Located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a beautiful hill station enclosed by lofty mountains and dense pinewood forests along with the meandering Beas River. In ancient times, the valley was inhabited by nomadic hunters known
as ‘rakshas’. Shepherds were the next community to inhabit Kangra Valley and settled to take up agriculture. In the 19th century, British introduced apple trees and trout, which were unique to Manali flora and fauna. Even today, the apple cultivation is a major source of income for the majority of its natives. In terms of adventure, Manali has a lot to offer which include skiing, mountaineering, trekking, rock-climbing and river rafting.