( video 2006, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India). Manali, (alt. 1,950 m or 6,398 ft) in the Beas River valley, is an important hill station in the Himalayan mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India, near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. Manali is administratively a part of the Kullu district. The population is approx. 30,000. The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. Manali and its surrounding areas are of great significance to the Indian culture and heritage as it was the home and abode of the Saptarshi or seven sages. The ancient cave temple, Hidimba Devi Temple, is not far from town, 3 k.m. from the main city. Manu Maharishi temple is located in old Manali village, which is 4 k.m. far from the Manali. The name of manali is on the name of Lord Manu. This temple is one and only temple in the world. As per hindusm Manu was the first men in the nature.
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