Mana, India

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Mana is a village in the district of Chamoli in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, located at an altitude of 3,200 meters.[1] It is located on the northern terminus of National Highway 58,[2] Mana is the last village before the Mana Pass and is 24 kilometres from the border of India and [[Tibet] The village is at a distance of about 3 km from the Hindu Pilgrimage Badrinath and the two places are culturally connected with each other.[1]

Demography[edit]

It has about 180 households and a population of about 600. The people belong to Marchhas and Jads or Bhotias.[1] During winter months, the entire populations comes down to lower places, as the area is covered under snow.[1] Many coffee shops here tell people that their shop is the last coffee shop on the Indian border.[3]

Cultural identity[edit]

The villagers of this village are culturally associated with activities of Badrinath temple and annual fair of Matha murthi.[1] They used to trade with Tibet in earlier days.[1] There is a small cave in Mana, named Vyas Gufa and it is believed that Maharshi Vyas composed Mahabharatha in this cave.[1] One more cave is called Ganesh Gufa and tourists visit both caves regularly.

Other destinations[edit]

Nearby places of Mana include Vasudhara Falls, Satopanth Lake, Bhim Pul, etc.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bisht, Harshwanti (1994). Tourism in Garhwal Himalaya : with special reference to mountaineering and trekking in Uttarkashi and Chamoli Districts. New Delhi: Indus Pub. Co. pp. 90–92,. ISBN 9788173870064. 
  2. ^ "National Highway No. 58". Maps of India. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  3. ^ Raju Gusain (9 Nov 2008). "India's last tea shop gaining popularity amon". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 

Coordinates: 30°46′N 79°29′E / 30.767°N 79.483°E / 30.767; 79.483