The last Indian village called Mana. The village gets its name from Manas Putras, the biological sons of Lord Brahma. This was one of the excursions trips to the holy shrine of Badrinath as Mana is just 3 kilometers from there. This is a rather small village located in the district of Chamoli in the state of Uttarakhand and the altitude is around 3100 meters above sea level.
It feels so different to be standing just a few kilometres away from the Indian border and more so when you are having a cup of tea in the last Indian tea shop. Ahead of this village lies the Mana pass at a distance of around 24 kilometres.
The trip to Valley of Flowers and Badrinath should have ideally ended that day but blame the magic or the mayhem of the monsoons in Garhwal
The noise of the Saraswati, rows of army camps on either side of the road and that one
massive village gate that read ‘The Last Indian Village’, everything around seems like an intimation about how far away we had come.
Places to visit in Mana and the myths around them
#1 Banks of the mystical river Saraswati
The river is named after the goddess of wisdom and quite fittingly here on it’s bank the greatest Indian epic was written. 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 Alaknanda at Keshav Prayag in Mana. According to the myth, the gurgling flow of the river was disturbing Vyas to focus on Mahabharata and hence he cursed the noisy river to disappear.
#2 Bhim Pul
Saraswati river originates out of a rock near Bhim Pul and although it’s a narrow stream the noise of the water is deafening. There’s a natural stone bridge over the gushing river here and legend has it that when the Pandavas were crossing this river on the way to heaven, Bhima lifted a massive rock and placed it here to help his wife, Draupadi, cross the river. Right next to the Bhim Pul you can also see a 20 feet tall foot shaped mark on the rock that is said to be the footprint of Bhima.
Visit the cave where Ved Vyas narrated the Mahabharata
#3 Vyas Gufa
The story of Vyas Gufa, the cave where Ved Vyas compiled the four It’s this uncommon experience of the divinity that makes Mana so special. A short walk away from Vyas Gufa is Ganesh Gufa where it is believed that Lord Ganesha wrote the epic Mahabharata. Oblivious to its significance and worldwide reputation of this site.
It was here that Ved Vyas rearranged the Vedas into four parts and wrote Bhagvad Gita. It is believed that from this cave he narrated Mahabharata to Ganesha who was the assigned scribe to write Mahabharata. The roof of the cave looks noticeably flaky and does appear like a bundle of palm leaf manuscript. The rock is worshipped as Vyas Pustak or Vyas’ Book which is believed to have turned into a rock over the years.
Ganesh Gufa is believed to be the cave of the scribe Ganesha who was invited by Ved Vyas to first understand and then write the epic Mahabharata. Ganesh Gufa is just a few metres downhill from the Vyas Gufa and this strategic distance between the two caves does make one wonder if Vyas’ narration would have been audible to Ganesha from this cave? No one can think about mythology so differently unless they are in Mana.
The temple town which is just 3 km from Mana is well-packed with pilgrims from May to November when the temple gates are open for visitors. It is best to avoid the crowd to experience the essence of this gorgeous village. If you’re a non-believer, visit Badrinath during the offseason when the crowd subsides and you can enjoy the day sitting on the bank of the gushing Alaknanda.
#5 Valley of Flowers
Valley of flowers’ that bears countless species of flowers including lilies, daisies, saxifrages, poppy, geranium, calendula, zinnia, sedums, petunia and so forth.Spending some time in nature’s lap will energize you.
Some Beautiful Photos Of Valley of Flowers
#6 Hemkunth Saheb
Hemkund Sahib is considered to be the pilgrimage for the Sikhs and a Gurudwara is present at a height of 14500 feet.
It is accessed by a very tough 6 km trail. A star-shaped Gurudwara is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
#7 Enjoy a cup of tea at India’s Last Tea Shop
This tea shop at Mana has indeed become a go-to spot for travelers who, like it or not, see this spot as a location for a photo opportunity. Tea here is refreshing but I would recommend to try out the green tea from Mana that you would easily get at this shop anytime.
During your visit to Mana, Badrinath is the nearest convenient temple town to get quick meals. There are a few chai and snacks shops in Mana but do not rely on food availability in Mana. There are multiple restaurants in Badrinath that serve vegetarian food. A vegetarian thali is an easily available healthy meal you can get anywhere here. South Indian food is also readily available in Badrinath owing to the inflow of pilgrims from the South at this shrine.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit Mana is during the summer months from June to September. Avoid the month of August when the monsoons when there are heavy rains almost every day and the rods get blocked frequently.
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