Top things to do in Rewalsar

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…
Cafe in Rewalsar

Emaho Bistro

Emaho is Rewalsar's top place for barista-style coffee with picture-perfect lake views from its sunny raised terrace, and a small selection of books to read.
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…
Cafe in Rewalsar

Midpoint Hotel

Climbing to the Padmasambhava Caves, the stairway crosses the road beside this isolated pink house which serves drinks and simple meals with a superb sunrise view across the valley from its open terrace.
Multicuisine in Rewalsar

Kora Community Cafe

On the main strip along the lake's southern shore, tiny little Kora is good for French press Indian coffee (₹55 to ₹100) and paneer-based veggie meals, notably its delicious 'chilli cheese'.
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 …