Mandi is often referred to as the "Varanasi of Hills" or "Choti Kashi" or "Kashi of Himachal" as there are 81 temples in Mandi whereas 80 temples are there in Kashi (Banaras).
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.