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Rewalsar Lake, Mandi
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Rewalsar Lake, or Tso Pema Lotus Lake, is a mid-altitude lake located on a mountain spur in Mandi district, 22.5 km south-west from Mandi. Its elevation is about 1,360 m above sea level.The lake is shaped like a square with the shoreline of about 735 m. It is held as a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists alike. With water, woodland and high hills, it presents a variety of natural beauty.There are three Buddhist monasteries at Riwalsar. The lake also has three Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and to the sage Lomas. Another holy lake, Kunt Bhyog which is about 1,750 m above sea level lies above Rewalsar. It 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. Known to the Tibetans as 'Guru Rinpoche', the Precious Master, it was under Padmasambhava's influence that Mahayana Buddhism spread over Tibet. There are islands of floating reed on Rewalsar lake and the spirit of Padmasambhava is said to reside in them. It is here that the sage Lomas did penance in devotion to Lord Shiva, and the Sikh guru Gobind Singh (22 December 1666 – 7 October 1708), the tenth Guru of Sikhism, also resided here for one month.
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  • It was with great difficulty that included a visit to the complex on Lake Rawalsar in the usual tourist route, but not a minute not regretted it. Holy lakes in the Himalayas, this one with its legends and fairy tales. But it is worth visiting the Lake people interested in Buddhism. A huge statue of guru Padmasabhavy rises above the Lake and the surrounding area. Worth the climb to the statue and watch from there to the town and the Lake. It is worth to visit the cave Padmasabhavy, pray there if you wish. You can enter the Sikh Temple and Tibetan monasteries. In General, there can be usefully and spend the whole day. Recommend!
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  • Ideal for a 1 day visit from Mandi. Buses run from mandi every half hour to Rewalsar. Best visited in winters and evenings. Small but commercialized place. Lots of Buddhist and Hindu temples.. 
  • The Rewalsar lake is a revered spot and hence a pilgrimage stop for practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. The ambiance and atmosphere of the lake is hence reflective of the purpose and intent of its visi...  more »