Access and Weather

How to Reach
By Road - Mandi is approachable by road from Shimla (145 Kms), Chandigarh (205 Kms) and Delhi (450 Kms). There are regular bus services linking it to the other towns like Manali, Palampur and Dharamsala.
By Rail - Broad gauge train travels upto Pathankot, from where a narrow gauge train takes you to Joginder Nagar- Mandi distance of 55 Kms can be covered by road.
By Air - Nearest airport is at Bhuntar, 31 Km from Mandi.

Best time to visit Mandi is from October to November and then from March to May as weather remains comfortable during these months. Mandi could be a good option for witnessing snowfall if you want to avoid the crowds of Shimla.

Temperature : In winter, the temperature can drop to below freezing point Summer temperature stays mild and pleasant.

To view current and coming weather:

Clothing : Light woollens and tropical in summer and heavy woolens in winters

History of mandi

Not much is known about the early history prior to the formation of Suket in 765 AD. The area had been under the control of Ranas or Thakurs. The only place that has an early mention in literature is Rewalsar and it is mentioned in the Skanda Purana as a sacred place of pilgrimage. Karnpur, a small village is said to have been founded by Karan, a hero of the Mahabharta..