Malana is an ancient village northeast of the Kullu Valley. This lonely village of Malana Nala, located to the side of the Parvati valley, is isolated from the rest of the world. At a height of 9,938 feet above sea level is the town of Malana, also known as the village of Taboos. This village in the state of Himachal Pradesh is a magical place surrounded by greenery overlooking the peaks of Deotiba and Chandrakhani. Malana village is connected to Kullu by three passes. Being in the state of Himachal Pradesh, you can get access from the Parvati valley, through the Rashol pass and the Chanderkhani pass. The easiest way to get to Malana is to use a taxi from Jari, since there is no public bus to the town of Malana, 23 km in the distance.
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Some Amazing Facts To Know About Malana
Malana Trek is possible from Kasol little more than 6 kms away. The Malana village trek reaches a height of 8,701 feet and is best attempted in summer between April and June.
Certainly, it was one of the most unique villages in India in many aspects.
Immediately after entering the town, a small hotel can be seen with its name written in the Israeli language. This place is home to many foreign guests, most of whom come for the most sought after Malana Cream, a drug from these valleys.
Most Malana hotels are actually located in Kasol. Best Malana hotels include Moskha Hotel and The Himalayan Village.
Malana Village is the Oldest Democracy in the World
Malana is considered one of the oldest democracies in the world. There is a village council of 11 people and it is believed that they are representatives of Jamlu Rishi, the presiding deity of the village. Every decision they make is considered to be final arrangement. Recently, many villagers were not satisfied with the decisions made by the village council and asked the Kullu District Court to settle their differences. Since then the village council has not taken any further decisions.
The Origin of Malana People
There are several theories about the origin of the village. According to one of them, the villagers have descended from the Aryans. Folklore says that when the Mughal Emperor Akbar suffered a serious illness that took place in the village, the inhabitants of Malana managed to cure it. Akbar was so happy to have granted the tax exemption to all the villagers. Another theory suggests that Malana was founded by the remnants of Alexander the Great’s army. However, in the language between Greek and Kanashi there is no link.
It is worth mentioning that the village of Dha-Hanu near Leh, Ladakh also believes in the same
Malana has become Modernized
It is not a backward place; Malana is certainly touched by modern civilization, more than most villages in India. Almost all children have a smartphone. In fact, some children verify the test results on their mobile phone. The small town had excellent cellular network support, which was very rare when driving on the way there. Each house had a satellite dish for satellite television service.
Most of the houses were made of brick and mortar with tin ceilings replacing the traditional wooden houses with beautiful engravings. This process began in the 1980s, when the villagers were enriched with “Malana Cream“. After the fire of January 2008 all houses have been rebuilt as modern houses because chopping down trees is prohibited. If you decide to visit the village, do not touch the walls or the effects of any resident, because you will have to pay a fine if you touch something.
Language of the Malana Village
The Malani speak Kanashi (a mixture of Tibetan and Sanskrit dialects) and are very conservative. Kanashi the local dialect of Malana does not sound like any of the dialects used in neighboring villages, and this language is also considered one of the mysteries of the village, which those from other villages cannot use.
Although children in the village are discouraged from speaking in a language other than their mother tongue, times have changed with the advent of television. Like other children, everyone watches television and can understand and speak Hindi. On the other hand, people in other villages are discouraged from speaking Malani, even if they know it.
The main occupation of the inhabitants is agriculture and animal husbandry. Women are involved in weaving.
Malana Cream – A Famous Intoxicant – Some Amazing Facts To Know
Malana cream is a term given to hash grown here, which is one of the most sought after in the world. Malana cream is extracted from Cannabis Indica. These plants, adapted to the climate in the Himalayas, preserve the property of resisting against wind and rain, which reinforces the quality of hashish. Malana cream has a high oil content and intense aroma and aroma. The high oil content in Malana cream makes it one of the most expensive and best hashes in Europe.
The police launched a campaign to stop the cultivation of marijuana. The residents of Malana, after dealing with the local deity, Jamlu, decided to stop the sale of hashish. The residents of Malana will no longer be the hosts of many guests from all over the world who will be able to enjoy the pleasures of Malana cream.
This led to a sharp fall in the number of tourists (mainly foreigners) in recent years who came in search of charas or hashish. Today, villagers are moving to dense forests for cultivation. The residents of the village accuse the government of their apathy because they have lost their source of life due to these restrictions.
Malana Trek – Chandrakhani Pass Trek Map
After seeking advice of the deity Jamlu, the residents of Malana village have closed all the guest houses and restaurants which sold hashish and now concentrate on the protection of local culture and traditions.
Best Time to Visit Malana
If you are planning to go out with friends and family to Malana then you must read below note.
January is the coldest and rainy month and temperture goes down upto -2 C°. You should avoid visiting Malana this month due to heavy rain. Feb perfect to go sightseeing around the city of Malana.
If you going in Summer Season that is also best for exploring and enjoying good weather conditions.
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