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“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never weary of life…”

A bit mystic, rather mysterious and altogether special - Mana is the last Indian village on the on Indo-Tibet border. At an altitude of 3420 meters, situated on the confluence of the Saraswati and the Alaknanda rivers, this Himalayan hamlet is home to the Bhutia communityThe Mana community, a tribe of the Indo-Mongolian race, dates its origin 500-700 years back and is linked to several legends. The Veda and Purana texts are believed to have been written here. It is also said that the Mahabharata was written here in the Vyas Gufa, named after the ancient Indian mystic, Rishi Vyas. The Bhutia women are the real keepers of the indigenous knowledge of making herbal medicine and natural dyes. , which is distinct owing to a unique heritage, culture and lifestyle.

Mana's tribal communityThe Mana community, a tribe of the Indo-Mongolian race, dates its origin 500-700 years back and is linked to several legends. The Veda and Purana texts are believed to have been written here. It is also said that the Mahabharata was written here in the Vyas Gufa, named after the ancient Indian mystic, Rishi Vyas. The Bhutia women are the real keepers of the indigenous knowledge of making herbal medicine and natural dyes. is migratory, their life pattern linked to the Badrinath shrine, one of India's oldest and most frequented pilgrimages, which is located 3 km away. The tribals live in Mana during summer months raising short duration crops and shift along with their cattle to lower reaches in late October, as the area is under heavy snow in winters. When the shrine opens in early May, the community re-occupies Mana, moving up from their winter location at Ghinghran near Gopeshwar (district centre).

The Himalayan belt, in and around Mana, falls within the buffer zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (NDBR), a repository of fragile and diverse life support systems. This quaint hamlet is not just a unique human settlement, but also a micro-ecosystem encompassing the local community, livestock, physical and organic resources. Not only is the environment exclusive, but the hosts too are of a singular nature apart from being extremely hospitable, honourable and gifted.
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