10 Best Places to visit in Malana: A Hermit Village of Himachal Pradesh 

10 Best Places to visit in Malana: A Hermit Village of Himachal Pradesh 

Malana has many secrets that it has kept with themself. We know it’s more like an open secret and this very feature makes the village very famous. The place grows Indian finest weed. Malana is famous for ‘Malana cream,’ a strain of hashish cannabis with high oil content and an intense aroma of fragrance. But did you know that the Malana cream in the Amsterdam menu is the most expensive hashish too?. The place is also famous for thought that Malana’s people think about themselves.

They find themselves descendants of Alexander the Great and even today their form of local court represents the ancient Greek structure. Some soldiers from Alexander ‘s army are thought to have taken refuge here after being injured in a war against Punjab ‘s king, Porus.

In this blog, we will tell you the 10 best places to visit in Malana. Malani’s speak Kanashi, their own language which is autochthonous and has no script. Kuluhi speaks for the majority of the Kullu valley. Malani’s know Kuluhi and use it to interact with other villagers but Kanashi is not understood by outsiders. This is perhaps the most significant marker, labelling all non-Malani’s as aliens, rendering the encircling mountain range higher for a shield. Yet only 500-odd Malani’s speak Kanashi today, and the barriers are rapidly crumbling.

It was practically inaccessible when the Welsh anthropologist Colin Rosser came to Malana in 1952 and published his seminal paper about the hermit settlement. Once the snow had melted he had to walk 45 km from Nagar via the pass between the Chanderkhani and Deo Tibba peaks.

The gap has narrowed to this very day. Kasol to Malana distance is now only 21km & from Manali to Malana distance is only 84km. From Kasol a jeep will take you for the first 18 kilometres, and then you will go uphill. But it is still difficult climbing the frost-hardened slopes. Malana is situated at 8,700 feet on a narrow plateau, high on one side of a wild and remote glen that overhangs the Parvati River in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu Valley. The Malana Nullah, flowing through the valley, comes from Deo Tibba, the 20,000-foot, a snow-covered mountain that overhangs the village and the glen.

Also today, in winter and during the rains, it’s a daunting challenge of Malana village trek over snow and slush. Rockfalls and loose hurtling boulders are commonplace and strengthen the isolation caused by geography and geology. This profound sense of isolation is crucial to the survival of the Malana culture, shunning the outside world. A solitary existence in a tangle of high mountains meant that once Malana had complete freedom, even from the government. Know about the most astonishing places to visit in Malana:

 

1. Temple Jamadagni

It is a popular religious place for Malana people. Considered a true masterpiece of architectural design and imagination as it seeks the attention of devotees as well as visitors for its creation from the sole use of wood and stone. The intricate designs on this temple’s exterior walls give it a whole rustic look. It is therefore very aesthetically pleasing to be standing in the middle of it. Located in the centre of the village and surrounded by the lush greenery of the landscape, its backdrops as the Himalayan Range’s snow-capped peaks look amazing, particularly during the winter. 

Timings: After nightfall, nobody is permitted to come near the temple

How to get there: It’s a small village and any locals can guide you in the direction of this temple so you can walk up here.

Things to do: Admire the architecture and take your soul inside the peacefulness of this sacred place.

 

2. The Chanderkhani

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This Himalayan peak overshadows the tribal village of Malana & has a very amazing view of nature. It is known most popularly for trekking. It’s also considered one of India’s finest paths. A part of this trek is the crossing of lush green valleys, stumbling over traditionally built homes, flower-bedded meadows and meandering rivers. Nothing else will give you a safe experience of an adventure than this one here. Which is why performing a truly daunting adventure act in Malana remains one of the best places to explore in Malana.

Distance from Malana: 5-6 Km

Best Time to Visit: From May to June and from October to November.

Options of Stays: Small houses and guesthouses are available in Malana for rent.

Things to Do: Adventurous Trekking and camping.

 

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3. The Hampta Pass

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The Hampta Pass is situated at an altitude of 4333 meters and offers a wide range of beautiful landscapes. The Hampta Pass can be a treat for the eyes, because of its dense trees, rivers, deep blue lakes, open and sparse lands. It can be an exhilarating experience that enriches a traveller’s heart and soul.

Distance from Malana: 12 Km.

Best time to visit: June to September

Stuff to do: sightseeing, trekking, fishing, biking, mountain climbing.

 

4. Renuka Devi Shrine Temple

This temple is located in the dense mountains in the lower Malana area. Archaeologists from all over India tend to flock to examine its special and most complex woodworks. Tourists come here to discover the beauty and richness of its architecture. A strong chunk of devotees worships at the cum shrine in the temple. The bones of animals mounted on the temple’s outer walls. They are charming and remain at the centre of attention. Observing them will make you understand and help you gain an insight into the lifestyles and cultural learnings of the popular masses in Malana. This temple is one of the famous tourist spots in 10 best places to visit in Malana.

How to reach: The only option is a very easy little trek.

 

5. Manikaran 

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It is a small town located between the Beas and Parvati rivers. It is at 1760 m above sea level. The town has many magnificent temples where various Hindu deities are installed. They draw many pilgrims from all over India. Aside from pilgrimage identity, it remains one of the most popular places to visit in Malana due to its hot springs. And, such springs are also considered to have medicinal effects.

Distance from Malana: 25 Km.

Best visiting time: January, February, and December.

Stuff to do: sightseeing, trekking, rafting, worshipping and camping.

 

6. The Deo Tibba Mountain

The peak dominates the backdrop of the tribal village of Malana. As an offbeat but one of Malana’s top places to visit, it remains the most popular place to hike and camp, although most of it is still unexplored. The trail offers enchanting views under the snow-covered mountains of the meadows, rugged terrains, trees, lakes … Apart from the Deo Tibba, there is also another Himalayan peak here called the Indrasan, which makes the surroundings even more charming along with the Jagatsukh glacier. This mountain is very famous in the 10 best places to visit in Malana.

Distance from Malana:  12 Km.

Best Time to Visit: June to September.

Things to do: Trekking, camping, sightseeing and hiking.

 

7. The Great Himalayan National Park

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Surrounded by the Jiw, Sainj and Tirthan Rivers, this National Park is famous for its riverine forests, meadows, valleys and white peaks. For different reasons, it is also one of the best places to visit in Malana. The National Park has the collection of numerous plant species and about 375 animal species. Among the exotic animals found here are snow leopard, Musk Deer, Bharal, Himalayan Tahr …

Distance from Malana: 32 km approx.

Best time to visit: April through June, and November from October.

Things to do: camping, exploring the natural beauty and wildlife, hiking and rafting.

 

8. Tosh

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The Tosh Trek takes you on a beautiful journey through the Parvati Valley, deep inside the Himalayas. Tosh is in the Parvati Valley, near Kasol in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, at an altitude of around 2.400 m (7.874 ft). The 20 km distance from Kasol to Tosh is easily traversed by around an hour and a half long-short trek. It is an increasingly popular tourist spot, located along the river Tosh. Tosh, believed to be a land blessed by Lord Shiva, is dwarfed by the imposing mountains that surround it and situated at the heart of the Himachal Pradesh Parvati Hydel Project.

This magnificent trekking opportunity is marked as a simple grade trek, maintaining a gentle incline and decline throughout! The Tosh village is considered one of India’s most enchanting trekking destinations.

The sight of the snow-capped mountains, rising in the distance, and the cold air that hits your face is a clear reminder that you are no longer in town. This peaceful trek takes you through the forests near Tosh to the roaring Tosh Waterfall, where you can relax while soaking your feet by the cold, clear water. The weather in Tosh will differ considerably depending on the season. In my opinion, tosh will be ranked at 1 in the 10 best places to visit in Malana.

Distance from Malana: About 40-45 km.

Best Time to Visit: It is very beautiful and quiet all year long. Each season has its beauty in Tosh.

Things to Do: Sightseeing, adventurous sports, trekking and camping.

 

9. Kheerganga

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Kheerganga Trek (Khir Ganga) is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Himachal Pradesh, at an altitude of about 2950 m. Located deep within the Parvati Valley, Kheerganga offers a variety of unforgettable adventures to trekkers! The origin of Kheerganga is said to date back thousands of years when it was the residence of Lord Shiva. Kheerganga Trek temperature varies across seasons! In the winters, the weather can get extremely cold, with snow covering the landscape. In summers, i.e., late May or early June, the temperature will rise to 20-30 degrees during the days. Nevertheless, winter temperatures reach negative, and snowfall is normal.

The trekker can opt to do the trek at any time of the year according to his or her weather choice and the trek is an enticing prospect in all weather conditions, for all months, whether in December or May. It is a fast, simple trek that even beginners can embark on. The total distance covered throughout the trek is 26 km, and the terrain remains a gentle incline or decline throughout, although in some sections it is slightly steeper. It can easily cover in 1-2days.

Distance from Malana: About 44-48 km

Best Time to Visit: From January to March and November, December

Things to Do: Trekking and Camping in the beautiful mountains.

 

10. Parvati Valley

This ethereally beautiful valley extends to a series of villages around Barshani with glorious views over 5000 m of Himalayan peaks across touristy, forest-ringed Kasol and the busy if grubby little pilgrim hot-springs town of Manikaran. Places such as Pulga and Kalga are main stops for young Israeli travelers on the pre-Goa ‘hummus trail,’ while Kasol and Tosh are attracting increasingly young Indian travelers and weekends. There are plenty of hippie/backpacker hang-outs in the valley, with inexpensive lodging, foreign food and music at nonstop. At the very odd village of Malana, the well-deserved reputation for charas (hashish) is most noted. Even the police do detect drug searches.

Distance from Malana: 40-45 km

How to Reach: You can trek or hire a cab or take the buses 

Best Time to Visit: Summers and Springs are the best time to visit this place. It gets too much snow in the winters and makes the valley inaccessible thus avoid during winters to go to this place.

 

Don’t miss the above-mentioned places in Malana. Plan a trip to Malana after this Coronavirus phase and let us know what place you found the most amazing!!

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