AN ADVENTURE IN MALANA

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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  1. Medha Verma

    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. yogitaamitjoshi

    Loved the video and the beauty of Malana is mesmerising..
    Loved the post😍

  3. Ella

    Malana sounds like such a strange yet interesting place to visit. Looks beautiful too 🙂

  4. findingshoe

    Id love to go to Malana. It looks gorgeous and full of culture.

    1. ansh997x

      You should add it to your travel bucket list.

  5. Travelquartz

    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.

    1. ansh997x

      Yes totally. In winters it becomes way more difficult.

  6. Marvi

    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?

  7. Flying Fluskey

    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!

  8. Alexander Popkov

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

    1. ansh997x

      Most welcome Alex.

      This is an amazing place to visit.

  9. whodoido

    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.

  10. Samah

    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!

  11. asoulwindow

    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!

    1. ansh997x

      Sure @Abhinav. Entire Parvati Valley has such hidden gems and unique tribal life worth exploring.

  12. Ara Patria

    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!!

    1. ansh997x

      Sure. Do connect if you need more information.

  13. moimehr

    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 !