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The state of Himachal Pradesh is a paradise for nature lovers. Tourists arriving at Himachal Pradesh would have a busy schedule as there is a lot to do and see. On one hand, the temples, monasteries and forts stand testimony to a rich cultural and historical heritage. On the other, you would be thrilled at the natural beauty of the valleys, mountains, springs, passes, lakes, waterfalls as well as wildlife destinations of this state. The attractive lakes of Himachal Pradesh stand out as a favorite destination for tourists coming here. Out of the many lakes in Himachal Pradesh, one which is quite famous is the Rewalsar Lake. Rewalsar Lake is positioned at an elevation of 1360 m in the district of Mandi. It is 24 kms from the town of Mandi.

Rewalsar Lake is square in shape having a shoreline measuring 735 m. This lake has dense vegetation in its surrounding. This lake has got certain legends attached to it. According to one legend, this lake was founded when king Arshadhara of Zahor punished saint Padmasambhava and his own daughter. The saint was said to be burnt alive in an isolated place. A smoke cover surrounded the place for about a week.

Being surprised by this unusual event, the king came to the place himself. He was taken aback to find a lake at the location. Realizing his mistake, the king apologized to saint Padmasambhava and married his daughter to him. Since then, Rewalsar Lake has become a religious place for Buddhists. The Hindus too hold this lake sacred based on their own beliefs.

According to another legend, it is believed that Mahayana Buddhism became a steady force in Tibet at Rewalsar due to the enormous power of Padmasambhava, often called by the name of Guru Rimpoche. People believe that Padmasambhava's spirit exists in the small land mass of floating reed that exists over the water of Rewalsar Lake.

Apart from visiting Rewalsar Lake, you may also drop in to see three Buddhist monasteries housed at Rewalsar and three Hindu temples devoted to Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna and the sage Lomas. A small zoo maintained close to the lake is also worth a visit.

So, book yourself for a tour to Himachal Pradesh and drop by Rewalsar Lake. You would surely love the scenic beauty of the place and won’t regret your decision of coming here.