Old Manali: The Land of Manu
Old Manali is said to be the place where Sage Manu stepped out of his boat, after the Great Flood, to re-populate the earth. Exactly like the story of Noah in the Old Testament!
Life in Old Manali is slow-paced. It is a small town, located around 3 km away from the busy markets of New Manali. While a brisk walk can bring you here from Manali, there are also auto-rickshaws that run between the two places. The town has several cosy cafes and exhibits the exuberant colours of hippie culture.
Manu’s Temple is the main attraction in this area. This beautiful wooden temple is considered to be the place where Sage Manu stepped out of his boat, after the Great Flood, to re-populate the earth. The town 'Manali' gets its name from Sage Manu.
The old town has an exotic charm, not foreign, not entirely Indian. Old Manali has somehow chiselled out a world of its own. Guarded by Manalsu river, the village is as idle as a fairy tale but at the same time, exposed to the comfort of today’s world. You can linger at the riverside cafes in Old Manali, mingle with fellow travellers while listening to sombre live music and try out the international cuisines.
Old Manali is also a backpacker’s pit stop, which is why it has become a paradise for foodies. From trout to wood-fired pizzas, an English breakfast to Tibetan Gyathuk, the eateries of Old Manali are an exciting discovery.
Good to Know :
Location: 5 km from Sterling Manali