There are numerous Hindu and Tibetan temples and monasteries in this area. 700 meters from Sarsai, at Dashal village you will come across Gauri Shankar Temple. This is a 12th century monument. You will find apple orchards here. There is a temple called the Manu Maharishi Temple at Old Manali, which is 3 kilometers from Manali. This place is distinguished by its old guesthouses and orchards. The ruins of an old fort known as Manaligarh also lie here. The most celebrated temple here is the Hidimba temple. This is an old temple in a cave and it is devoted to Hidimba Devi. Cedar forests enfold this temple at the foot of the Himalayas. A huge rock jutting out of the ground was venerated as the image of the deity. This was created in the year 1553. A Buddhist monastery that functions solely on charity from the locals and by garnering money selling carpets made at the workshop within the establishment.
The topmost point on the Manali-Keylong road is called Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass is a popular place for tourists. Being as high as 13050 feet, this spot is cold even in summer. Set amid the peaks that reach out to the sky, this spot is like a gem set in a ring. You will find a small lake called Dassaur Lake in the vicinity. Rohtang Pass is closed in the winters due to heavy snowfall. About 16 kilometers from Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass is a most enchanting sight you will ever come across. Behold your eyes for you will see the most mesmerizing Rahalla Falls at a height of 2501 meters above sea level. Traveling 13 kilometers northwest from Manali will bring you to Solang Pass, which is also known as Snow Point. There is a 300 meter ski lift here. Snow topped mountains and impressive glaciers are the attractions here.
Initially Jagatsukh was the capital of Manali. Here you will find a temple devoted to Gayatri Devi that was constructed by the Pandavas.
In the Parvati Valley, which is about 86 kilometers from Manali, is the charming Manikaran. The chilly waters of the Parvati River and hot water springs run in tandem, here.
There’s a charming little hamlet called Vashisht 3 kilometers from Manali. Natural sulphur springs will greet you here. These springs are known for their medicinal properties. Modern bathhouses have tapped into these springs for use in Turkish style showers. You will also see a pair of quaint old temples in Vashisht. Obviously these temples are dedicated to Maharishi Vashisht.
Lord Brahma had dispatched seven sages or seven celestial teachers to this planet to offer direction to human beings for thousands of years. One of them was Rishi Vashist, who was the most gifted and astute of them all. For thousands of years he assisted as royal priest and advisor to several kings. Vashisht means great in the Sanskrit language. The rest of the Rishis and Gods too respected him. He was humble despite his vast knowledge. He could be considered a super sage or Brahmarishi.