Why is the place popular?
The village is mainly popular for many trek points and also because of the village tourism. Earlier, the village was not very popular until the State government declared it as a tourist attraction and going to make it as Countries Iconic Place. The inhabitants of the village are called bhotias (Mongol tribes), these people migrate to diminish places in every 6 months (as it gets snow-bound with sub-zero temperatures which became difficult for them to survive).
The Mana people are also reputed for their weaving skills. The woollen garments and materials like mufflers, cap, asan, pankhi (a thin blanket made of sheep wool)… apart from it, mana is also famous for some vegetables like potatoes, cabbage and also kidney beans. My mother bought a giant cabbage which, I have never seen in metropolitan cities.
Attractions near the village!
Neelkanth peak: at an elevation of around 6,597 m above the sea level this place is known as 'Queen of Garhwal'. The numerous bharmakamal can be seen from this place. It located above the Badrinath temple.
Tapt Kund: a natural spring water, it is believed to be the abode place of Lord Agni. It is believed that the Kund has therapeutic values and can heal many skin diseases.
Vasudhara Fall: the fall is located at a 5km distance from the village. The trek is bit backbreaking filled with stones and pebbles but the stunning view of buoyant vasudhara river valley will make your journey worthwhile. Best time to visit is may to October or November.
Deo tal mana pass- deo tal is a sacred lake atop mana pass, the lake is believed to be the origin of river Saraswati. man pass was an ancient trade route between India and Tibet. it appears now to be one of the highest vehicle access pass in the world.
One of the Highest Motorable Road
One of the highest Lakes in the World
Glacial Lake and Source of River Saraswati
Mata Murti Temple: the temple is devoted to the mother of Lord Narayan. The temple holds a magnificent festival (Mata Murti Mela) every year in the month of August or September. I would prefer you to must visit this place during the time of this carnival.
Many other places are:
Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bhim Pul, Badrinath temple, Yog Dhyan Badri temple, Charan Paduka, Narad Kund, Mana to Satopanth trek.
Weather conditions: climate is usually chilled here so I would prefer you to carry some woollen clothes and common medicines with you.
How to reach Mana village?
Mana village is connected with Haridwar/Rishikesh directly via NH-58 along with Badrinath and Joshimath towns.
The nearest railway station is located at Haridwar which is around 275 km from the village. From there you can take the Bus or hire a taxi which will take you to Mana village.
The nearest airport is jolly grant airport which is located at Dehradun which is around 319 km away from the village.
So if you are a die-hard Tea lover this place is a must visit once before you die. The Place is such an untouched beauty, fresh air away from the cities big smoke, pollution free air and bask in nature. You will never find any village like this anywhere.