Mana village, popularly known as India’s last village is located at Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, few kilometers away from the Tibet/China border. During my recent trip to Uttarakhand for a trekking experience I got the opportunity to visit this unique village. While driving towards the village we were actually driving through the cantonment area. Being an army ward the military green color acted as a stimulus and awakened all my senses 😆
Mana village is three kilometers away from Badrinath. So on a normal day the visit to Badrinath is always ensued by a visit to Mana village. It has recently gained quite some popularity in terms of tourism. The fact that I was approached by a lot of people offering guide services made me belief that. Since we already had a guide with us I said a no to all of them.
It was a village in the mountains and hence bestowed with the beauty of the green mountains and blue clouds. While walking through the village I saw a lot of small shops and the locals were selling hand made woolen items. There were a lot of carpet shops too selling all sorts of colorful carpets in every size that you think of. I would have bought one but carrying that would have been a big pain and the idea was dropped the minute it came in my head. 🙁
After walking for some time we reached Bhim Pul. This place has a mythological significance which is totally explained in the below picture. The rough translation would be “While going to Swargarohini (pathway to heaven) Bhim picked up a large long stone and put across the river to create a bridge so that the Pandavas can cross the river. Since then this bridge is famous as Bhim Pul (bridge)”
The water current was very strong and the wind was strong too. After getting enlightened with the mythology and a good dose of nature’s delight we decided to make a move. While walking back we tasted some berries from the mountains, the locals and our guide both confirmed that it was safe to eat that.
With this view we bid adieu to the last village of India, Mana Village.
It was a short and sweet visit. Till we meet next, stay this beautiful and enticing.