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1Mana Pass
Mana Pass

Mana Pass, alternatively Mana La, is a mountain pass in the Himalayas on the border between India and Tibet. HolidayIQ Traveller Susmita Gupta says, “10230 feet above sea level, 3 km from Badrinath and 50 km from civilization is this last village in Indian territory called Mana, which has only 15 houses. From here you can walk up to Tibet - to Mansarovar. The local people believe that this is the route the Pandavas had taken when they walked up to heaven at the end of their great rule in Bharata. In fact, there are Pandava caves here which one can see.”

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2Mana Pass - You Can Walk To Tibet From Here
Mana Pass - You Can Walk To Tibet From Here

Mana Pass, alternatively Mana La, is a mountain pass in the Himalayas on the border between India and Tibet. HolidayIQ Traveller Susmita Gupta says, “10230 feet above sea level, 3 km from Badrinath and 50 km from civilization is this last village in Indian territory called Mana, which has only 15 houses. From here you can walk up to Tibet - to Mansarovar. The local people believe that this is the route the Pandavas had taken when they walked up to heaven at the end of their great rule in Bharata. In fact, there are Pandava caves here which one can see.”

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3Mana Pass - Last Indian Village On Tibetan Border, Gateway To Heaven
Mana Pass - Last Indian Village On Tibetan Border, Gateway To Heaven

It is believed that, Mana Pass is the way to heaven as taken by Panch Pandavas and you’ll start believing the same as soon as you visit this place. The gorgeous heavenly views will leave mesmerised. The presence of of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Joshimath and Tungnath peaks around this village makes this a must visit destination in Uttarakhand.

HolidayIQ Traveller Susmita Gupta from Bangalore shares, “10230 feet above sea level, 3 km from Badrinath and 50 km from civilization is this last village in Indian territory called Mana, which has only 15 houses. From here you can walk up to Tibet - to Mansarovar. The local people believe that this is the route the Pandavas had taken when they walked up to heaven at the end of their great rule in Bharata. The story here says that when the Pandavas reached the source of the Saraswati River and it was so big and untamed that Draupadi was scared to cross the river. And so, the thoughtful and caring Bhima had pushed these two huge rocks together (as you see in the pic) to form a bridge for Draupadi to cross over. It took me 3 days by car from Delhi to reach here. But it was all worth all my life.”

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4You Will Never Know How Refreshing A Dip In Satopanth Tal Feels Like
You Will Never Know How Refreshing A Dip In Satopanth Tal Feels Like

Satopanth Tal is located in the midst of snow-capped peaks at an altitude of 4,600 metres (15,100 ft) above sea-level. The lake is considered to be of religious significance to the local people; residents of Mana village throw the ashes of the dead in the lake. Although located just 22 km from the popular Badrinath, the trail has several hidden treasures. The short distance of Satopanth Lake Trek is well-compensated with a frequent change in sceneries. Before you start the trek, obtain inner line permits from the Forest Department in Joshimath. It is wise to hire a local guide for this trek.

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Reviews (4)

Taranpreet Singh

Taranpreet Singh4.3/5

1 review

Awesome Place!

You will get to visit India's last tea shop. This place is spiritual. Also good scenic beauty how can we forget the road to heaven which starts from this very place. The place is occupied for 6 months only. People here are orthodox but have open hearts.

Tarun Srivastava

Tarun Srivastava3.6/5

2 reviews

Awesome view of saraswati river

It's a small village with steep climbs to see the origin of saraswati river, bheem shila, ganesh gufa, ved vyas gufa, last birder shops of India. Visit for 4-5 hours enroute to Badrinath. Worth seeing but take care of weather as clouds get down very soon.

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Mana Overview

Mana is a small village in the district of Chamoli in the state of Uttarakhand. This village is situated on the National Highway 58, the last village before the Mana Pass. It is scarcely populated, with only 180 households. This small village is situated at about 24 km from the international border of India and China.

The village of Mana holds religious significance, as it lies close to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Joshimath and Tungnath. It is also the last village on the route to Tibet from India. The village is located at a height of over 3219 metres above sea level. Moreover, it is situated near the banks of Saraswati River and is surrounded by hills and many small streams.

There are many trekking trails in Mana region that can be explored during the day from the religious site of Badrinath. While trekking, tourists can see the famous Vasundhara Falls that adds to the beauty of the village. Tourists can also enjoy trekking at several other places, like Bedni-Bugyal, Auli Bugyal, Deoria Tal, Roopkund and Gurso Bugyal.

The Mata Murti Temple is popular for the village, where annual fair is organised in the month of August. This temple is situated 3 km from Badrinath, which has a beautiful idol of the mother of Lord Narayana. Mana is famous among tourists due to its hills, religious centres and picturesque spots that are frequented by pilgrims and trekkers.

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest airbase, from where tourists can take buses and taxis till Badrinath. Thereafter, tourists can take taxi to reach the village. This airport is situated at around 319 km from the village of Mana. Haridwar Railway Station which is located at a distance of about 275 km is the nearest railway station from Mana. Taxis are frequently available from the railway station to reach the small village.

Winters in Mana are very cold, with temperature often going below the freezing point. Summers are suitable for sightseeing purposes owing to the moderate weather conditions.

Photos of Mana

Mana, Uttarakhand

Photo by

Sarbani Acharya

waiting for sunrays..
Mana, Uttarakhand

Photo by

Avik Chakrabarty

From the top of Bhimpool, Mana
Mana, Uttarakhand

Photo by

Avik Chakrabarty

This pool was made by Bhim.. so known as Bhimpool (Mana)

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