Manali is located near Kullu town in the Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh, India. It lies at the northern end of the Kullu Valley, formed by the Beas River. The city is located in the Kullu district, approximately 270 kilometres (170 mi) north of the state capital Shimla and 544 kilometres (338 mi) northeast of the national capital New Delhi. With a population of 8,096 recorded in India's 2011 census, Manali was the starting point of an ancient trade route through Lahaul (H.P) and Ladakh, through the Karakoram Pass and Yarkand and Hotan in Tarim Basin in China. Manali is a popular tourist destination in India and serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti districts and Leh city in Ladakh. Manali is named after the legislator San?tan? Manu (see Manusmriti). The name Manali is considered to be derived from Manu-Alaya (roughly translated: 'place of Manu'). In Hindu cosmology, Manu is said to have descended from his ark at Manali to recreate human life after a cataclysmic flood swept the world. The Kullu valley, where Manali is located, is often called the "valley of the gods". An old village in the city has an ancient temple dedicated to the sage Manu Manali has grown from a trading village to a small town. According to the 2011 census of India, its population was 8,096. In 2001, Manali had an official population of 6,265. Men make up 64% of the population, and women 36%. Manali has an average literacy rate of 74%, male 80% and female 63.9%. 9.5% of the population is under 6 years old. Find and hire a top agency or company for your next big project related to Digital Marketing, Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Content Writing, Market Research, PR, Email Marketing, Mobile App Development, Web Design, Web application development, Media Planning and many more in India and other countries on AgencyNetwork.