India has a treasury of mesmerizing places. These places have diverse traditions, cultures and heritages. We know about a lot of such mainstream places, but some of the not-so popular places have been present silently in all their glory. One such place is Malana.
As the first rays of sunlight broke over the snow-capped peaks and reached the interior of the Dragon guest house, a score of men began to stir. They had been smoking hashish and drinking whiskey all night long until the early morning hours. By the time it was noon, they lit up and began smoking again. They did not move from their places until sleep overtook them. And the cycle continued.
This is the vacation for many tourists in Malana, a tiny village amidst the lush green and shimmering snow-capped mountains of the Parvati valley, 9500 ft above sea level. Coveted as the city of the best hashish in the world, the villagers of this ancient city have been keeping several secrets to themselves. So let us, together, unravel the secrets of Malana.
Even in the time of technology and globalization, the village is untouched by the humdrum of the popular. Malana is one of the oldest standing democracies of the world, with the small village managing it’s own affairs even today.This primitive land shadowed by the majestic peaks of Chandrakhani and Deotibba h
The people here believe that the mountains make their own rules. The significance of faith is really important to these people, which is why they still ask their Devta who to vote for.The entire village votes for the person chosen by their deity. The deity’s spokesperson is called “Gur” . It is believed that Jamblu Devta either comes into the body of the spokesperson to make people know of his decision or the spokesperson dreams about it.
Malana attracts people from world over because of their quality hashish. But not many know that it was mainly used for medical purposes back in the day when it was first found. Eventually, people realized the art of rubbing cannabis leaves and producing world- class charas . And just like that, they got us hooked!Now the world knows of the sweet pleasures of the Parvati valley. Malana cream has won the Best Hashish title twice, in 1994 and 1996, at High Times magazine’s Cannabis Cup. The village is a stoners paradise branded in travel and ganja-hunting literature as the exotic and alluring “ Malana and the Magic Valley.”
No matter the popularity, the village remains entrenched in faith and customs. Since the age of the Beatles, Parvati has been the summer home for many hippies, and the mysteries of the hills never fail to allure us even today.Perhaps, that’s why everyone keeps coming back. Here, it’s not about 5 star-meals and shopping in fancy malls, because the Parvati urges you to explore it’s mysteries!