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.
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