Manali is an ancient town located near the end of the Kullu valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. Manali is only 40 km. away from Kullu to the north. Manali is surrounded by the towering peaks at an arms length and is located near the snowline. Manali literally means the home of Manu. Manu is the mythological character who survived when the world was drowned in flood. The fish saved him and later he recreated human life at Manali. Manali is also known as the Switzerland of India.