Mana is an offbeat trending tourist destination that offers the visitors with the long-lasting memories. The place is situated in the Uttarakhand district and is known to be the last village located on the border of India and Tibet/China in the district of Chamoli. The village is located in close proximity to Badrinath Town on the banks of River Saraswati.
Mana Village – A Detailed Description
Located at an altitude of 3219 meters above the sea level, this tranquil village draws a lot of attraction during the Char Dham Yatra. The surreal beauty of this village cannot be described in words. Popularly known as “Tourism” village, its history dates back to the time of Pandava. The village boasts of several places of interest, some of them are mentioned below:
1. The Last Tea shop in Mana village
Mana Village has several tea and coffee shops that offer the tourists piping hot tea along with Maggie. The place is a paradise for the tea-lovers.
2. Saraswati River
The river originates from Himalaya and there is a small temple located near the river where the tourists can come and pay homage.
3. Vashudhara waterfalls
This waterfall is known for its natural beauty, but visiting the waterfall is not easy. It takes around 2 hours to visit this place. The trek to this place is definitely tiring but extremely rewarding. The scenic beauty of this valley gives you a reason to climb.
4. Vyas Gufa
The place is highly revered among the mythologists. There is a cave popularly known as Vyas Gufa where the ancient saint Ved Vyas, composed 4 Vedas or ancient scriptures. The cave is 5000 years old.
5. Ganesh Gufa
Apart from Vyas Gufa, the tourist can visit another Gufa popularly called Ganesh Gufa. This is the place where Lord Ganesh cited the legend to Ved Vyas (according to mythology) and then he wrote the same.
6. Bheem Pul
As the legend has it, the pul or a bridge was built by the Lord Bheema for his wife Draupadi. According to mythology, it was the place where the Pandavas started their sojourn journey to heaven Swargarohini. During this journey, it is believed that Draupadi was unable to cross the river so Bheem placed a rock in between the gorge and now it is popularly referred to as a Bhim Pul. The pul is located exactly opposite to the Ved Vyas Gufa, where the saint wrote the ancient scriptures.
7. Mata Murti Temple
The temple is dedicated to the mother of Lord Narayana. As per the legends associated, Mata Murthi requested Lord Narayan to come into this world as her son and this wish was granted and Lord Vishnu took birth in form of Nar and Narayana.
The place is known to be the home of Lord Agni. It is believed that this kund has water with medicinal properties. This place is highly frequented by travelers from the world-wide.
Activities that visitors can do- Mana village is a heaven for shopaholics searching for the handcrafted goods. Starting from woolen shawls to blankets to herbs, the place offers everything under one roof. Apart from that, tourists can also indulge in sightseeing tours like temples, ancient caves, trekking, adventure games, etc. The place attracts people from all walks of life.
The best time to visit the village- summer season (March-June) is considered to be the best time to visit the village because the temperature is moderate. The nights are chilly and the temperature may fall after the sunset. The place receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon season and it is pretty risky to indulge in adventure activities like trekking. The entire village receives heavy rainfall during the winter season and the temperature may fall below 5C, even then
Visiting the place during the winter season is not recommended as the temperature may fall below 5C. Even the villagers migrate to the places with the lower altitude.