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My favourite destination is Emaho Cafe. It is a one stop shop for all your needs. One can sit here and enjoy various tea and coffee drinks. The cafe also sells items like incense sticks, herbal soaps & shampoos, oils, hand bags, post-cards, t-shirts as well as some traditional Tibetan clothing that is made of good quality cotton.The best part is the price here is fixed and all the proceedings directly go to the monastery funds or monks welfare.Best time to visitThough the lake holds high spirits throughout the year. The Sisu fair held in late February/early march, and the festival of Baisakhi are important events at Rewalsar.If lucky the lake can be seen wearing the white snow blanket during the winters.StayOne can find good number of cheap and medium range hotels and guest house.How to reachVia Air: The nearest airport at Bhuntar (Kullu) is 59 km.Via Rail:The broad-gauge railhead is at Pathankot at a distance of 210 km. From Pathankot the narrow gauge railway connects Joginder Nagar, 56 km from Mandi.Via Road: From Delhi one can drive directly to Mandi via Chandigarh and Bilaspur, the distance is around 450 km. The drive takes around 10 hours. Luxury / Volvo coaches from Delhi and Shimla bound for Kullu – Manali travel via Mandi.From Mandi one can go via Nerchowk or via Randhara. From Nerchowk one needs to hit the Nerchowk-Una State Highway – 32 and take a turn at Kalkhar and hit the MDR. A short five kilometer drive will land you in Rewalsar or so called Tso Pema where you are welcomed by a huge statue of Lord Padamsabhava at the entrance itself.May the peace and harmony of this place live long. EMAHO!
The lake is very calm and Padmasambhav statue stands out once a person gets a closer look around the place. Lake is surrounded by temples and monasteries around it. A big trishul at a temple is also visible from a distance. One can try to visit a dave which is near Naina Devi temple - a ride by a local bus possible but do check timings from Mandi station and from local people once you reach Rewalsar. One can also try a few dishes at Emaho Cafe just at the entrance of the lake.
The narrative behind the historical town of Rewalsar is the mythical story of Guru Padmasambhava who is recognised as the second Buddha. Legends believe that the famous Rewalsar Lake (Tso Pema to Tibetans) appeared where Padmasambhava was burnt alive, who then reincarnated as a 16-year-old boy from a lotus in the lake. It was from Rewalsar that Guru Padmasambhava went on to spread the message of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet. The two main monasteries here are Drikung Kadyud Gompa and Tso-Pema Ogyen Heru-kai Nyingmapa Gompa. The small hill-town is also identified by the massive statue of Padmasmabhava, which is 123ft tall.Where to eat: The Emaho Cafe is popular for its delicious breakfast menu, coffee and tea served with a great view of the lake. Another popular cafe, Kora Community Cafe, is located near Hotel Lotus Lake. Also check out Bogchi Cafe for some classic dishes while you are here.Where to stay: Both Drikung Kadyud and Nygmapa Gompas have guesthouses in their premises. The Lotus Lake Hotel is run by Ziggar Monastery and has decent rooms with a lovely view of the lake. Also check out the Himachal Tourism-run The Tourist Inn for slightly fancier options.