Rewalsar

A magical escape

Statue of Guru Padmasambhaba beside the Lake. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Statue of Guru Padmasambhaba beside the Lake. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

The winding hilly road from Nerchowk in Mandi proceeds through dense green vegetation on both the sides with sudden gushing of cascading waterfalls   ultimately leading you to an exquisitely beautiful, natural, emerald-green lake surrounded by mountains.This is Rewalsar, the most revered place in Himachal Pradesh for the Hindus, the Sikhs and the Buddhists.

Waterfall on the way to Rewalsar. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Waterfall on the way to Rewalsar. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

How to reach

Situated at a distance of just 24kms from Mandi and 227 kms from Chandigarh in Himachal Pradesh,this sacred place is a divine destination for the pilgrims and a magical escape for the nature lovers.

About Rewalsar 

Rewalsar is a small holy tourist spot encompassing a beautiful lake.This Rewalsar Lake, or Tso Pema Lotus Lake, is a mid-altitude lake located on a mountain spur in Mandi district, at an altitude of 1306 mts from the sea level.
The lake is square shaped surrounded  with dense green woodland and high hills with three Buddhist monasteries,  three Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Krishna,  Lord Shiva and to the sage Lomas and a Gurudwara all co-existing around this pristine lake in peaceful harmony.

Mythology

Rewalsar is associated with the escape of ‘Pandavas’ from the burning palace of wax—an episode from the epic Mahabharata. It was from here that the great Indian teacher and `Tantric` Padmasambhava left for Tibet. There are islands of floating reed on Rewalsar lake and the spirit of Padmasambhava is said to reside in them.

Rewalsar. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Rewalsar. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Rewalsar Lake. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Rewalsar Lake. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Where to stay

The Hptdc hotel “Tourist Inn” is ideally built just facing the lake.On the left hand side of the hotel is the old Buddhist monastery with a gigantic gorgeous statue of Guru Padmasambhava standing erect amidst the small residential buildings of the Buddhist monks.There are a few hotels, a couple of eateries, a few shops and a bus stand at Rewalsar.

Things to do

You can simply sit on the hotel balcony gazing at the tranquil lake or stroll around the lake occasionally feeding the large fishes swimming in the Lake or meditate amidst such spiritual ambiance. After spending a couple of days and feeling rejuvenated you can move towards other serene places in the Kullu Valley.

For your Soul Safar to Rewalsar feel free to contact us at indira@soulsafar.in. We will be happy to guide you.

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