The last Indian settlement on the road to Tibet, Mana is located in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district. Also designated by the stately government as a 'Tourism Village', the region of Mana stands at an elevation of 10,500 feet. Bracketed by the soothing roars of nearby River Saraswati flowing through the mighty Himalayas, Mana in Uttarakhand is just 3 km from Badrinath and is also one of the most important Hindu pilgrimages in India.
Winter temperatures are as low as -17 degrees Celsius at Mana. Besides tourism being one of the big industries, locals also engage in making woollen handloom items. A concise and warm community, Mana village in Uttarakhand houses just around 558 families with a population close to just 1200 villagers.
Also famous from the Indian epic of Mahabharata, Mana in Uttarakhand is believed to be the same spot the Pandavas walked through the village before Bheem built a bridge on River Saraswati for Draupadi to cross the river. The ancient caves here connect the region to the great Indian mythology.
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