Manali is a resort town nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley in the Beas River Valley. It is
located in the Kullu district, about 270 km (168 mi) north of the state capital,
Shimla, 309 km (192 miles) north east of Chandigarh and 544 km (338 miles)
northeast of Delhi, the national capital. The small town, with a population of
8,096, is 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. It is a
popular tourist destination and serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti district
as well as Leh.
Manali is a cosmopolitan place where Tibetans, Ladakhi, Kashmiri, Kullvi and
Lahuli people reside. These people often came to do business at this place and
slowly settled here. The main occupation of the local people is Tourism, Farming, Horticulture, handloom industry. The official language of
Manali is Hindi but due to its development in tourism, the locals also understand the English language very well. In common parlance, the locals here use the
Kullvi dialect also known as Kullu language.