In tourism, Shimla dominates southern Himachal, and Manali, the north-central part of the state. Similarly, Chamba and Kangra are the main attractions in the north-west, and Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti in the north-east. Mandi, one of Himachal Pradesh's oldest large towns in the central region, lying at a relatively low altitude, and now often showing the ills of crowding and congestion, is not much sought after by people from outside the state, who quickly pass through it on their way to Manali. For the people of Himachal though, it is one of their holiest places. Close by and within the Mandi district, and relatively high up in comparison to Mandi, at an altitude of 2730 m, are also the uniquely beautiful lake and temple of Parasher. So if you are in Shimla, and have a weekend to spare, think of a trip to Mandi and Parashar, and you will have seen one of Himachal's lesser-known but surprisingly beautiful and enjoyable travel-worthy regions. The Mandi district has more to offer, like Rewalsar, which will need a travel blog of its own. So you can treat this trip and the blog as an introduction, an invitation to explore central Himachal more fully.
Day 1: Shimla-Mandi-Parashar