Kheerganga – Gifted Abode for Natural Hot water Springs

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Parvati Valley is situated in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. From the confluence of the Parvati River with the River Beas, the Parvati Valley runs eastwards, through a steep-sided valley from the town of Bhuntar, in the Kullu valley. The valley offers beautiful view of Parvati River and the Glacier of Lahaul Spiti. The valley echoes of mystical power of nature and has lot to offer to the travelers.

Kheerganga is situated in Parvati Valley at a distance of 22 km from Manikaran. Kheerganga or Kheer Ganga as the name suggest is Ganga River ( the Ganges River) as White as a Kheer (an Indian sweet dish made from milk and Rice) The name Kheerganga came due to the milky waters of the river flowing in all its vastness and its streams flowing into Parvati valley from all sides of the mountain.

For Khirganga, one has to go by motor-able road up to a place called ‘Barshaini’ and from there to Khirganga on foot. This trek leads through hilly terrain. This is the place where ‘Kartik Ji’, the elder son of ‘Lord Shiva’ remained in ‘housands of years.

KheerGanga remains snow-covered during winters and only gets temporary settlement during summers which make is a perfect hide-out for those who want to smoke weed, hash etc. without any concern…… Cheap and safer staircase to heaven… The natural hot-water-spring experience is something that you will remember for a lifetime..

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The trek is very pleasant and offers some exhilarating views. The vegetation changes dramatically and opens up into a flatland that is graced by the occasional tent, the few guest houses and cafes and the temple premises which also comprises of the hot water spring.

KheerGanga is known for hot water stream which flows beneath the temple of Lord Shiva. Temple is highly revered hence alcohol is not permitted in KheerGanga however other kind of Intoxication are in surplus. There is well made pool to bathe in the hot water stream and water is really hot.

 

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Malana – Local Deity Orders The Closure of all Guest Houses and Restaurants in the Village

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The ancient village Malana, home of  the famous Malana Cream cannabis, is also a famously guarded village with its own traditions, culture and parliament.  Malana in Himachal Pradesh, famous for its premium quality hashish, may be off limits for tourists as the village’s presiding deity, during a ‘parliament’ meet, ordered the closure of all guest houses and restaurants in the region. ‘to protect’ local culture and traditions.

The deity’s diktat came on the heels of a meeting of the village’s own ’parliament’ which concluded that outsiders thronging their village were a threat to their culture. The ‘parliament’ comprises an upper house called Jayeshthang and a lower house called Kanishthang. Villagers invoked Jamlu after the ‘parliament’ met.

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Villagers in Malana invoke Jamlu through a chosen medium – in this case an oracle, who then conveys to them what the deity ‘said.’ Devotes believe Jamlu responds to all kinds of queries.

“The deity did not want any of the villagers to rent out their property for running guest houses and restaurants. He has forbidden everyone from doing this, and those violating his orders will have to bear the brunt of his curse,” Malana panchayat pradhan Bhagi Ram told.

Inhabitants of Malana known as the Malanis have a distinctive dialect called Kanashi, which is different from the others spoken in the Kullu region. Malana is an isolated village in the Parvati Valley and its reclusive inhabitants are said to be descendants of soldiers of Alexander’s army.

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A few months back, the village had banned photography because villagers felt that visitors clicking pictures were portraying Malana as a hub of narco-tourism.

“It’s unfortunate that cannabis trade has defamed our village. People of this village have their own culture and beliefs

Malana managed to preserve its culture due to two factors: devotion to Devta Jamlu and its geographical isolation. Now both are getting diluted due to the Malana hydro project and mobile telephony. Their devotion to the devta is keeping them together, but how long will it be before it becomes a cosmetic ritual

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Traditionally, inhabitants of this land-locked village used to make baskets, ropes and slippers from hemp. But in the late 1980s, the visiting foreigners taught the villagers to extract the intoxicating resin from cannabis.

Though successive governments have tried to wean the villagers away from narcotic trade, there is no other cash crop to rival cannabis in Malana. The maize and potatoes grown by the villagers do not fetch handsome returns

 

Article VIA: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/hasish-village-malana-s-deity-orders-restaurants-guest-houses-shut-to-save-culture/story-LBj0YA3NtbrdGmJEln2w1J.html

Gushaini – Village in Tirthan Valley & Trout Country

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Rich in tradition and biodiversity, the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh, India is blessed with incredible natural beauty and world-class recreational facilities, friendly locals and spectacular panoramic views of snow clad mountains.

Tirthan Valley is easily one of the most breathtaking places in all of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), this beautiful untouched valley is located right next to the Tirthan river. Spring is easily the best time to go, with blooming flowers all around.

Gushaini is a small village in Tirthan Valley. It is prettily located on the banks of the pristine Tirthan River and has lots of greenery. The village has a happy vibe with rustic wooden buildings and smiling kids running in its bylanes. Gushaini is the gateway for treks in Tirthan Valley and is hardly 10 km away from Banjar. The confluence of Tirthan and Flachan river is a sight worth visiting and is quite close to Gushaini.

Nicknamed Trout Country because of the abundance of Trout fishes found in the Tirthan river, makes Gushaini a great place for fishing. Besides, for those tourists whose idea of the perfect holiday is camping and spending time in the lap of mother nature, Gusahini offers the perfect escape. One can set up a portable tents on the banks of the river to enjoy a vacation of solitude and self searching with the melodious music of the flowing water in the background to rejuvenate them.

About 20 km from here, is situated The Great Himalayan National Park where one can find a huge variety of flora and fauna since the denizens of the park include a good 30 species of mammals and 300 species of birds. A walk into the park by the way of cedar woods is highly recommended and is sure to make one’s trip memorable.

Enclosed by the Great Himalayan National Park with flowing rivers, lush green valleys and lakes, Tirthan Valley–one of the most beautiful places in Himachal,