Culture of Manali – Traditional Food and Clothes

A best trip includes picturesque scene, environment, experience, calm and comfortable stay. The food and yummy delicacies not only stimulates our taste buds but also reflects the culture of a region. Great tasty food always makes a trip memorable and complete. Mostly the food in all regions are influenced by the crops cultivated and available in that region and surrounding valley.

Food in Manali:

Paddy, maize, kodra etc. and many other fruits and vegetables are grown at Manali and hence the food items are influenced by these crops available here. To fight with the cold climate, people of Manali have drinks and prepare tea of various flavors with lots of milk to keep them warm. The different tea stalls at every corner offers tourists with these flavors of tea. Along with tea, the abundance availability of milk offers various milk-based items, hot milk, curd, butter, ghee, lassi etc. Locals here make wines from barley and red rice at home.

The traditional food of Manali includes Kadhi Chawal, red rice with saag, rajma, pulses, madra etc. During celebrations and festivals, dishes like Vada, bhatora, patrodu, the famous Dham which includes rice, curry, curd and sweetened rice are served on leaf plates.

Another Himachali cuisine that you can find in local restaurants is Siddu which is made from wheat flour, and is a local side-dish of Himachal Pradesh which greatly complements the main course of mutton or some vegetables

The local street food includes the very famous item called Mittha which includes rice, raisins decorated with dry food available in all the restaurants. Among the best street foods in Manali, one is is Babru which is a kind of kachori. You can also try the momos here that are easily available at almost all the stalls.

There are wide variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items served in all the restaurants according to the will of tourist. But the dishes that non-vegetarians should definitely try in Manali are Trout and Chha Gosht (marinated mutton cooked in yogurt, gram flour, and fragrant Indian spices)


Style of living of a place is vastly influenced by its climate. Manali has chill weather for complete year and hence the people prefer to wear warm colorful traditional attires. The clothing sense reflects their popular culture, customs and local habits.

The clothes of the people however have changed with time. Presently the western wear influence is visible in the young generation. But still the traditional attire are worn in many parts and many traditional ceremonies, festivals and while performing rituals which reflects their rich culture and help the locals to handle the chill rough weather of Manali.

Traditional dress of Men:

The attire of men includes of the following clothes:

Sultan: a tight pant which is worn to cover the lower part of the body.

Dora: a piece of cloth used as a belt to tighten the sultan on the waist.

Chola: a long woolen over coat worn to cover the upper part of the body.

Topa: a black color cap to cover and save their head from severe cold climate.

Chadder: a traditional gent shawl mostly in grey, white, cream color.

Lachhoo: it is a blanket used to cover the shoulders during winter to keep them warm.

Traditional dress of women:

The traditional cloth of the local women includes the following:

Pattoo: Pattoo is a long, thick, warm than shawls which is worn over the clothes and are bright in colors. It saves them from the extreme cold weather. These are pin up from both the sides with long silver broaches called boomini. Boomini are long silver chain.

Gachchi: a piece of cloth tied around the waist which acts as belt.

Dhatu or Thipu: To protect and cover the head women wear this square piece of cloth.

Shawls: These world-famous shawls with beautiful designs and bright colors are worn.

Pullas: The traditional colorful woolen slippers made from fiber extracted with colorful designs keep their feet away from cold.

The traditional attire of Manali is s fine quality, colorful, attractive and hand-woven clothes. The unique dressing style attracts tourist to buy these rich artistic and creative wear. Tourists can also try and wear the traditional wear and click pictures for memories for a small amount.

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