BANDLI SANCTUARY Location: 7-km from Sunder Nagar Town, Mandi District Speciality: Chir Pheasant & Snow Leopard Best Season: May to October This sanctuary is situated in district Mandi and is 7-kms away from Sunder Nagar Town. It is heavily disturbed sanctuary with a small population of Chir pheasant and Leopard. The area was earlier a protected forest. Other wildlife found over here includes Himalayan Black Bear, common Palm Civet, Barking Deer, Goral, Indian hare, Rhesus Macaque .HOW TO GET THERE Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar about 57 km from Mandi. Rail: The broad gauge railhead is at Pathankot, a distance of 210-km. From Pathankot the narrow gauge railway connects Joginder Nagar, which is 55-km from Mandi. Road: Mandi is well connected by road to other places. The main bus stand is just above an open playing field, where the National Highway- 21 continues along the left bank of river to Pandoh. PLACES TO STAY The town has many hotels but the place to stay is ramshackle Raj Mahal, overlooking the Town Square is a period-furnished palace with a good restaurant. For a bit more comfort try Evening Plaza, Vyas GuestHouse and the Arayan Bungalow.
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