buddhist flags lined up along rewalsar lake ona sunny day

Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh, India


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Sacred Town

Rewalsar, is a sacred town located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled in the scenic hills of the Mandi district, this serene destination is revered by Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs alike.

The heart of the town is its sacred lake, Rewalsar Lake. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava miraculously transformed the lake into a lotus, and his spirit is said to reside here.

guru rinpoche statue looking down at rewalsar lake on a cloudy day in the valley

The lake is surrounded by shrines, monasteries, and prayer flags, creating a peaceful and contemplative atmosphere.

Rewalsar is known for its religious and spiritual importance. It is home to a diverse set of religious sites, including Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, and a Sikh gurudwara. The town is believed to be the abode of Guru Padmasambhava, a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism.

Vibrance and Exploration

Apart from its religious sites, Rewalsar offers opportunities for nature walks and exploration. The nearby Kunt Bhyog Monastery and Naina Devi Temple are worth visiting. The town is also known for its annual Tsechu Festival, which features vibrant mask dances, cultural performances, and rituals.

buddhist flags lined up along rewalsar lake ona sunny day

The best time to visit Rewalsar is during the spring and summer months, from April to June and September to November. During this period, the weather is pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), making it ideal for outdoor activities and exploration. Monsoon season, from July to August, brings heavy rainfall, while winters can be quite cold and may limit outdoor activities.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

flightKullu Airport - 66 Kilometers

directions_carMandi - 23 Kilometers via Mandi-Rewalsar Rd

trainKiratpur Sahib Railway Station - 102 Kilometers

guru rinpoche statue as viewed from the lake with himalayas in the background

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