Vashisht – Himachal Pradesh
Vashisht is a small peaceful town on the other side of the river from Manali (3km). Many foreign travelers stay here, some, for long periods. There are a few interesting small temples here and some hot springs for bathing. Vasistha is a nice, interesting place to visit.
Vashistha and Rama Temples
Vashistha was the spiritual master of Lord Rama and is said to have done austerities here. The place where his ashram is said to have been is called Tat Baba and is about a ten-minute walk away from theVashistha Temple. There is one story in which Vashistha tied himself with ropes and flung himself into the river near Manali after the Rakshasa Kalmashped killed his 100 sons. The river is said to have released the Rishi from his bonds. The river got the name Vipasha, “liberator from bondage,” after this event.
There is an old Sita-Rama Temple next to the Vashistha Temple.
Vashisht is famous for its hot sulfur springs. Inside the grounds of the Vasistha Temple there are two hot spring pools that are free. They can get a bit dirty.
There are also clean hot springs at the Hot Bath Complex about a ten-minute walk from the downtown, going towards Manali. There are private baths here for Rs 35 a person for 30 minutes. The springs are supposed to have good health benefits, and they certainly feel good. Open 7 am to 1 pm and 2 to 9 pm.