Malana Village is a mystery village in India. All of us must have heard about the Malana village in most of the travellers bucketlist.Malana is famous for Malana Cream, which was the main attraction for all travelers. But Malana Village is more than just a place for best cannabis, a product made from cannabis plants which grow in the Parvati valley available in India.
It’s village full of mysterious, rituals, superstitions and myths and Malana cream.
Malana is a small ancient village in Himachal Pradesh. surrounded by Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani peaks.
The villagers believe that they have pure Aryan genes. They consider themselves to be descendants’ Greek soldiers of Alexander’s army and. It is believed that soldiers took refuge in this remote Himalayan village, after the battle against the ruler of Punjab, Porus.
According to the local legends, Jamlu Rishi inhabited Malana Village and made the guiding rules and regulations of the village, and the Malanese people still follow those rules. According to them, they follow the oldest democracy in the world, and their local court system even today reflects the ancient Greek system.
They follow their Panchayat rules for making any decision. There is no Police intervention in the Malana village for any kind of dispute, it will be resolved by the village Panchayat (village council).
Kanashi/Raksh, is their local language, which is basically mixture of Sanskrit and Tibetan language. And Kanashi is considered sacred and outsiders from other villages are not allowed to use the language of Malana. But majorly Malanese people understand Hindi and can speak also.
Jamlu Temple is their most pious place in the village, which is built in the centre of the village in Kathkuni style, with wooden cravings and deer heads. The village council is known as “Hakima” and bifurcated in 2 courts, Higher and Lower level. Goor, Pujari & Kardar are part of the higher court and Goor is considered to possess the spirit of Jamlu Devta and is the voice of God and the pujari and Kardar are the representatives of the Jamlu Devta and position is based on inheritance.
Malana Village follows strict rules like “DO NOT TOUCH ANY BELONGINGS OF MALANESE” as a Tourist you are not allowed to touch any wall of the temple /any Malanese inhabitant/any house/any thing that belong to them. By mistake if you touch them then you will be penalized with INR 2500 as fine and the villager will run to take bath and it will be followed by purification ceremony by the priest of the village. Outsiders are considered as untouchables.
Also, for buying anything in the village you need the keep the money in a basket on the shop counter and once the shopkeeper will keep the required thing in the basket then one can touch, they practise absolutely no skin contact with the outsiders.
They have trained their people and kids not to interact with the outsiders and have made them learn in young age to say “No Touching” & “No Photo” to any tourists in the village. Videography is strictly prohibited in the village and photography too to some extent but sometimes people agree to get snapped.
They are trying their level best to maintain and preserve their cultures and traditions from outside the modern world. For example, the marriages are fixed in adolescence age and one is not allowed to marry outside the village, if anyone does that then that person will be banished from the village forever. Polygamy is still practiced.
another example of their ancient tradition is that for solving any dispute, they still believe in their deity and his guidance and signals. For solving any conflict, they use lambs, they make a deep cut in the foreleg of a lamb each of the 2 parties and poison it and sews it back with a needle. The Person whose lamb dies first will lose the case.
Malana is world-famous for its Malana Cream and it has become major attractions for the tourist from all over the world. It is famous as one of the best Hash in the world. Often referred to as a part of Mini Israel in India also. Malana cream is the main source of income of Malana village.
Dark side of Malana
There are several instances have been reported for missing tourists in the Malana Village probably murdered by the locals, though till now no charges have been proved. The main reason for the ugly quarrel could be because of the trading of Hash between the villagers and tourists.
It advised to visit the village in the day time and return back before sunset and you can set up the base in kasol or you can go camping outside the village at your own risk. And don’t get into any verbal spat with the locals and respect their traditions & cultural practices.
Rules of Malana Village: –
- No Touching
- No Photography, without permission
- No Videography
- No nails on the trees, they protect their trees.
- No hunting allowed in and around the Malana village.
- Marriage outside the village is forbidden
- Police is not allowed to enter the village and it is not allowed even for the locals, if any villagers try to seek the help of Cops, he will be penalized with a fine of INR 1000.
- The use of Kanashi outside the village and by the outsiders is not allowed.
- Consumption of Hash in the village is forbidden now.
- Burning wood from trees and shrubs in the jungle is not allowed.
How to reach Malana:
- By Air: The closest airport to Malana Village is the Kullu Airport, located around 25 km from Malana. The airport is well-connected to major cities like Chandigarh, Pathankot, Delhi, etc.
- By Train: The closest railway station Joginder Nagar Railway Station located about 125 km from Malana. Trains from cities like Chandigarh and Delhi travel to Malana.
- By Bus: From Kashmiri Gate Delhi, catch a bus to Bhuntar and then to Kasol, which is 31 km from Bhuntar.
On the way from Jari from where you can either trek to Malana which is about 1.5 km from Jari, or hire a taxi.
Cabs/taxis are easily available to reach Malana Village.
Slowly Malana Village is getting exposed to the modern world now. They are exposed to mobile phones and Television & the internet now, yet they are trying to protect and preserve their cultural and religious practices yet no relaxation in their village rules.
Malana Village is a beautiful small village trying to preserve and protect himself from the trap of modernization is worth visit at-least once.