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Mana – The last Indian Village

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The dawn of 17 May 2013 was a memorable one. The darshan at the holy shrine of Badrinath rejuvenated our soul with spiritual bliss.

After recharging our souls, it was time to recharge the body too. We stopped by a local eatery for some hot breakfast. Then we headed out to Mana, a mere 3 kms from there.

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The excitement among us was palpable as Mana is the last village of India. Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 3200 meters, it is 24 kms from the India and Tibet/China border. A small population of about 600 inhabit the place.

On the onset of winter, the entire area gets covered with a blanket of snow. The weather becomes very hostile for survival.ย  The villagers then migrate to the lower plains from October to April.

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Their houses typically are made of stones and plastered with mud. They have slate tiled sloping roofs. Most houses have kitchen gardens where they primarily grow spinach, potato and cauliflower for their livelihood. The women are endowed with fine craft skills. Their adept fingers knit beautiful sweaters, shawls, caps, mufflers and carpets which find many takers.

 

A shop there having the distinction of being the last Indian shop. People generally buy a drink or some eatable to tell the folks back home that they shopped from there!

Just a few meters away from the shop, the Saraswati River merges with the Alaknanda. Further ahead is a cave called Vyas Guha where it is believed that sage Veda Vyasa resided and composed the entire Mahabharata.

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After spending about an hour there, capturing moments to carry with us, we headed back. Today writing this post has taken me back on that beautiful trip down the memory lane!

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73 comments on “Mana – The last Indian Village

  1. Sreejith Vijayakumar
    October 17, 2016

    Wow.. it might have been so thrilling.
    Is it accessible during the month of Feb?

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 17, 2016

      Yes Sreejith it was an experience to cherish a life time.
      Like I had written in the post the entire area is inaccessible due to harsh weather conditions from Oct to April. Villagers then migrate to the lower plains and head back to Mana in May.

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  2. Idle Muser
    October 17, 2016

    Beautiful Captures Radhika. โค
    Thanks for sharing about such a beautiful place, which I was unaware of. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Divya Deepak Rao
    October 17, 2016

    Transported to a place of beauty thanks to you! ๐Ÿ˜ŠEspecially interesting are the last village in India & the last shop in India.Great pictures too Radhika:) Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. adsunsri
    October 17, 2016

    It gave me goosebumps to read about the last village, the last shop on the Indian border, though boundaries are man made, it does give us a sense of ownership. So, what did you buy as a souvenir Radhika?
    The pics are breathtaking and I could feel the magnificent roar of the Alakananda!

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 17, 2016

      We had hot tea there which was so refreshing in the cold. The roar and splendour of the gushing rivers is a sight to behold๐Ÿ˜

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  5. adsunsri
    October 17, 2016

    BTW Mana, in Kannada and Malayalam mean house!

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  6. theonlysup
    October 17, 2016

    Ah u r tempting me to visit that place Radhika

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 17, 2016

      Haha…..when you go there for your Himalayan expedition do visit it. I assure you the experience will be worth it.!!

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  7. Akhila
    October 17, 2016

    great moments,no…to visit our last village, last shop..

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  8. Sudhir Chauhan
    October 17, 2016

    its a lovely place…..

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  9. Varsh
    October 17, 2016

    Wow…can’t decide what is more enticing…the breathtaking pictures or the lovely narration! โ˜บ

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 17, 2016

      Haha Thanks Varsha!! But the pictures we captures of the breathtakingly beautiful place wins hands down๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Varsh
        October 17, 2016

        The pictures are lovely!! We went to Badrinath twice but never went to Mana. Not sure if the chance will ever come again, but if it does I won’t miss this place for sure. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • radhikasreflection
        October 17, 2016

        Twice to Badrinath, Wow!! Mana is just 3 kms away from there. Hope you do get a chance to visit again๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • Varsh
        October 17, 2016

        Yes. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  10. Asha Seth
    October 17, 2016

    Incredibly beautiful captures. So enticing. I detest the cold so might plan a visit in the summers.

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 17, 2016

      Thanks Asha. We went in May. It was still cold. Outdoors during the day is fine. Nights are very cold though.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. gururaghavendrasevashrama
    October 17, 2016

    If wishes were horses……….I want to buy an old Army tent , pitch it there, and spend my time meditating..

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  12. meetruchisharma
    October 17, 2016

    Wow…thanks for sharing this…lucky you to have been able to explore such a beautiful place…lovely captures and just perfect description to lure travellers…:)

    Liked by 1 person

  13. yagneshthakore
    October 17, 2016

    Beautiful piece as always. I went there 20 years ago. My mother did it onfoot
    some 60 years ago when there were no organized tours like now.She gottt
    seperated from the group and it was nothing short of miracle that a swamy
    found her and she could rejoin the group.

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 17, 2016

      Wow! Truly nothing short of a miracle. Guess that’s how HE blesses his true devotees. Now even after so much development the path is so difficult. I can imagine how treacherous the path must have been then.Salute your spirit for undertaking the journey back then!

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  14. Meenakshi Sethi
    October 17, 2016

    This is a thriller! You took me with you too! I am sure it must be a memorable trip! Thanks for sharing!

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 18, 2016

      I am so happy that you felt transported to that place. Guess the place has its magical charm. Thanks a lot Meenakshi๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. writeshefali
    October 17, 2016

    Lovely pics Radhika… it must be a endearing experience for sure…I didn’t know there is a place called Mana n it’s a last village ??? … nice narration makes us feel we went there too ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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    • radhikasreflection
      October 18, 2016

      Feeling happy that you could connect to the place and learnt about our last village on the border. Thanks so much โ˜บ

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  16. 2ndhalfolife
    October 17, 2016

    Beautiful photos!

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  17. myheartbeats4ublog
    October 18, 2016

    amazing photographs, radhika…..cheers!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Durga Prasad Dash
    October 19, 2016

    Thanks for this informative and beautiful post

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  19. thewritewomanblog
    October 19, 2016

    You have captured every detail so beautifully, Radhika. It is a visual treat as much as a blessing to be able to visit these places. Thank you for sharing the pictures as well as giving a detailed account on them.

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  20. Sumith Babu
    October 19, 2016

    Amazing captures!! An interesting read, loved your expedition. Wish I could go there once.

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  21. Karthik
    October 19, 2016

    Mana Janab Ne Pukara Nahi!!!.Perhaps your post has made me more sensitive to hear the whispers of it calling me ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. scintillatingmemoirs
    October 22, 2016

    The pictures seem to be amazing, I’m sure it would have been worth a visit!

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  23. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    October 24, 2016

    Beautiful captures. We have seen the Indo-China border during our visit to Arunachal Pradesh. It gives a strange feeling to step over the last strip of landmark of our own country, isn’t it?

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  24. neelwritesblog
    October 27, 2016

    Just one word : beautiful, both the pictures and the narration

    Liked by 1 person

  25. samwriterblog
    October 29, 2016

    Am amazing blog
    #radhika mam

    Liked by 1 person

  26. myphotographyworldweb
    January 12, 2017

    Beautiful…
    blog…Thanks for sharing
    Let me share some recent photography work of my Husband Mukesh Garg
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    Cover Photos

    Like

  27. Vikas Acharya
    February 11, 2017

    Reblogged this on Journal Edge and commented:
    Mana โ€“ The last Indian Village, Article Source: radhikasreflection.wordpress.com

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  28. ramblingdaisies
    February 11, 2017

    Wow…great pictures! Couldn’t visit this place during my trip to the valley of flowers.

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 12, 2017

      It has its own quintessential charm. Do visit it next time you happen to go there. I am sure you will like it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Like

  29. iok
    April 6, 2017

    Wonderful place

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