We all need some time away from our busy routines, and a weekend getaway is a perfect solution. While the temperatures are still warm, why not escape to the cool breezes of the Himalayas? And if you’re wondering where to go, we have an amazing place for you – Mana, in the state of Uttarakhand. Mana also lies near Badrinath, a popular religious destination in Uttarakhand.
Mana is a small pilgrim village in Uttarakhand that is situated on the banks of River Saraswati along the road to Tibet. It also holds the title of being ‘the last Indian village’ due to its proximity with the border. Set at an altitude of 3,219 m, it is filled with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains that will take your breath away! Here are some wonderful things you can do in Mana:
The Veda Vyas Cave
Well, you can start exploring Mana with this ancient cave. It is said that Ved Vyas, a historic scholar and the writer of the epic, the Mahabharata, lived here. Pilgrims come every day to pay homage to his statue here, which is believed to be more than 5000 years old.
Mata Murti Temple
A popular trek from the village of Mana is to the Mata Murti Temple. It is located on the right bank of Alaknanda River and is dedicated to the goddess Mata Murti. The trek up to the temple also offers beautiful views of the surroundings.
This picturesque waterfall near Mana lies just 9 km away from the famous Badrinath Temple. The water drops from a height of 400 feet creating a breathtaking spectacle. According to local legend, the Pandavas from the epic the Mahabharata stayed here when they were in exile.
Set on the Saraswati River, this rock bridge spans a gorge. It is said to have been built by Bheema, one of the Pandava brothers, so that his wife Draupadi could cross the river more easily. This has led to its name, Bheem Pul.
Located at an altitude of 6,597 m above sea level, Neelkanth Peak is one of the most popular attractions near Mana. Towering dramatically over the Alaknanda River valley, it lies to the east of the Badrinath temple. It is also an excellent destination for trekking
So, have you been to Mana in Uttarakhand? If so, do share your experiences int he comments below.