The Rewalsar (altitude 1350 M) a small village and a Buddhist pilgrimage center on the mountain slope amidst lush green woodland with a heart shaped sacred lake is at a distance of 25 KM south-south-west of Mandi town. It is held as a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists alike. There are three Buddhist monasteries at Rewalsar. Rewalsar has three Hindu temples which are dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and to the sage Lomas.
The scenic beauty including beautiful lake, mountains, wood land, hills etc is awesome to find in Rewalsar. There are seven floating islands on Rewalsar Lake, which is an amazing experience for visitors. It is also very famous as a religious spot for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhist.
Places to visit in Rawalsar
The sacred lake –
The Tsopema festival – takes place every 12 years. Last occurrence was in 2004. It falls on the auspicious 10th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan lunar calendar and it is celebrated as the birthday of Guru Padma Sambhava (“The Lotus Born” Guru) who was supposedly born in the monkey year.
Temples: There are three sacred Hindu temples dedicated to the sage Lomas, Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna.
The Mini zoo –
Trekking in Rawalsar – Two hours Trekking to Naina Devi temple is an enjoyable experience. On way there are many Buddhist caves and lakes.
How to reach Rawalsar
By Air – The closest airport from Manali is Bhuntar, which is around 63 km from the town of Mandi.
By Rail – The closest railhead is in Kiratpur which 125 km away from the town of Mandi. By Road Rewalsar is 24 km by road from Mandi. Taxis and buses are available at Mandi.
By Road – From Mandi, there is a road that goes up the mountains and reaches Rewalsar.