About Rawalsar

Rawalsar is a nagar panchayat in Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. It is also known as Trisangam. It is famous for its Rewalsar lake. The town has abundance of natural beauty with water, woodland and high hills. It is also a sacred place for Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. Padmasabhava, the great Indian teacher and tantric, left for Tibet from Rewalsar. He is famous as Guru Rimpoche - the Precious Master in Tibet. Padmasambahava's influence led to the spread of Mahayana Buddhism over Tibet. It is believed that the spirit of Padmasabhava resides in the islands of floating reed on Rewalsar Lake. The sage Lomas did penance in devotion to Lord Shiva in Rewalsar, and the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh lived here for some time. This all makes Rewalsar a famous tourist spot among devotees of Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Also it is quite famous among people looking out for a relaxation time amidst natural beauty.

About Rawalsar
12 m high statue of Padmasabhava

Demography of Rawalsar

According to the census of 2001 the total population of Rewalsar is 1369 with Males constituting 54% of the population and females constituting 46% of the total population. The average literacy rate is 76% with male literacy of 78%, and female literacy of 73%. 12% of the population is under 6 years of age in Rewalsar.

Geography of Rawalsar

Rewalsar is at an altitude of 1360 m above sea level. It is about 25 km from Mandi. Rawalsar lies in the Southern Himalayan belt. The temperature drops down to freezing point in winters. Heavy woolens are required during this period. The temperature is mild during summers and light woolens/cottons are recommended. It is a perfect place to run away from the scorching heat of plains of northern India.

Religion followed in Rawalsar

The main religions followed in Rewalsar are Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Near to Rawalsar are the seven mythological lakes associated with the Pandavas of Mahabharata. It also has a very famous Krishna temple. Rawalsar has its mention in hindu’s book “Sakand Puran”. According to the book Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati blessed a Rishi named Lomus by telling the secrets of the place where he meditated. This place on the banks of a lake with beautiful trees, flowers and birds. The secret states that all the Devatas and Ganas are present in that place in the form of flowers, floating lands and trees.

Sikhism

Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of Sikhs visited Rawalsar to seek the support of its King against Aurangzeb. A gurudwara is built at Rawalsar by Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi in 1930 to commemorate the Guru's visit. Namdhari Sikhs consider Rewalsar more sacred due to its mention in Sau Sakhi as a sanctuary.

Buddhism

The famous Rawalsar lake is associated with Padmasambhava who is said to be second Buddha. Some people say that king of Mandi had had burnt Padmasambhava alive after rumours that he attempted to teach his daughter the Dharma not accepted by the king. The pyre burned for a full week and after a week a lake appeared at that spot and Padmasambhava manifested himself as a 16-year-old boy coming out from a lotus in the middle of the lake. The king, then married his daughter with Padmasambhava. Padmasambhava later went to Tibet to spread Vajrayana Buddhism.
The Tsechu fair is held after every 12 years to celebrate the birthday of Padmasambhava. In 2004 when this fair was last held, it was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and was attended by Urgyen Trinley Dorje Karmapa. The two Buddhist monestaries, the Drikung Kadyud Gompa and Tso-Pema Ogyen Heru-kai Nyingmapa Gompa are located here.

Tourist Attractions in Rawalsar

Rewalsar Lake : It is one of the very famous lake in Rewalsar with a maximum depth of 6.5 metres. It is rectangular in shape, with a catchment area in north and west.

Monasteries : The two Buddhist monestaries, the Drikung Kadyud Gompa and Tso-Pema Ogyen Heru-kai Nyingmapa Gompa are located at opposite ends of the. It also has one Bhutanese monastery.

Gurudwara : Raja Joginder Sen of Mandi built this gurudwara in 1930 by to commemorates Guru Gobind Singh's visit.

Temple : There are three famous Hindu temples dedicated to the sage Lomas, Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva.

Mini Zoo : The forest department has maintained a small zoo at Rewalsar which also attracts a number of tourists.

Seven Lakes: Near to Rawalsar are the seven mythological lakes associated with the Pandavas of Mahabharata

Big bell and 123 ft. (37.5 m) statue of Padmasambhava in Rawalsar are also famous tourist spots here.

Shopping in Rawalsar

Rawalsar is a small town in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is very famous tourist spot and a well-known sacred place for Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. This small place with a small population has a very less requirement. Keeping in mind the requirements of the city there are only few shops which are sufficient in fulfilling the demands of the residents of the town and its tourists.
Rawalsar is not a very good place to shop around. There is not much one can find here. It is advisible to buy things from monasteries stores where good quality stuff can be bought at a very reasonable price and the amount can be used for the monasteries development. The stuff can be bought without bargaining as they are all fixed price shops. Some of the good shops here are Emaho cafe where one can get oils, soaps, incense, notebooks, and some traditional Tibetan clothing.

The Nyingma Gompa another good shop here sells blessed colored strings and juniper incense which is used in the big smoky incense burners to “cleanse” buildings. Towards the Tibetan side of town near Mandarava's cave, sell quality Tibetan items like dorjes, bells, clothing, singing bowls, kataks and other Tibetan trinkets. There are few shops selling Kullu shawls and scarves. To get a hands on some good books, look out for Guru's Feet Coffee Shop in Hindu Temple area next to the Shiva Temple, they also sell Indian handicrafts and gifts as well. Tibetan market, Hindu temple area, Main market are few good stop overs for shopping in Rawalsar.

Garment Shops in Rawalsar

Rawalsar is a small town. There are few good shops selling good quality clothes. One can find traditional Tibetan clothes in Tibetan market. In Rewalsar one can also get Kullu shawls and scarves. In this fashion dominated world people of Rewalsar still have a simple lifestyle and dressing style. The town has a very less population. The quality of clothes sold here are of very good quality. The shops here sell garments at very reasonable price. The shops here are fixed price shops and there is no or very less scope of bargaining. Here is a list of readymade garment stores in Rawalsar.

Sanjeev Footwear & Cloth House
Address - Rewalsar, Mandi - 175023
Phone Number - +(91)-9418131355, 9857856025

Manak Cloth House
Address - Main Bazar, Rewalsar, Mandi - 175023

General Stores in Rawalsar

General stores are the stores that sell all the goods that are used in every household. These stores are most in demand in any city or town. Rawalsar being a very small town, has only few general stores which are capable of fulfilling the demand of the whole city. The tourist’s paradise have many small shops that are not much known of. The Tibetan market has shops selling goods used by Tibetan people. These stores sell bakery product, grocery items, confectionaries, toiletries etc. The town being a scared place of different religion have a good demand of mythological goods. Here is a list of general stores in Rawalsar.

Reena General Store
Address - 20, Gada Gusain, Near Hanuman Mandir , Mandi Road, Rewalsar, Mandi - 175023
Phone Number - +(91)-1905-229028

Sharma General Stores
Address - V.P.O. Rewalsar, Mandi, Distt. Mandi H.P., Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh

Sweet Shops in Rawalsar

There are few sweet stores in Rawalsar. The town which is a host of many religious activities, has a good demand for sweets. Though the different religions prefer their variant of sweets. A different sweet suits the taste buds of Tibetan, Hindus prefer different type of sweets and so on. Sweets are a very important part of Indians life. They are the best gift if we visit to our friends and relatives, an essential part to end every meal. And a very important part of all religious rituals. Here is a list of sweet stores in Rawalsar.

Sharma Sweet Shop
Address - A-01, Rawalsar Mandi Road, Near Government Senior Secondary School , Bhangrotu, Rewalsar, Mandi – 175023
Phone Number - +(91)-1905-242033

Transport in Rawalsar

Bhuntar is the nearest airport with a distance of around 63 km from Mandi.The closest railway station is Kiratpur with a distance of 125 km from the town of Mandi. Rewalsar is at a distance of 24 km by road from Mandi. Taxis and buses are readily available between the two points.

Rewalsar at a glance

Country : India
State : Himachal Pradesh
District : Mandi
Elevation : 1,360 m (4,460 ft)
Languages
• Official : Hindi
Time zone : IST (UTC+5:30)


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