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Rewalsar in Himachal Pradesh

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Located on a montain 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 and the spot is sacred for Hindus, Buddists and Sikhs. It was from here that the great Indian teacher and the tantric Padmasabhava left for Tibet.

Known to the Tibetans as Guru Rimpoche, the Previous Master. It was under Padmasambahava's influence that Mahayana Buddhism spread over Tibet. There are islands of floating reed on the Rewalsar lake and the spirit of Padmasabhava is said to reside in them. It is here that Sage Lomas did penance in devotion of Lord Shiva and the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh also resided here for one month.



Places to see

Monasteries
There are two Tibetan monastries on the opposite side of the lake. The Bhutanese also have a monastry here.

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 atrategy with the hill rural against the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

Temple
At Rewalsar there are three Hindu temples. These are dedicated to the Sage Lomas, to Lord Krishna and to Lord Shiva.

Mini Zoo
The forest department maintains a small zoo at Rewalsar. Above Rewalsar the seven lakes are also of interest but at present only three lakes are existing.



Shopping


Behind HPTDC hotel is a local market for mithai fruits, vegetables and hand-made shoes.
 
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Himachal Pradesh
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Capital city - Shimla
Ideal time to Visit - March to June.
Spring (May/June)- You would get lots of snow but roads are at worst, lots and lots of tourists and obviously a costly trip with escalated price.
Monsoon (July/Aug) - Ladakh/Lahaul/Spiti is historically there is no rain but traffic is high.
Autumn (Sep/Oct) - Roads are at the best but almost no snow enroute. Weatherwise I like this season personally the most, the weather after monsoon recedes remain crystal clear with least haze/dust/mist and gives excellent visibility for watching peaks.
Winter (Nov-April) - At your own risk without any tourists, excellent bargain and budget trip is likely. Also for special interest tours like say Chaddar trek of Zanskar, this is the time to go.
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How to reach

By Air - Bhuntar is the nearest airport to Rewalsar, which is 73 km away. Mandi is 24 kms from Rewalsar
By Train -  Kiratpur is the nearest railway station to Mandi, which is nearly 150 km away
By Road - Rewalsar is located at an altitude of 1360 m above sea level. Rewalsar is 24 kms from Mandi. Taxis and buses are available from Mandi.


 
 
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