Famous for housing the second largest statue in India, Rewalsar Lake is about 24 km from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh.
The lake lies on a mountain spur protected by a variety of dense vegetation and is known for its floating islands of reed. It is believed that all of them can be moved by prayer or breeze.
The place is held sacred by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. Legend has it that sage Padmasambhava used tantric powers to take flight from Rewalsar to Tibet to preach Buddhism. His spirit is said to reside in the tiny islands of floating reed that drifts over the water.
It also has a gurudwara that was built in 1930 by Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi. Rewalsar has three Hindi temples which are dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and to the sage Lomas. There are three Buddhist monasteries at Rewalsar.
It is in Rewalsar that the sage Lomas did penance in devotion to Lord Shiva.
The forest department of Rewalsar maintains a small zoo which is also worth visiting. The Sisu fair held in late February to March and the festival of Baisakhi are important events at Rewalsar.
The unending sparkling beauty of the lake and its surrounding is breathtaking