Tso Pema ( Lotus Lake) Cave
Route: Chandigarh- Barotiwal-Nalagarh-Swarghat- Bilaspur-Sundernagar –dadour –Patha- Rewalsar.
Time: Almost six hours , if you start early.
The cave is 9.4 kms from Rewalsar lake .
Riwalsar is a famous lake near Mandi and attracts lots of Tourists. This Spectacular statue of Swami Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche pushed me to come here, however I could not visit the lake but managed to have a look at the statute from a distance and take this picture.
We came across the cave when we were going to Naina Devi Temple ( Mandi).Instead of visiting the lake , we ended up in the cave. It is said to be one of the secret caves , where Guru Rinpoche ( Padmasambhava ) use to teach tantra to Princess Mandarava daughter of King of Zahor. below is the Statue of Guru Rinpoche inside the cave .
Now it is turned into a Nunnery, which is a home for more than 50 nuns. Holy Flames at Nunnery.
Route: Chandigarh- Barotiwal-Nalagarh-Swarghat- Bilaspur-Sundernagar –dadour –Gutkar –Mandi bus Stand.
59.3 kms fromMandi bus stand.
Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes from Mandi Bus Stand.
The lake is located a height of 2730m above the sea level. This is the view of lake in March but during the month of june & july it is green and in jan & feb its white.
I believe nature has different charm in different seasons, if you agree comment below.
The eye-catching lake is held sacred to sage Prashar . There is around floating island inside the lake which is said to be revolving in all the direction inside the lake.
There is also a 3 tiered pagoda temple which is dedicated to sage Prashar which has beautiful wooden carvings.
Hop on for a mind –boggling experience at weekends.
Bye for now…