After exploring the magnificently crafted cave temple of Hidimba Devi and viewing the footprint for which the temple is famous, we moved on to our next destination.
It was another temple and is named as Vashisht Temple Manali. From Manali, we had to hire an auto rickshaw which drove adventurously along the slightly slanting road and took just Rs 50 as fare. It is located on one of the slopes along the banks of the Beas River at a distance of around 2 km on the northern side of Manali.
On reaching the Vashisht village, we were simply fascinated with the compact and composed ambience which reminded us of the old Manali. The village is considered to be one of the best tourist spots in Manali. We could see many fellow tourists bathing inside the hot springs and some others having a view of the temples. We could also spot many foreign tourists who stay in the village in order to avail cheap accommodation and get drowned in charas while enjoying the chilly atmosphere.
One of the locals told us that it becomes almost impossible to visit the village during the months of winter between November and April and most of the guesthouses and lodges stay closed.
The Vashist Temple derives its name from the sage, Saint Vashisht, to whom the temple is dedicated. We were simply mesmerized with the beauty and intricacies involved in the wood carvings inside the temple. There is no doubt about the fact that the hot springs are the main attraction of the village and are believed to have therapeutic capabilities.
The hot springs have been controlled through pipes and cemented so that the common public can bath easily. The lush green outfields of the village were a treat to watch. We could spot many nicely cafes with the local residents taking care of many rich traditions of the village. During the peak seasons, it is very difficult to get an accommodation in this part of the world. The streams of the hot springs come from the mountain’s base. One of the key attractions of the village was their traditional style of creating houses and we could spot many large sized cows and buffaloes here and there.