About 25 km from Mandi, 14 km from Ner Chownk is the
Rewalsar lake, famous for its floating islands of reed. It
is believed that all seven of them can be moved by prayer
or breeze. There are three shrines here, a Buddhist
Monastery, where elaborate rituals are performed, a Sikh
Gurudwara and a Hindu Temple. It was from this place that
the sage Padma Sambhava, a zealous teacher of Buddhism,
left as a missionary to preach the doctrine of "the
enlightened" in Tibet. Lying in a mountain hollow, the
lake is held sacred to all three communities, boating
facilities are available.
The large hydro-electric project in Jogindernagar is a
living tribute to man he has harnessed and tamed the wild
and roaring river for his betterment.Here an electric
trolley takes the visitor up the steep,rocky face of 2,500
metres-high(8,202 ft) mountain and drops sharply on the
other side to Barot,where the reservoir is located.
The railway line goes up to the power station,the water
rushing down from the reservoir at Barot in the Uhl river
through penstock pipes going down nearly a thousand
metres(3,280 ft). For tourists who go up to Barot by the
trolley there is a comfortable rest house of the
Electricity department.The roads extends beyond to Mandi
and passes the Largi gorge to the Kullu valley.
This lake lies 40 k.m. north of Mandi, with a three
storied pagoda like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar.
Bassi power station is five kilometres from Jogindernagar
and next to it, is Machinhar where fishing is not
permitted as it is considered a sacred spot, but it is a
popular as a feeding spot for fish.
Famous for its temples,26 k.m. from Mandi towards
Shimla and at a height of 1,174 metres on the raised edge
of a fertile valley, the beautiful town of Sundernagar is
known for its shady walks amidst towering trees. On top of
a hill and visited by thousands of devotees every year, is
the Sukhdev Vatika and temple of Mahamaya.
The biggest hydro-electric project in all Asia, the
Beas-Sutlej project, irrigating nearly one-fourth of the
northern plains of India,has brought unprecedented
prosperity to Sudernagar. The Beas-Sutlej link colony is
the biggest colony in Himachal Pradesh.
At a distance of 67 k.m. from Mandi,Janjehli is
a paradise for hikers, offering treks up to a height of
3,300 metres. After covering 32 k.m. by a motorable road
up to Gohar and rest of the journey is on foot. In the
midest of thick forest, forests (15 km from Gohar) is
Bajahi.There is a beautiful and well furnished rest house
to stay overnight, from here Janjehli is a scant 20 km
away through bridle path.