Rewalsar lake, Himachal Pradesh
Located on a mountain spur, an hour`s drive from
Mandi brings you to this dark jewel like lake. With water, woodland
and high hills, it presents a variety of natural beauty. The spot is
sacred for Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. It was from here that the
great Indian teacher and `Tantric` Padmasabhava left for Tibet. Known
to the Tibetans as Guru Rimpoche, the Precious Master, it was under
Padmasambahava`s influence that Mahayana Buddhism spread over Tibet.
There are islands of floating reed on Rewalsar lake and the spirit of
Padmasabhava is said to reside in them. It is here that the sage Lomas
did penance in devotion to Lord Shiva, and the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh
also resided here for one month.
The Sisu fair held in late February/early march, and the festival of Baisakhi are important events at Rewalsar.
This gurudwara was built in 1930 by Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi. It commemorates Guru Gobind Singh's visit, when he sought to evolve a common strategy with the hill rulers against the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb
The forest department maintains a small zoo at Rewalsar. Above Rewalsar, the 'Seven Lakes' are also of interest.
At opposite ends of the lake there are two Tibetan monasteries. The Bhutanese also have one.
At Rewalsar there are three Hindu temples. These are dedicated to the sage Lomas, to Lord Krishna and to Lord Shiva.
The closest airport from Manali is Bhuntar, which is around 63 km from the town of Mandi.
The closest railhead is in Kiratpur which 125 km away from the town of Mandi.
Rewalsar is 24 km by road from Mandi. Taxis and buses are available at Mandi.