Mandi formerly known as Mandav Nagar also known as Sahor is a major town and a municipal council in Mandi District in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
It is situated 153 kilometres (95 mi) north of state capital, Shimla in the north-west Himalayas at an average altitude of 850 metres (2,790 ft), and experiences pleasant summers and cold winters. Mandi is connected to the Pathankot through National Highway 20 which is almost 220 km(140 mi) long and to Manali and Chandigarh through National Highway 21 which is 323 km(201 mi) long. Mandi is approximately 184.6 km (114.7 mi) from Chandigarh, the nearest major city, and 440.9 km (273.9 mi) from New Delhi, the national capital. In the 2011 Indian census, Mandi city had a population of 26,422. Mandi district is currently the 2nd largest economy in the state next to Kangra. Mandi, in the state is having second highest sex ratio of 1013 females per thousand males.
Mandi is revered by people of Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist community. Mandi is a beautiful yet an unusual destination of Himachal Pradesh. The town curls around the holy Rewalsar Lake which is said to have appeared when the king of Mandi tried to kill Guru Padmasambhava when he got to know that his daughter Mandarava is running off with him. On the bank of the lake is the 12 m-high statue of Padmasambhava, which is the main attraction of the place. People even say that Guru Padmasambhava's (Guru Rinpoche) spirit resides in this lake in the form of a tiny reed flowing in the river and that it why the lake is sacred to all the Tibetans.
There are more than 300 temples in Mandi which are dedicated to Hindu god and goddesses. The most famous amongst them is the Bhootnath Temple, which was built here in 1520. Another famous shrine is the temple devoted to Shikari Devi, which is located at an elevation of 11500 ft above sea level. Mandi is also renowned for the Gurudwara which is dedicated to the tenth Guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh. The Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara was built in 1930 to honor Guru Gobind Singh ji's visit in 1738 to Rewalsar. Mandi is renowned for its Shivratri celebration, which takes place here in the month of March. The town is small and authentically mystic!