Rewalsar is a small as well as religious town built around the Lake Rewalsar in a Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The town is located at an altitude of approx 4,460 feet above the sea level.Vast, apparently unending and sparking blue, the Rewalsar lake on a sunny day is a rare beauty. The lake remains calm all year round and truly comes to life when the mercury rises during the stifling summer. The place is surrounded by rugged mountains on all four sides and it is around 22.5 km and away from Mandi and lake himself is very unique as shape of the lake is square in shape and sprawls over an area of 735 m.
The most unique thing about the lake is it is well known as the sacred lakes of Himachal Pradesh, Rewalsar Lake is revered by the people of different religions- Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist. Tibetan Buddhist calls it by the name of Tso-Pema which means the lotus lake.
About the formation of Lake
Local resident believe that the legend has it that the king of Mandi tried to kill Guru Padmasambhava when he got to know that his daughter Mandarava is running off with him. The king tried to ruin their love by cursing them to die in a fire. He has some supernatural powers, by using these supernatural powers Padmasambhava transformed the funeral pyre into a lake of sesame oil, lake is surrounded by a ring of fire. In the middle of the fire bloomed a huge lotus flower on which Guru Padmasambhava was seated surrounded by rainbows and clouds. People even say that the Guru Padmasambhava's (Guru Rinpoche) spirit resides in this lake in the form of a tiny reed flowing in the river. Overlooking the lake, there is a 12 m-high statue of Padmasambhava, which is the main attraction of the place among the residents
Nearby attraction of place
When you are planning to visit the lake don’t leave the place by visiting temples nearby the lake dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and the sage Lomas where number of people came to worship every day. The lake is also home to the Drikung Kagyu Gompa which is an academy for Buddhist studies and houses a Sakyamuni statue. Beyond that there is a Gurudwara dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhism. The Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara was built in 1930 to honor Guru Gobind Singh ji's visit in 1738 to Rewalsar.
Other major pilgrimage sites nearby to the lake are Padmasambhava Cave, Zigar Drukpa Kagyud Institute, Naina Devi Temple, Jigar Monastery, Drikung Kagyud Gompa Kunt Bhyog and six other lakes which are associated with an epic episode of Mahabharata where an attempt was made to kill 'Pandavas' in the palace of wax. Every year, the place shrugs off its calm during the months of the Sisu and Baisakhi festival. If a tourist wants to step away from the city for a quiet getaway, then they must include Rewalsar Lake in their Himachal tour guide.
Must Do things
If you are planning to visit the town don’t even think to visit before you do the things like taking a walk around the lake, feeding the fish, most important having an afternoon meal in the Gurudawara serve as a langar a delicious food is being served.
Avoid feeding monkey since they create a nuisance.
Where to stay ?
The most important question comes to everyone mind when planning for a trip is where we would stay so during your trip to Rewalsar you need not to worry as the accommodation facility in Rewalsar is very nice as the best monastery guest house with all standard of room providing neat and clean rooms. Also can also stay at Hotel and resort according to your budget.
Where to eat?
When you are in Rewalsar you need not to worry about the food as there are many local dhabas who serve food at economical cost located around the bus stop. Also you can have your delicious lunch in Gurudwara. Also hotel and resort serve food for their guests. One thing you can’t miss or return before you taste filtered coffee and a variety of tea.
Best time to Visit
Best time to visit the village is March to May and September to December as rest of month there is heavy rainfall and in winters would be colder than other destination.
Rewalsar is a kind of the place which is an ideal place to unwind and connect with nature and your spiritual side by spending a 1-2 days in a town not amaze if you spend more than 1-2 days as the beauty of the place is magnificent.