Mana is a village in the district of Chamoli in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, located at an altitude of 3,200 meters.
- Elevation: 3,200 m
- District: Chamoli
- Weather: 9 °C, Wind S at 8 km/h, 77% Humidity
- Population: 1,214 (2011)
Borders between any two countries have always been a subject of attraction and intrigue for both citizens of the countries as well as travellers and tourists visiting them. Mana is the last Indian village from the border of India and Tibet/China. Located near the religious site of Badrinath, on the banks of River Saraswati, Mana village is situated at a height of around 3219 meters. Mana in Uttarakhand is officially recognised as the ‘last village of India’.
Story Of Mana
It is believed that Pandavas had to pass through this village on their journey to heaven. Bheem, the strongest of the five brothers, build a rock bridge in order to cross the Sarasvati river. Furthermore, a small cave named Vyas Guha is widely believed to be the place where sage Veda Vyasa resided and composed the whole Mahabharata.
Mana is famous for its woollen garments and materials made up of sheep wool, like, shawls, caps, muffler, ashan, pankhi (which is a thin blanket), carpet, etc. Moreover, here, you’ll notice the shopkeepers in the region selling their products, using the title ‘Last Village’ like ‘India’s Last Tea and Coffee Corner’, which is quite interesting and amusing at the same time.
Places to visit
- Neelkanth Peak: It is one of the major attractions in Mana Gaon. Also known as ‘Queen of Garhwal’, this snow-clad peak beautifully towers the Badrinath Temple and makes for a must-visit attraction for every adventure and trekking enthusiast.
- Tapt Kund: It is the holy abode of Lord Agni or Fire God. This natural spring is believed to have medicinal properties, and people say that taking a dip in the ‘Kund’ water cures skin diseases.
- Bheema Pul: This bridge is straight out of a myth. River Saraswati originates out of rock near Bheem Pul and although it’s a narrow stream, the noise of the water is deafening. Bheema lifted a massive rock and placed it here to help his wife, Draupadi, cross the river.
- Saraswati River: The river is known as Gupt Gamini or the Hidden River since it flows just about 100 metres from its origin and then merges into River Alaknanda at Keshav Prayag in Mana. According to the myth, the gurgling flow of the river was disturbing Ved Vyas to focus on Mahabharata and hence he cursed the noisy river to disappear.
- Mata Murti Temple: It is dedicated to the mother of Lord Narayan. According to folklore, Mata Murti requested Lord Vishnu to take birth as her son. Lord Vishnu granted her this wish by taking birth in the form of a twin, Nar, and Narayan.
How to reach
- By Flight: The closest airport from Mana village in Uttarakhand is the Jolly Grant Airport that is situated at Dehradun.
- By Train : Mana can be easily reached from Rishikesh/Haridwar and is only 5 km. from Badrinath Temple. Haridwar Junction is a very well-connected and busy railway station that receives trains from different parts of the country. If you are reaching Dehradun by train, regular buses are available from outside the Dehradun railway station too.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Mana village in Uttarakhand is from June to September.
If you like to travel the distance for some extreme adventure, Mana has some offbeat trails that you’d love to explore. Swargarohini, Satopanth Lake and Vasudhara Falls are a few treks that start from Mana. There are multiple local tours operators you can find in Badrinath who can guide you along these offbeat hiking trails.