Mana village is a the last Indian village in the northern part of Uttarakhand around 2 km from the holy town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand. It was a chilly November morning when we left Joshimath for Badrinath in a Tata Sumo. In an hour and a half after crossing Vishnuprayag, Govindghat we reached Badrinath on the banks of river Alakananda. After offering prayers at the temple we headed for Mana, the last village of Indian territory.
We strolled in the streets of Mana, a quaint Indian village situated 3 km north of Badrinath and had maggie and bread omlet for breakfast at one of its cafe. People of Mana belong to the Bhutia tribes.They migrate to their houses in and around Joshimath during spine-chilling winters and return to Mana once the Badrinath temple reopens in the month of April.They usually grow vegetables, maintain livestock and make woollen clothes for a living. Soon after breakfast we headed towards the Vasudhara falls situated at the end of this village’s boundary.We crossed the sacred Bhim pool which is supposed to be the source of river Saraswati.
While I went to see the Vyyas caves the others went back to our cab. Vyyas cave is more than 5000 years old. It is here that saint Vyyas had meditated for thousands of years according to Indian mythology. The priest there was very friendly and had given consent to take a selfie with me. The shop next to temple was supposed to be the last tea shop of Indian territory before China border. After a short interaction with the locals in the village I hurried back to my cab.It was already started getting dark and we headed back to Joshimath.
- Location– Mana Village
3 kms from Badrinath,
40 kms from Joshimath,
360 kms from Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India
- Altitude -Mana village -3200 metres , Vasudhara Falls -3650 metres above sea level.
- Best time -May/June to November.Rest of the year roads are closed due to snowfall.
- Vasudhara Falls- 4 km trek from Mana Village on a well laid trail.
- Start early as weather deteriorates later in the day.
- No water source on the route.
- Alternative trek routes from Badrinath Onwards –
1. Santopanth Lake– 4-5 days. 2. Neelkanth Base camp– 2-3 days 3. Mana Pass– 5-6 days