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A short guide to Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh

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Priyanka Dalal

I have been solo traveling in India from the last 3 to 4 years. Mainly around South India I have explored the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu well. In the North I have been to Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Kashmir. 

Most of my trips are long ones from 15 days to 1 month, as I can work virtually off my laptop. So one of my unique speciality would be a long trip where you can work and travel at the same time. It is loads of fun! 

Read more about my travel adventures: travel.priyankawriting.com

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A short guide to Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh

Hi there reader,


I generally don’t write such ‘short guide’ posts because they are so easily available online, except for a few destinations for whatever reasons. Rewalsar is one of them… so here goes for the benefit of my fellow travellers esp solo women because we tend to plan out where we will be staying and general safety!


Rewalsar Lake and Padmasambhava Idol


Rewalsar is a small town around a lake. Lot of Tibetan monasteries, Hindu temples and Sikh gurudwara. In the words of a truck driver I met “people come here to pray”. Even though the lake is quite small, its picturesque especially in the evenings with llamas, tibetan folks walking about with their prayer wheel or beads. Many a times some of them start singing their ethereal mountain songs or prayer songs all of it is just enchanting. And its fairly clean at least by Indian standards!


Stay


Rewalsar

DRIKUNG MONASTERY REWALSAR



There are ample stay options. I would suggest the budget rooms in the monasteries.


Drikung Petsek – to the right just when you enter through the gate. Rooms cost from 150/- to 250/- its very basic but offers a good view of the lake and the Padmasambhava idol!


Nyingmapa Monastery – This monastery has a nice little temple in the courtyard. It offers views of the lake too. They offer varied range of rooms from 250/- to 600/- so people can take their pick!


Contact: 01905-240226


Midway Hotel – There are many hotels in the town but especially for people who want to stay a bit away from the hustle & bustle can stay here. This is about 30 mins by staircase and 10 mins by vehicle from the lake. Its very close to the Tibetan cave mentioned below. They have a cafe with decent food. The family who owns it is also decent. The fare is from 300/- to 500/-


All the above are good for solo women as well, if any of them are wondering! :)


There are also good hotels which you will find with a quick Google search. Unless there is some Tibetan festival you really don’t need to reserve accommodation, just go there and you will find something good! :)


Food


So there is one restaurant that I found – Kora which is very centrally located close to the gates. Its egg-etarian i.e. serves vegetarian food and egg stuff. The person who owns it Bijay is friendly. The rates are very reasonable. The above mentioned Midway also has a good cafe… I didn’t try any other place…


Transport


You can travel to Rewalsar via Mandi in one hour in a local bus (25/-) or private taxi. Mandi is very well connected by buses and taxis to the rest of Himachal Pradesh. Mandi is about 4 hrs from Chandigarh and volvos to Manali/Dharamshala from Delhi/Chandigarh usually halt at Mandi so you can take any of those to travel here.


Read more about the attractions & issues of Rewalsar here

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