Vashisht

Vashisht is approximately 3 kilometers from Manali, which is a small hamlet with sandstone temples and hot sulphur springs. It is the hub of travel hippies from all over the world. It houses some of cheapest hotels in the region and you will find most crowd of international travellers out there. Vashisht is renowned as a Hindu pilgrimage site. Dotted with several ancient temples dedicated to various Hindu deities as Vishnu, Rama, Lakshman, and Sita. It is one of the must visit places in Himachal Pradesh on your trip to Manali.

The only place for a hot soak is in the bathing pools of Vashisht’s ancient temple, which is far more atmospheric anyway.

Divided into separate sections for men and women, they attract a decidedly mixed crowd of Hindu pilgrims, Western hippies, semi-naked sadhus and groups of local kids.

 

It boasts two old stone temples, opposite each other above the main square and dedicated to the local patron saint Vashishta, guru of Raghunathji. The smaller of the two opens onto a partially covered courtyard and is adorned with elaborate woodcarvings. Those lining the interior of the shrine, blackened by years of oil-lamp and dhoop smoke, are worth checking out.

 

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