Victoria Bridge, Mandi

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Mandi in Himachal Pradesh is popularly known as "Choti Kashi" due to its resemblance with Kashi. The famous Victoria Bridge of here links Purani Mandi and Mandi town. The majestic ruler of Mandi, Raja Vijay Singh built this mesmerizing bridge with the help of Britishers in 1877. The Bridge reminds the hanging Victoria Bridge on Thames River. It is like stylistic Jhulla bridges but surprisingly it can carry small vehicles.[1] However, as this is a value bridge to Government of Himachal Pradesh, CM Jairam Thakur in 2019 built and inaugurated another bridge named Bhuli bridge (on Beas river) to bypass the traffic and load from Victoria bridge and keep this beauty operational for years.[2]

In 2020, a majestic thanksgiving ceremony was organized by Himachal Pradesh Government's Mandi branch, Mandi council and National Culture Fund. The Bridge was decorated with flowers and carpets and a worshipping "yagna" ceremony was offered. This gentle gesture was done to show respect to the Majestic bridge which suffered so much onslaughts of river flood but stood tall and gave service for 142 years. The bridge would be maintained and rigorously repaired, assured Ministry, as it is cynosure of Tourism Industry.[3]


  1. ^ "Places of Interest | District Mandi, Government of Himachal Pradesh | India". Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  2. ^ "142 साल पुराने ऐतिहासिक विक्टोरियापुल पर से वाहनों की आवाजाही बंद". Amar Ujala (in Hindi). Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  3. ^ Jan 4, TNN /; 2020; Ist, 07:15. "Mandi salutes 142-yr-old British era bridge | Shimla News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-05-31.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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