A Closer Look Into the Culture of Manali


Nestled amidst the green valleys of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a sought-after tourist destination. This riveting hill station has much to offer and is a haven for nature-lovers and adrenaline junkies. Besides the captivating panoramas of the snow-kissed Himalayan peaks, gushing rivers cutting through the valley and several specimens of ancient preserved architecture, Manali also fosters a rich culture. The people of Manali follow traditions and adhere to norms that have been followed by their ancestors for ages. Some of the festivals celebrated here are centuries old, much like some of the temples dotting the region. Let’s delve a little deeper into the culture of this mesmerising hill station.

Influential Communities

Manali is home to different local communities that shape the town’s diverse population. They have their own dialects, traditions and customs which make Manali a rather vibrant and colourful place. The most prominent indigenous tribal community here is the Kinnaurs. The principle that guides their lifestyle dictates an equal distribution of labour amongst family members. Sheep rearing is one of the most preferred occupations amongst the Kinnaurs. The Gujjars also have a substantial contribution to the culture of Manali. A considerable portion of Manali is inhabited by people who have migrated to this town and follow a more modern lifestyle. While the natives are predominantly followers of the Totemic religion, many have also taken up idol worship after being influenced by other cultures.

People of Manali
Manali food culture

Traditional Dishes

If you are a food-lover, there is a lot in store for you in Manali. The food culture here is also influenced by the local tribal communities. Siddu, a side dish, is prepared from wheat that can occasionally contain delicious lamb or vegetable stew. The dish is meticulously made in clay ovens and take a long time to cook. For meat connoisseurs, Chha Gosht is a must-try dish of this region. The marinated lamb cooked in authentic Indian spices and gram flour is the star of this indulgent dish. The marination and the cooking process lends a delicate balance of flavour to the meat that offers a melt-in-the-mouth feel. Some of the other dishes to devour are Bhey or Spicy Lotus Stems, Tudkiya Bhat, Siddu, Aktori, Madra and Dham. Manali is nourished by several springs and streams, which are ideal breeding grounds for freshwater trout. Local preparations of this fish are delectable and are available at restaurants here.

Arts & Crafts

Manali is also famous for its local art and handicraft products. Tourists often return home with beautiful memorabilia purchased from local markets. People here love to express their creativity by curating intricately designed jewellery, wall hangings, lampshades and other decorative items. These are often made from the bark of the cedar or the pine tree which grow in abundance in the valley. Carpets and rugs are also speciality handicraft products of Manali that are not just exquisitely designed but are also superior in quality.

handicrafts being sold in a shop
Budhhist festival


Manali’s population and culture are extremely diverse. It witnesses a plethora of festivals throughout the year. Hidimba Devi Fair is an important festival celebrating the great local Goddess, Hidimba, who is believed to be the wife of Bhim from the Mahabharata. The festival of Lossar marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year. The Buddhist community in Manali unite to celebrate this occasion with colourful masks on faces and performing enthralling dance routines. Other festivals celebrated here include Baisakh, Lohri, Holi, Diwali and an annual Winter Carnival.

Experience Manali with Larisa Resorts

Stay in the heart of Manali at our resort and experience the best this town has to offer. Larisa Resort comprises elegant accommodations with modern amenities that are bound to elevate your stay. We also have other facilities such as an in-house restaurant, where you can try out different local dishes. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Manai now!



Larisa Manali, Kullu - Naggar - Manali Road,
Haripur, Himachal Pradesh 175136, India

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