Malana is an ancient Indian village in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This solitary village in the Malana Nala, a side valley of the Parvati Valley to the north-east of Kullu Valley, is isolated from the rest of the world. The peaks of Chanderkhani and Deo Tibba shadow the village.
It is one of the oldest democracy in the world, located at 9500 feets above sea level.
The place unbinds the population of ancient and greek descendants of Alexander the Great
The “touchme not” village:
There are some rules which a tourist has to follow when they visit the Farms of malana.
- No outsider is allowed to touch the cannabis why?
The malanese have set some rules for the outsiders as they believe that the cannabis which we smoke just like that, belongs to their God – Lord Shiva.
As in many other parts of India the farmers worship their farms, just like that the malanese woship the cannabis and don’t let anyone else to touch it.
Not only the cannabis are untouchable, but some villagers too stay untouched by the outsiders.
Even the shopkeepers ask the tourists to keep the money on the desk while purchasing anything.
According to the locals of Kasol and Malana, the cannabis are used a medicine to treate common cold and headache.
There is nothing new if a teenager smokes the weed in that village as they live in the suitable climate and are used to tolerate the “kick / trip” of the weed after the smoke up.
- No police can raid on the village
No police offers can touch or raid the farm or try to harm the farm. The one to tries to damage the farm, has to face the consequences by nature itself – said a local villager in Kasol.
A short story by a local villager of Malana:
“A police officer tried to harm the farm as he believed that it is not the ethical way of farming, he then destroyed a few areas of the farm and after some days later, he had to give up on all his wealth as the villager said, there was no one who can take revenge from the police officer but the villagers believe that the police officer got cursed and things started happening”.
Not only one person has gone through this curse, but there are many similar stories which will make you believe how auspicious and worshiped the Malana village is.
There are few other rules which are meant to be followed by the villagers themselves:
Fixing nails – As it can damage the tree.
Burning woods – Woods burning is prohibited in order to protect the village
Old & dry twings and branches to be carried outside the village – As the dry branches can catch the fire easily
Reward after killing the Bear – In case any wild animals attacks the herds of sheeps or goats, the hunters are sent to kill them. If a hunter kills a Bear, he will be awarded but has to deposit the fur of the killed bear in the “Bhandara of the Devta”.
Police intervention not allowed – Even if the accused wants to seek help, they have to pay a fine of Rs. 1000/- to the village council.
Interesting, isn’t it?
One must visit this village before dying as it holds so many secrets within itself.
The local people of the village are too sweet to talk and can give you a memorable experience if you jell with them.
How to visit Malana village?
Once you reach Kasol, The most common route towards the village is by taxi or bus from Jhari.
But if you want to make this trip adventurous, you can ride a bike from Kasol to Malana Village which will take almost 3 to 3.5 hrs to reach the village entrance but you need to be quite careful while riding as the roads can get dangerous depending upon the season.
Once you reach the entrance of the village, you will have to trek to reach the farms of cannabis and the main village which will take almost 4 hours of trekking.
But the 4 hours of trek will be worth it when you reach the farm.
Try to be sweet with the locals
Check with the weather before climbing the mountain
It’s not a one day return trek- you will have to take out atleast 2 days to explore the village as it is not possible to start the trek and come back the same day. There are places to stay in the village for the touristors.