One village that is becoming one of Uttarakhand's well-loved tourist destinations is a tribal village called Mana, which lies in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, near Badrinath. Mana is the base point to visit Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bhim Pul and Vasundhara Falls. These are places that are mentioned in the Mahabharata, which explains why many devotees visiting Badrinath also drop in at Mana.
This village is also famous for housing India's last tea shop in the region that overlooks the narrow valley through which the Alaknanda River flows. Mana is thinly populated with the Bhotias, an Indo-Mongolian race with a unique culture and heritage of their own. The chief hereditary occupation of these people is making tribal handicrafts. They spend their summers in Mana, raising short duration crops. Late October sees them making a shift with their cattle to the lower reaches of the Himalayas. The folk dances of the Bhotias are Dandala, Chamfuli, Dhusaka and Dhurang which are enjoyed for recreational purposes, with no religious significance attached. Some of the dances are connected with death ceremonies. They believe that the soul of the dead resides in the body of a goat or sheep and that dancing would liberate the soul.