Rewalsar attractions

Top Choice Monument in Rewalsar

Statue of Padmasambhava

Dominating Rewalsar's western flank is an enormous, 12m-high statue of Padmasambhava. He's dressed in brown with a gold face setting off his trademark fiercely staring eyes and wisps of moustache and beard. The righ…
Buddhist Site in Rewalsar

Padmasambhava Caves

Padmasambhava reputedly meditated in a location high on the ridge above Rewalsar. The supposed sites are almost 10km by road (bus ₹30, taxi one way/return ₹500/700) but just 1.5km on foot, albeit a steep 1¼ hour wal…
Viewpoint in Rewalsar

Fish Feeding Point

At the lake's southwest corner, visitors gather beneath a Himachal Tourism open pavilion throwing balls of atta (flour) or puffed rice into the water. The result is a seething mass of sacred carp gobbling up the off…
Buddhist Monastery in Rewalsar

Drikung Kagyu Gompa

Painted red and purple, this Tibetan-style Buddhist monastic academy for Buddhist monks has a central temple that features a large, central Sakyamuni statue, with Padmasambhava to the left. It's on the lake's southe…
Hindu Temple in Rewalsar

Hindu Temple Group

Conspicuous by the giant trident rising on the west side of the lake, this group of smallish Hindu temples are dedicated to Krishna and Lakshmi (white, in the street), Shiva (blue, on the left as you walk clockwise)…
Sikh Temple in Rewalsar

Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara

On the northeast side of the lake, this gold-domed Sikh temple was built in the 1930s but commemorates the 10th guru's month-long stay here in 1701 during which he attempted (unsuccessfully) to galvanise the rajas o…
Buddhist Monastery in Rewalsar

Nyingma Monastery

At the lake's southwest corner, this monastery is not Rewalsar's most outwardly attractive, but the prayer hall has artful murals, and at the waterfront hangs a heavy Trvatni Dharma bell designed to last a thousand …
Buddhist Monastery in Rewalsar

Zigar Drukpa Kargyud Institute

A short detour uphill from the lake en route to the giant statue, this three-storey complex is a Buddhist study centre with outsized statues of Tantric protectors in its temple.