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Manali Fast Facts
- State: Himachal Pradesh
- District: Kullu
- Famous for/as: Hill Station
- Altitude: 1950 m
- Language: Pahari, Hindi, English
- Best Season: Sep - June
- Weather: Summer 23 to 36°C, Winter -1 to 18°C
- Clothing: Summer- Light Woollens, Winter- heavy woollens
- Local Transport:
- Pincode: 175131
- STDCode: 01902
Himachal Pradesh Tourist Information Office,
Tel: 223324764, 223325320,
India Tourism, 88, Janpath, New Delhi.
Tel: 23320008 / 23320005,
Manali, India Overview
Located at a height of 1,926 meters on the northern end of the Kullu Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali has been holding a magical allure for tourists with its incredible landscape abundant greenery and exquisite scenery. Travel to Manali evokes many images... fairy-tale snow-capped mountain vistas, flower-covered meadows, glaciers, winding rivers, temples and Buddhist monasteries.
Enjoying the snowfall on the mighty Rohtang Pass will be an unforgettable affair. The vast expanse of varied and awe inspiring landscapes offer some of the most exciting sporting pursuits. They range from skiing and snow-boarding to hiking, paragliding, rock climbing, canoeing, and mountain biking and white water-rafting. But the less active tourist need not despair-thanks to the natural hot springs there.
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Manali, India History
In ancient times, the valley was sparsely populated by nomadic hunters known as 'rakshas'. The next arrivals were the shepherds who arrived from the Kangra Valley and settled to take up agriculture. Some of the earliest inhabitants of the region are the 'naur' or 'nar', which is a caste unique to the Kullu valley. Only a few naur families are known to exist now. A naur family in the village Soyal near Haripur on the west bank of Manali was famous for the vast land they owned and their practice of having 'rakshas' as their labourers.
The British introduced apple trees and trout, which were not native to Manali flora and fauna. It is said that when apple trees were first planted the fruits were so plentiful that often branches, unable to bear the weight, would collapse. To this day, apple—along with plum and pear—remains the best source of income for the majority of its inhabitants.
Tourism in Manali received a boost after the rise of militancy in Kashmir in the late 1980s. This once quiet village was transformed into a bustling town with many hotels and restaurants.