Malana Village: Here- you are Inferior and consequently Untouchable!!!

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The oldest democracies in the world, wherein strangers are not allowed to touch anything!!!

Malana is considered to be one of the first democracies in the world. According to tradition, the residents of Malana are the descendant of Aryans, and they acquired their independence during the Mughal reign when the Emperor Akbar walked to the village in order to cure an ailment that he was afflicted with; after having been successfully cured he put out an edict stating that all the inhabitants of the valley would never be required to pay tax. An alternative tradition suggests that Malana was founded by remnants of Alexander the Great’s Army.

Malanis (the inhabitants of Malana) admire their culture, customs and religious beliefs. They generally do not like to change though some traces of modernization are visible. People in Malana consider all non-Malani to be inferior and consequently untouchable.

Visitors to Malana town must pay particular attention to stick to the prescribed paths and not to touch any of the walls, houses or people there. If this does occur, visitors are expected to pay a forfeit sum, that will cover the sacrificial slaughter of a lamb in order purify the object that has been made impure.

Malani people may touch impure people or houses as long as they follow the prescribed purification ritual before they enter their house or before they eat. Malanis may never accept food cooked by a non-Malani person, unless they are out of the valley. Malanis may offer visitors food but all utensils will have to undergo a strict purification ritual before they can be used again.

What to Do:

With unparalleled beauty, Malana offers travellers a glimpse of a village that has been left isolated since ages. Nothing in Malana is modern but it is beyond the marvels of the modern society.

Houses still bear the conventional look and so does the villagers in their mannerisms and clothing. What more, take a stroll in the Malana farms. Why?  Malana has highest quality hashish in India comes from cannabis grown in the mountains. The variety from Himachal Pradesh is considered to be excellent and “Malana cream” – a form of charas or hashish – is much sought after. Very little apart from cannabis is produced in Malana, thanks to the popularity of the hashish and the village’s inaccessibility. Residents and mules carry bare essentials to the village on an hour’s hike through narrow hill tracts to the nearest road that can be used by cars.

How to reach;

The nearest airport is Kullu which is about 25kms from this place. One has to trek to reach Malana. People trek here in groups, you can always tag along with them.
Malana is connected to Kulu by three mountain passes. The easiest way to reach Malana is from Jari, which is a two-hour drive from Kulu. From there 23 km trek takes you to Malana.

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