One of the best-kept secrets of Himachal Pradesh, Rewalsar is a great place for those looking for some peace. It is located away from the hustle-bustle of city life. Most people come for a day or two and are not sure what to do when they are here. But you may find the atmosphere, energy, and holy sites entice you into staying a few days longer. It is a great place to let go of the tensions of travelling, connect with a sense quiet inside as well as outside, and discover something new about India, about yourself, about what’s really real in the world.
- Rewalsar is a small town and a pilgrimage place in Mandi district in India. It is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
- Rewalsar is located at an altitude of 1360 metres above sea-level.
- Lying in the Southern Himalayan belt, winters can be freezing, while summers are generally pleasant. So the best time to visit is from March to October.
- Mobile network connectivity is great in Rewalsar, but Jio and Airtel are preferred and suggested network operators as Jio is good for data whereas airtel for calling.
- Rewalsar holds sacred importance for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. Hence, the town is also known as Tri Sangam.
- The local language used in Rewalsar is Hindi and address the people as “Bhaiji”.
- Places to visit in Rewalsar and nearby area are four monasteries (two Tibetan and two Bhutanese) A huge statue of the Guru Rimpoche overlooks the lake. The statue is in a meditating pose and offers calm to anyone who sees it. It is believed that Rewalsar is the site from where the Tibetan religious leader Padmasambhava started his journey for Tibet. He is also known as Guru Rimpoche and legend states that he flew to Tibet by using his tantric powers. Locals say that the spirit of Guru Rimpoche resides on the islands of Lake Rewalsar. The statue is 123 feet high and is the second tallest statue in Himachal built at a height of 4000 feet above sea level. There are several caves above the Lake Rewalsar where saints can be seen meditating.
- People always walk clockwise in the city, around the lake as its believed as good karma to walk clockwise.
- There are regular buses from the Mandi bus stand, or you can take a taxi, which should cost about Rs. 600 approx. Travel to Rewalsar from Mandi should take about 1-1.5 hours. Regular bus service is also available from other towns of Himachal Pradesh such as Hamirpur, Kullu, Nerchowk, Manali, Sunder Nagar and Sarkaghat.
- The food in Rewalsar is decent, with a modest selection of restaurants, many places serving both Indian and Tibetan food, and a smattering of Chinese dishes as well. Few suggested local restaurants are Kora Community Café, Emaho! Café, Guru’s Feet Coffee Shop, Indian food Dhabas on the market road near the bus stand, Tibetan Restaurant, etc.
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