An Offbeat Holiday Location in India: Malana

Malana is an ideal destination for a weekend gateway from the hustles and bustles of a normal tedious town life.

Malana is located at an altitude of 3029 m on top of sea level, on the banks of the torrential Malana River. Situated near the Kullu Valley, Malana provides mesmerising scenery of the Deo Tiba and Chandrakhani mountains. The inhabitants of the place are less and the local language here is ‘Kanashi’, which is apparently a combination of Sanskrit and Tibetan ‘languages’. The lifestyle of the citizens is simple as Malana is untouched by the charm of the town life.


Malana is assumed to be one of the earliest democracies in the world. According to custom, the citizens of Malana are the infant of Aryans, and they obtained their freedom during the Mughal rule when Emperor Akbar stepped to the town in order to treat an illness that he was affected with; after having been efficiently treated he put out an edict nevertheless all the inhabitants of the valley would never be needed to pay tax. An alternate custom shows that Malana was established by remnants of Alexander the Great’s Army.

Best Time To Visit

Due to its place in the Himalayan area, the town has an extreme climate. Summer season is the best time to visit the place as you can enjoy this time there. Early May to Aug is the best time to visit there. This is when summer time year event occurs.

How To Reach

Malana is well connected with the Kullu valley by three mountain passes. It can be reached from Parvati Valley, Manikaran after a 10-hour travel over the 3180-meter high Rashol pass, or via Nagar over the 3600-meter high beautiful Chanderkhani pass, which is a two-day travel. The most convenient and quickest way to reach Malana is from the town Jari linked with Kullu valley. It is an easy and attractive travel of six hours to Malana, which is only 12 km from here. Beautiful falls and the Malana nallah stream are an inspiration. The nearest Airport terminal is at Buntar, which is 13 km away from Jari.

Things to do in Malana:

  • You can see Snow-capped Himalayan Mountains from Chanderkhani pass. Also, see the elegance of Kheer Ganga valley.
  • Trekking through Alpine forests
  • Enjoying hot water spring at Manikaran, which is a place of trust.
  • Experience the local culture and take part in the event at Malana town.

Malana Weather

One can discover the elegance of Malana during the summer season as the area is enjoyable and beneficial enough at that time to visit.


There are a very few foods choices in Malana. There are a few outside eateries or ‘dhabas’ where you can get chai and some local foods made by the local villagers. The foodstuff adds most delightful dal and grain to mouth-watering butter ‘rotis’ or Indian bread – Peas and Rice are available in most restaurants and they also provide veggie foods while some villagers provide non – veggie foods in the few of guesthouses that exist there.

Where to stay

In this culturally sound town of around 200 homes, it is better to socialise with some of the villagers and adhere to them in small shelf made guesthouses. The price will modify according to  your connection with them but a quotation of about 100 Rs a day to keep like many small villages in the mountains of Himachal. One can also use a tent and go outside for camping around the village. There are no famous guesthouses as there is not much travel and leisure around these places due to its esoteric place.


The village of Malana has its own rituals and belief. Apart from their never-ending faith on Lord Shiva, they suppose in their Devta , Jamlu Rishi. It is said that the sage from the Puranas once populated the area and set the basis of the democracy, which still performs as a completely efficient parliamentary system.

Malana is made up of upper and lower Malana – Dhara Beda and Sor Beda. Most of the people living here are Rajputs besides a few Lohars and Julahas. The Malanis play a cube game known as Panji.

The regional homes are exponentially increasing fabled. They keep their livestock and decayed plant material in the reduced section known as khidang. The second storey, known as gaying, has all their rations, timber and made of wool for weaving. The top storey, known as pati, has a terrace and is where-where they remain.

The well-known Malana Cream is a medicine that comes from this valley. Weed places are plentiful in the mountains around.

At Malana, you could check out the Mai Mandir which is s honour to the spouse of sage Jamlu. This temple can be found beneath a shrub. There are guest homes, on the borders, for guest and trekkers who come to Malana.

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