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Rewalsar is a small town and a Nagar Panchayat in Mandi district in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an elevation of 1360 meters above from sea level.
The local name for Rewalsar is Trisangam. The famous Rawalsar lake (‘Tso Pema’ to Tibetans) is associated with Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche), who is recognized as a second Buddha.
One version of a legend has it that the King Arashadhar of Mandi had Padmasambhava burnt alive after rumours that the Guru had attempted to teach his daughter the Dharma, which was not accepted then.
The pyre burned for a full week, with great clouds of black smoke arising from it, but after a week, a lake appeared at the spot where he was burnt and Padmasambhava manifested himself as a 16-year-old boy from within a lotus in the middle of the lake.
The king, repenting his actions, married his daughter with Padmasambhava. It was from Tso Pema that Padmasambhava went to Tibet to spread Vajrayana Buddhism.
In the Rewalsar town there are many Buddhist monastery and statue as well as Hindu temples and a small zoo. The tourist places in Rewalsar are Rewalsar Lake, Statue of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), Naina Mata temple and Rewalsar Zoo. These tourist places are very popular and famous attractions in the town.
It is well connected to Mandi by a motorable road and is about 25 km from Mandi, 190 Km approximately from Chandigarh and 440 Km from Delhi by road journey.
Nearest airport is Bhuntar in Kullu (Around 105 Km) and Chandigarh airport around 220 Km.
The nearest broad Gage Rail track is Chandigarh and narrow Gage track at Joginder Nagar in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.