Situated at a height of 1360m above sea-level, Rewalsar Lake is located at a distance of 24 km from the city of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. A square shaped like lake is surrounded by mountain spur and dense vegetation. It appears like a dark jewel nestling between the high hills of Indian Himalayas. Apart from the scenic beauty of the lake, the spot is also famous among the Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists pilgrims, so it attracts a mix of pilgrims of all faiths.
For Tibetan Buddhists, Rewalsar is one of the places visited by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) on his mission to spread the dharma, while for Sikhs it’s associated with the life of Guru Gobind Singh. There are also a couple of Hindu temples dedicated to Krishna and Shiva.
This odd religious mix gives the place a great atmosphere – turbaned Punjabis rub shoulders with the occasional sadhu and the scenery is dotted with three major Buddhist gompas.
This lake is famous for its floating islands of reed. According to the myths, it is believed that all the seven of the reeds can be moved by breeze or prayer.
The Rewalsar Lake is lies in the hollow of a mountain and is considered as a holy lake to all the three communities.
Boating rides are arranged for the tourists in the Rewalsar Lake.
There’s some sacred caves to visit up in the hills (the view’s great from up there) and a wildlife reserve with a couple of Himalayan black bears but not much more. If wandering round the lake, feeding the fish, sitting in on a pooja and generally just enjoying the peace and quiet is enough for you, though, you’ll be fine.
PLACES OF INTEREST
MONASTERIES: At opposite ends of the lake there are two Tibetans monasteries. The Bhutanese also have one.
GURUDWARA: 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.
TEMPLE: At Rewalsar there are three Hindu temples. These are dedicated to the sage Lomas, Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva.
MINI ZOO: The forest department maintains a small zoo at Rewalsar. Above Rewalsar, Seven Lakes are also of interest.
How to reach Rewalsar Lake
This lake is at a distance of 23 KM from Mandi and it will take one hour to reach the lake. The condition of the road passing through the hills is good. This road passes through many villages and small towns. After visit to Lake if you are not returning to Mandi then you can travel towards Ner Chowk ( 20 KM ) to join Manali – Shimla road ( towards Shimla or Chandigarh ) NH 21 and proceed towards Sundernagar. From Manali – Kullu side you can take turn at Mandi ( 23 KM ). Taxi may take around Rs 1500/- from Mandi.
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar ( 80 KM ) near Kullu. Taxi may take around Rs 1500/- from Mandi.
By rail you can travel upto Chandigarh , upto Kalka or Shimla.
In winter, temperatures can hover around freezing point when heavy woollens are required. During summer, the climate is hot and cottons are recommended.