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Top Choice Monument in Rewalsar Lake

Statue of Padmasambhava

This enormous, 12m-high statue of Padmasambhava, with his trademark fiercely staring eyes, wisps of moustache and beard and right hand in the warding-off-evil mudra (gesture), is now Rewalsar's signature landmark. I…
Cafe in Rewalsar Lake

Emaho Bistro

Has good coffee, good wi-fi, views across the lake and excellent all-day breakfasts, cakes, juices, teas and other snacks and light dishes. What more could you ask for?
Buddhist Site in Rewalsar Lake

Padmasambhava Cave

High above Rewalsar Lake on the ridge, Padmasambhava allegedly meditated here. You can get there on foot (about 1.5km uphill, taking about 1¼ hours, starting up the steps behind the big Padmasambhava statue) or by t…
Buddhist Monastery in Rewalsar Lake

Drikung Kagyu Gompa

The red-and-purple-painted, Tibetan-style Drikung Kagyu Gompa, with its academy for Buddhist monks, stands on the right inside the main entrance arch to the lake from the road. Its temple features a large, central S…
Viewpoint in Rewalsar Lake

Fish Feeding Point

An archway marks the entrance to the lake from the road. Immediately inside is the Fish Feeding Point, where a seething mass of sacred carp gobbles up balls of atta (flour) or puffed rice thrown by visitors, and mon…
Buddhist Monastery in Rewalsar Lake

Tso-Pema Ogyen Heruka Nyingmapa Gompa

Has artful murals, large prayer wheels and bells, and atmospheric afternoon and morning pujas (prayer sessions).
Hindu Temple in Rewalsar Lake

Hindu Temple Group

On the west side of the lake is a group of smallish Hindu temples dedicated to Krishna and Lakshmi (white, in the street), Shiva (blue, on the left as you walk clockwise) and the sage Rishi Lomas (white, on the righ…
Buddhist Monastery in Rewalsar Lake

Zigar Drukpa Kargyud Institute

A short detour uphill from the lake is the three-storey, white Zigar Drukpa Kagyu Institute, a Buddhist study centre with outsized statues of Tantric protectors in its temple.
Sikh Temple in Rewalsar Lake

Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara

On the northeast side of the lake is the gold-domed Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, a Sikh temple built in the 1930s.
Multicuisine in Rewalsar Lake

Kora Community Cafe

Near Hotel Lotus Lake, the Kora is good for coffee, breakfasts and veg thali (₹140).