Vashisht Baths is in Manali in Himachal Pradesh.
Legend has it that Sage Vashisht, after losing his children, attempted suicide by drowning himself in the river. However, the river, refused to let him drown. As a result, he ended up living in the village of Vashisht, where he became a beloved guru to Rama and Laxman.
Fast forward a few millennia, and the Vashisht Baths are now a hot spot (pun intended) for tourists looking for a dip in the holy waters. Visitors believe the water has medicinal properties and can cure skin diseases and infections. So, if you’re looking to rid yourself of some skin problems, or just want to take a relaxing soak, this is the place to be.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. The government has even set up separate bathing areas for men and women, so you can enjoy the waters without any awkward encounters. And if you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, there are hundreds of small shops surrounding the springs where you can buy souvenirs and religious merchandise.
The temple complex itself is stunning, with intricate carvings and beautiful sandstone temples. You can take a stroll through the complex and visit the smaller shrines, or head to the yoga and meditation center for some much-needed relaxation. And don’t forget to check out the souvenir shop before you leave – there are some truly unique items to be found.
To get to the Vashisht Temple, you can either walk or take a car from Manali. It’s uphill from the town and runs along the River Beas, so you’ll have some beautiful scenery to enjoy on your way. And while the village itself may have been seized by the Mughal Army back in the day, the ashram and temple still stand, offering a glimpse into the area’s rich history.
So, pack your bags, grab your swimsuit, and get ready for a trip to Vashisht.