Mandi 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. Mandi is connected to the Pathankpt 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.
It serves as the headquarters of Mandi District and Zonal Headquarters of central zone including Districts namely Kullu, Bilaspur, and Hamirpur. As a tourist place, Mandi is often referred to as “Varanasi of Hills” or “Choti Kashi” or “Kashi of Himachal”. Also, Mandi is the starting point for the famous trek of the region Prashar lake trek. From Mandi, trekkers go to Bagi village, which serves as the base village for Prashar lake.
The climate of Mandi is composite having hot summers and cold winters. Mandi generally experiences rainfalls during end of summer season. Mandi city falls in the lower most climatic zone of the Himalayas. These regions enjoys a Wet-sub temperate climate of the foot hills (450-900m) as against the Dry-cold alpine climate with snow fall at higher altitudes (2400- 4800mts). Temperatures typically range from 6.7 °C (44.06 °F) to 39.6 °C (103.28 °F) over the course of a year. The average temperature during summer is between 18.9 °C (66.02 °F) and 39.6 °C (103.28 °F), and between 6.7 °C (44.06 °F) and 26.2 °C (79.16 °F) in winter.