If you want to have a cultural heritage trip to Kullu-Manali, here is something which you must consider:-
- Book a local homestay in Manali.(www.homestayinmanali.com)
- Visit the place during Festive Season probably in Feb, May, June, and October. To feel the richness of Manali culture and heritage must-see festivals in Manali Doongri Festival Manali, Dussehra of Kullu-Manali, Winter Carnival of Manali, and Lother Festival. It showcases Manali’s history and culture.
- None other than local people who have been living there for years going to describe you, the authentic culture of Manali. If you staying in a local homestay in Manali, your localhost (Mitika’s homestay in Manali) provide you with a chance to experience everything LOCAL do, routines how people live on a daily basis, how they communicate(local language), Celebrate and Dress-up. their Food Habits, Clothes, Beliefs.
- Best and famous food in Manali, Manali traditional food, local food of Manali
- Manali Sweets
- Manali special drink & Manali special alcohol
- Manali local sightseeing
- Manali local language
- Manali local market
- Manali local sightseeing tour package
- Manali local taxi/ Manali sightseeing taxi
Festivals in Manali
Doongri Festival Manali
It’s one of the most popular festivals of Himachal Pradesh and is also known as Hadimba Devi Fair. The major reason for celebrating this event is the birthday of Hadimba Devi. Hadimba Devi is referred to as a Bhim’s wife and the festival is mainly about her. This festival is majorly celebrated in mid-May to mark the beginning of the summer season. This festival happens in Van Vihar National Park and is one of the favorites amongst the local women who organize as well as a volunteer it together. For this festival, they come all decked up in ethnic wear and take part in activities like singing, dancing, and more in order to pay their regards to the goddess, Hidimba Devi.
Highlight:-Carnival and Snacks, The Gods at the Festival, Traditional Dance and Musical and Trumpet Performances at the Festival
Dussehra is one of the most popular festivals of Himachal Pradesh and is celebrated for a week-long in a majestic style in Kullu. There are processions brought out by thousands of people here and it is depicted that Lord Rama is taken on a Shobha Yatra. It is a lovely blend of rich culture, history, and rituals. This festival is only held to celebrate the success of good over evil. While music and color create a peaceful ambiance, thousands of people gather on the first day of celebration to pay respect to Lord Raghunathji. The first day is started with a huge celebration and on this day the statue of Lord Raghunathji is installed on a beautifully designed chariot, which is graced with the presence of village gods and goddesses, is pulled by ropes by the locals from its place to different sites across the Maidan.
Highlight:-More than one hundred gods and goddesses mounted on colorful palanquins participate in this procession. The ceremony feels as if the doors of heaven have been opened and the gods have come down to the earth to rejoice.
As the name suggests, it happens during that time of the month when the town is covered in snow and people are seen getting indulged in various adventurous winter sports activities. The chills of the winter season are compensated by the warmth of people as well as the cultural activities that keep happening. You also get to learn a lot about the food culture of Manali.
Highlight: You can try out many winter activities by enrolling in them during this event.
This festival is one of those celebrated amongst the Tibetan Community of Manali. At this festival, you’ll see people in their traditional clothes. Together, they recreate the wedding day of a local princess with Lord Padmasambhava. During the start of the month of February, the people who are a part of it can be seen getting completely indulged in different rituals and arrange for all the necessary things required for the wedding.
Highlight:-This is a great platform to witness the lively culture of the Tibetan Community who participate wholeheartedly in this festival
Culture of Manali
The native dialect of Kullu-Manali is ‘Kulluvi’ also called as Pahari by outsiders.It has a rich tradition of folk literature rooted in the ancient (Puranic) tradition of the Aryans.The local language spoken in Village Malana , which is believed to be one of the oldest existing republic, is called Kanashi, but signs of Kirta language are also found here. Kirta language is closely connected to the Indo-Aryan family of languages.
Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Bijli Mahadev, Juani Mahadev, Jageshar Mahadev and Shensher Mahadev. Brahma and Vishnu are worshipped as local deities.The system of prayer in the temples of local deities is very different and is not according to the shastras (ancient scriptures). The custom of animal sacrifice is still prevalent in this region. Sacrifices are also made to calm the evil spirits.A person who is a communicating link between the God and people is called ‘Gur’. It is believed that the spirit of deity enters the Gur and predicts the future and promises to help people in time of need. People acquaint him with their difficulties and get answers. It is believed that wrath of gods may cause natural calamities.
Manali traditional dress:-
Climate of a place influences the native’s style of living, their food and their attire. Due to the chill weather almost for the complete year, warm clothes are used more in Kullu Valley.The clothes of the people have changed with time. Presently people of Kullu wear dress common in any part of the country but still in some areas people wear the traditional dress.
Traditional Dress of Women in Manali
Pattoo– It is a traditional dress of the local women. It is thicker and heavier than shawls, with fast and bright colors. Women wear pattoo over their clothes and pin both ends with local silver broaches called ‘boomini’, which is a long silver chain. It covers the whole body and a piece of cloth is tied around the waist called gachchi, which acts as a belt.
Dhatu or Thipu – Dhatu or Thipu is a square piece of cloth used to cover the head.
Shawls – These shawls are world famous because of their beautiful intricate designs and bright colors.
Pullas – Pullas are footwear like the bedroom slippers made out of hemp (fibre extracted from Marijuana stem). Very colorful designs are made on the upper portion with colored wollen threads.
Traditional Dress of Men in Manali
Chola- Chola is a long woolen coat with pleats.
Dora- Dora is a piece of cloth which is tied on the waist and is served as a belt.
Suthan- Suthan is something like a tight pant.
Topa: Topa is a black cap.
Topi- It is now known as Kullu Cap. It is a colorful cap made out of woollen cloth with a Kulluvi designed band around it.
Lachhoo- Lachhoo is a blanket used to cover the shoulders.
Chadder- Chadder or Loi is a gents shawl. It is mostly in grey, white, cream and brown in color.
Famous Food in Manali
Manali local food Siddu
One of the most loved dishes in himachal pradesh in Kullu and Manali. It is just a kind of bread made from wheat flour and stuffed with various ingredients as per the taste. it is eaten or served with Desi Ghee “Clarified Butter”, Dal (Mainly Lentil Broth) or with Green Chutney (made from mint ‘Pudina’). It might not be looking good in the picture above, but trust me it’s really goona charge up your taste buds.
- Best places to eat: Sometimes sold on the streets by the pattu draped pahadri women or you can simply find this delicacy through asking around.
Trout fish Manali
One of the best and the most unique preparations of the Manali and Kullu region is trout. The preparations of this fish in this area are done by marinating the raw material and finally slow cooking them for that impeccable effect. Quite good for the health, unlike many street foods, this dish is low in calories too.
- Best places to eat: Johnson’s Café, The Lazy Dog, Martin’s Himalayan Sports Club
Trout fish price in manali: 450-600 Rupees
Chha Gosht or Chha mutton in Manali
Another favorite of the food street Manali, the dish called Chha Gosht is a preparation of marinated mutton cooked in yogurt, gram flour, and fragrant Indian spices. Perfectly compatible with the low temperatures of the place, Chha Gosht is one of the best street foods in Manali. This palatable dish is served over rice for the complete effect.
- Best places to eat: Restaurants serving the local dished of Manali
Local people food in Manali
Sattu made from wheat also formed the daily food of every one, Bhatura (fermented flour bread), stuffed bhatura, Jatu (red rice) and Kodra roti (cereal bread) were cooked in every house. Presently these dishes are occasionally prepared by the people of Kullu Valley.
Basically made out of vegetables, rice and lentil, this dish is a favorite of the people of Manali. The distinguished spicy taste of this dish falls among the best that Manali has to offer. Best if complemented with mashed dal, this street food is a must-have in Manali.
- Best places to eat: Common in local restaurants and dhabas
Manali special and local drink
People of Kullu Valley make wine from barley and red rice in their houses, which is known as ‘Chakti’ and ‘Lugri’ respectively.
A famous street food of Manali, the dish called Mittha is a delicacy of Manali commonly available at almost all Manali restaurants. Comprising of rice and raisins, this dish is decorated with dry food for that edge of perfection.
Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner are called nhuari, klar, dapohri and byali respectively.