Tso Pema Monastery
The magical sounds of OM MANI PADME HUM and turning the prayer wheels in the monasteries is surely going to give you mental peace and heal your wounds. The Buddhist monks can be seen learning the dharma and insightful teachings of the Buddha.Cycling:You can hire bicycles at economical rates and roam around the lake and the Himalayas testing your muscular power.Eat:Almost all the variety of dishes are available in the restaurants or dhabas here in Rewalsar. The popularities are the Tibetan momos, thukpa and chowmien which one can get in both veg and non veg. The aroma is sure to leave your mouth-watering.Shop:You can pick up Indian handicrafts, sovereigns and Tibetan items from local shops. The most popular attractions among tourists are shawls, scarves, bells, dorjes, Tibetan trinkets and clothing.
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.