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Malana, Kullu Overview

Isolated from the rest of the world lies a solitary village in Malana Nala, which is a side valley of the Parvati Valley. Known as Malana or the Malana Village, it is located in the Kullu district. Widely known for its strong culture and religious beliefs, with various sentiments embedded in the past, it is a place meant for people who seek spiritual guidance. This place is also apt for all adventure lovers since the route to Malana is famous for trekking.

The temples in Malana - the Jamadagni Temple and the Shrine of Renuka Devi - serve as major attractions of the village. Built closely to each other, they are well known for the worship of various gods and goddesses which are highly respected by the locals, and a lot of care is taken with respect to its preservation. The trekking route to Malana is adorned with lush deodar vegetation along with a slight view of the Malana Dam that energises people from time to time. 

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Malan is a hill station like none other and consequently, the things that you can do here are amazingly unique too! Have a look at the best activities to pursue in Malana:-

1. Trading in Malana: In keeping with the traditions of Malana, you are not to touch the belongings of the people here without their permission! The Malanis have their own rule, and breaking them can incur a fine. All trade and transaction is done through a link via the earth or then surrounding air and hence, goods are exchanged either by throwing at the receiver or keeping them on the ground from where it can be picked up. 
2. The Muzik Cafe: An example of impeccable Himachali hospitality, this serene cafe lies up a short trek. Snug rooms, dainty decorations and delicious food are the plus points of this place and if you're lucky the owner will show you his juggling skills too! 
3. Trekking in Malana: A trip to Malana is incomplete without trekking through the thick forests here. The trek takes you through the splendid valley and ends in a cascade of scintillating water, which makes it totally worth it!

The people of Malana speak Kanshi. The unshattered faith of people in a democracy is all because of their Deva Jamblu. The entire village administration is under him followed by the village council. The 11 members of the council are known as the delegates of Jamblu. There is no involvement of any outside authority hence it is called the Athens of Himalayas. The trade of Marijuana / Hashish in Malana, the Paravati Valley is at par and somewhat the only source of their living.

A festival called Fagli is celebrated in mid of February. It is the occasion when everybody takes a bath and a group of people wears nothing but cannabis leaves and devil masks. They dance around houses spreading cow dung which is believed to provide insulation from cold. The festival is a procession of Akbar. Another festival, Shaun is celebrated on 15 August.

The people of Malana are the ancestors of Aryans. They got their independence during the Mughal reign when Akbar visited the place to cure his ailment. As it cured, he passed a statement that all the inhabitants of the valley were not required to pay taxes anymore.

Other evidence says that Malana was found by the remnants of Alexander The Great's Army. Today, the Malana Hydro Power Station has brought the valley out of the isolated world. Aryan Sharma, a Delhi-based businessman, adopted Malana in 2004. In January 2008, a fire breakout in Malana destroyed several cultural structures of ancient temples.

In order to reach Malana, you need to travel to Kasol first, from where you need to reach a place called Jari which lies around 21.9 kilometres away. From Jari, you can hire a taxi to Malana which charges INR 800 to drop you in the heart of the village.

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