Imagine, traveling in a valley of Marijuana! Yes, welcome to Malana, aptly called the land of Cannabis Country. Summer is round the corner and we are all looking for places to escape the heat. Hill stations are a blessing to our country.
Also, we are lucky enough to have so many hill stations to choose from. There are many Northern states in India, situated in the foothills of The Himalayas. These states have small beautiful towns which gives peace to the mind and body of the tourists during their vacation.
Himachal Pradesh is famous for its apples, valleys and snowy peaks which is one such state and queen of hills. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and is a very famous tourist attraction. But we should look further into this beautiful state and know more about the unexplored places.
One such small village is the village of Malana. It is an ancient village, a side valley of the Parvati Valley, to the North East of Kullu Valley and it is isolated from the rest of the world. There are many legends attached to the hilly village.
It is believed that the Malani people are the descendants of Greek soldiers of Alexanderâ€™s army. However, this legend has been disputed because the Malani people are of Indo-Aryan origin who are associated with South Asian rather than Greek origin. They also have a different language than the rest of the valley. Locals claim this place to be the oldest democracy in the world.
Malana is very peaceful and the people live in their own style totally untouched by outer civilisation. Many foreigners also visit Malana to get away from the hustle-bustle of their busy lives. Since it is the Cannabis Country, it attracts many youngsters from all over India and the world.
There are many adventure activities that can be done. Starting from trekking, camping, mountaineering to bonfire in the evening.
Malana, the land of Cannabis Country is a very pocket friendly destination. You have to stay in Jari and the visit Malana. Parvati River Cottage is a good option to fit your budget. It is a small cottage that offers rooms to travellers and it will make you feel like home. You will get a great view from the cottage and it is about 7 kilometres away from Malana.
It will cost you only Rupees 2,400 for three nights. Isnâ€™t that great? There is another great option. You could camp in Kasol and head over to Malana for a day. Kasol is also a famous tourist destination and you would not regret visiting Kasol and Malana at the same time. It is only 7.8 kilometres away.
Camping in Kasol for three nights will cost Rs 18,000 which is quite reasonable if you are going with a huge group of friends or family.
So this Spring, head to Kasol and Malana. Drown yourself in the nature away from the city and learn how the locals live. It is always exciting to experience new lifestyles.
March and April are the best months to visit any hill station. The spring is so pleasant that you would not like to return back home.
(C) Sneha Choudhury