It is said that when Alexander arrived in India in an attempt to add the subcontinent to his conquests, a group from his army fled to the hills. They established their community in Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh and shut the world from entering. Today, the village and the descendants of these soldiers live in a tiny village of Parvati Valley or so it is said. The village is called Malana and it takes nearly 3 hours to reach the village on foot.

The inhabitants of Malana have strange customs. They won’t let you touch their houses or their temples and consider themselves on a higher social status than you. The main livelihood of these villagers is growing the famous hashish, Malana Cream.

I have visited Malana almost 10 times. One such trek to Malana was done under snowfall and six feet of snow in the route. You can check the video below to know more.


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29 thoughts on “AN ADVENTURE IN MALANA

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  1. It’s an interesting video, I love exploring hidden little villages, especially in scenic places like this. I am curious to know why you’ve visited Malana 10 times, is there a reason for it?

  2. Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh is not a major tourist spot but becoming famous recently. I saw the video for the first time in your post, knowing it requires 3 hours trek and it seems rustic, its not an easy place to reach I believe.

  3. What an interesting place to visit.. I’ve never heard of Malana and it’s so great that you were able to visit it. And 10 times! Wow.. Was your visit a guided tour?

  4. That trek looks stunning. It does look freezing though! What did you do when you got to the village? SUrely the walk back would have been tricky if you had tried that hashish!

  5. I would love to take this trek. Interesting and unusual landscapes and the village. Lovely video

  6. The trek to Malana through snow looked fairly challenging. A 3 hour trek to the village is worthwhile. Would love to visit Malana one day. It’s fascinating to learn about the Malana customs and their livelihood.

  7. Wow I’ve never heard of Malana or its people, but it sounds very intriguing. I’m going to have to look into this, thanks for putting it on my radar. Beautiful video btw!

  8. I have heard a lot about Malana. The descendents of Alexander has made it famous. I would love to visit this place to experience the local culture. Its quite bizarre and interesting!

  9. Wow!!!!! This is really awesome!!!! I would like to go here. Your post seems to be very convincing that makes me want to go there now! Best of luck to us! Happy travels!!

  10. I loved that story out there ! I will admit I haven’t before heard of any such village. But the fact that you have been there ten times, I must plan it atleast once. That’s a lovely video out there. Will be of much help when we visit this place. I too like to take the path less travelled, so looking forward to more such hidden gems in future from you. It was a good read and watch. Keep it up !

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