Where to stay?
Heritage Raj Mahal Palace was a part of the royal family of Mandi’s residence but got converted into a hotel for guests in 1982.
Price: Rs 2,500 onwards for two.
What to eat?
The fair will have a lot of local delicacies for you to hog on but don’t forget to eat dhaam (traditional multi-course meals served with rice as a base) and siddu (a bao-like dish made with flour and a paste of walnuts, peanuts, potatoes etc).
The nearest city is Chandigarh. You can even commute from Delhi.
By air: The nearest airport is the Bhuntar Airport in Kullu. You can catch a bus or drive down to Mandi from there.
By train: Himachal doesn’t have a good train network so this step should be skipped.
By road: You can either drive down from Delhi (8 hours) or from Chandigarh (5 hours) to reach Mandi. Or you can get on the many buses that ply regularly from both these places.
All pictures by Harnam Singh.
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