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Exploring Mana - The Last Indian Village

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Updated: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 15:29 [IST]
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Situated on the banks of the gushing Saraswati river, Mana is the last Indian village located near the Indo-China border, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This tranquil village, surrounded by high Himalayan hills, is situated at an altitude of 3219 m above sea level. It is located at a distance of 3 km from Badrinath, which is a famous place of pilgrimage.

The surreal beauty of this tiny village draws a lot of visitors each year, which is why Mana has been rightly titled as a 'Tourism Village' by the Uttarakhand Government. Apart from being stunningly beautiful, it is also famous for its handcrafted woolen shawls and blankets, local herbs, etc.

The village and its landscapes are believed to be strongly associated with the Indian epic of Mahabharata. It is believed that the Pandavas had crossed the Mana village en route their journey to the heaven. The Vedic River Saraswati also originates in the Himalayan mountains that surround this heavenly place. Ancient caves that are associated with mythology are also located in the Mana village.

Mana is a place for all kinds of travellers. Given its stark beauty, picturesque trekking trails, ancient temples and mysterious caves, Mana is a favoured destination for leisure travellers, adventure enthusiasts, history & mythology enthusiasts, as well as spiritual and religious beings.

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