bars that offer both soft drinks as well as liquor. Booze is available quite freely. However, take special attention into the duplicate liquor that people sell. It is better to purchase alcohol from around the area. Apart from that, frequent drinkers most probably visit Mandi – there is no problem.

    • Shopping experience: Indulge in the vibrant shopping experience that Mandi’s local market offers. However, ensure that you don’t get looted. Be sure of using your bargaining skills at Mandi. You don’t certainly want to be fooled by the locals.

    • Don’t blindly follow the locals: Mandi is a small location. Majority of the people over here are quite helpful too. But like any other vacation spot, it is important that the locals are not followed blindly. If you need directions around the place, get that sorted at the hotel desk itself.

  2. Things to do in Mandi:

    • Visit the Pandoh Dam: Pandoh Dam is located on the Beas River of the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. This structure was established back in 1977 and the main purpose for the Pandoh Damn was to generate hydro-electric power. This Dam is part of a power scheme that essentially diverts the water of the Beas to tunnels and channels thereby, reaching the rural, less developed regions around Mandi. The project was successful back in 1977.

    • Stroll by the Rewalsar Lake: Rewalsar Lake which is situated approximately 12km away from the heart of the city is among the primary attractions around Mandi. This location holds immense religious importance and especially known for being the home for the seven floating islands that are believed to be an act of penance that were held by Lomas Rishi during the reign of Lord Shiva.

    • Adventure activities around Parashar Lake: Parashar Lake is another primary attraction around Mandi that is located approximately 17kms away from the heart of the city. This location is perfect for experiencing nature in its true essence. The place is bordered with lush green land, ever-expansive hills and clear blue water and one can witness a temple from the lake as well. You can even indulge in adventure activities such as camping, trekking, climbing and even boating around this region.

    • Janjehli for adventure buffs: Janjehli is situated approximately 44kms away from the heart of the city and is the perfect treat for adventure buffs. Visitors can take part is activities such as trekking, mountain-climbing, camping among other things at Janjehli. The place is surrounded with lush-green trees and clear skies and makes for a perfect location for photographers as well.

    • Visit Sunder Nagar: Sunder Nagar, the princely state which was first known as Suket is situated approximately 24kms away from Mandi and is quite close Shimla as well. Hop, skip and jump and you’re in the most beautiful destination of Himachal Pradesh. This location is well established for its wonderful background filled with towering trees and hills.

  3. What will you like in Mandi:

    • Visit the Kamlah fort: Kamlah fort situated in the city of Mandi stands proudly on Sikandar Dhar ranges. This structure was built back in 1625 and still stands strong. It is as high as 4772 meters and speaks great wonders of the place.

    • Spiritual oneness at Shikhari Devi temple: Shikhari Devi Temple not only speaks a thousand words about spirituality but also about nature’s serenity. A temple which is at a height of 3332m, the experience is quite enthralling to say the least.