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

 

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Kunzum Pass – Majestic Gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valleys.

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Kunzum Pass is a name among the several high altitude passes amidst the Himalayan peaks. It lies at a height of 4,590 m or 15,060 ft and offers a stunning view of numerous Chandra-Bhaga range peaks at the top. The Kunzum Pass separates Spiti and Lahaul Valley and is situated at a higher altitude than Rohtang Pass. It is one of the most popular and widely used passes by tourists visiting Lahaul, Spiti, and Manali.

This pass remains open merely 3 to 4 months in a year from late June to late September or early October. It is at an approximate distance of 95 kilometers from Kaza, headquarters of Spiti valley, and 125 kilometers from Manali.

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The Bara – Sigri glacier, which is the world’s 2nd longest glacier, is another major attraction of the place. The pass even offers an inspiring and enthralling view of the surroundings. Adventure lovers can even trek on the Kunzum Pass.

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At the top of the pass lies a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga and it is considered auspicious to do parikrama of the temple and get blessings before going further in the journey. It is actually quite a sight at the top with beautiful and colorful Buddhist flags fluttering amidst the snow capped peaks. A little further from the top, towards Batal, lies the 14 kilometers long road to the beautiful and mesmerizing Chandrataal. There is also a 9 kilometers trek to Chandrataal from the top of Kunzum Pass.

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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.

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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.

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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,