I left Mcleod Ganj for the second time, and this time with no expectation of returning. I was heading to Rewalsar, a place that a couple of people had recommended that was slightly off the usual track . It is a small town centered around a man made lake which is holy to Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs alike. I stayed at one of the Buddhist Monasteries which was cheap but rather dirty, after taking a cold water shower in the filthy shared cubicle I felt more unclean than when I had gone in.
The town itself was lovely though, still many Tibetans around and so Momos were available everywhere! I had met a Spanish couple on the bus and then managed to find my other friend who had already discovered there was a bus to the top of the hill nearby where there was a Hindu temple.
It was a stunning sight, particularly on such a bright, clear day. Not only is the colourful temple delightful but the view all across the horizon of the Himalaya is breathtaking. We walked back down the hill, past the cave where Guru Padmasambhava meditated and made this place the Buddhist pilgrimage site that it is. I was kind of expecting an old spiritual kind of thing but it was dominated by a large gold Buddha statue and had flashing lights on the altar which put me off quite a bit. Well worth a day stop off and from here we took another local bus to Shimla.