Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Below the Chandrakhani Pass of the Kullu Valley lies the Village of Malana, a small community of tribal people who have a unique culture and their very own government, being the first known democracy.

Stories reveal how the Greeks under Alexander the Great penetrated as far as Malian village where few soldiers who were left behind from his army intermarried and developed a new and different society called Malana Village Society.

Marriage system in Malana is not so strict like Hindu marriage. No one really marries in the village in the sense that if a boy or a girl develop a liking for each other during the holy village festival, the boy has to pay Rs 20/- to their holy temple. Multiple marriage is the norm and therefore divorce is unknown. There is no age barrier for marriage. A 17 year old boy can marry a 40 year old woman.

The village has its own laws. There has never been police in Malana village and they do not have any respect for outside authority. The village has been divided into two zones for judicial purposes. One is higher court like Supreme Court, which is headed, by the Head Priest and another is Lower Court is headed for the settlement of the minor disputes. At the center of the village is a 816mts platform made out of stone, which is known as the Supreme Court.

Legend has it that Akbar’s men snatched 02 coins from certain pilgrims who had brought coins from Malana and as a result, Akbar’s treasury got polluted and he developed Leprosy. Akbar personally wanted to pay homage to the God Jamlu at Malana and sent his own image along with two coins in question. This image can still be seen in the temple.

The unique geographical location of this village with its ecological diversity enables the people to preserve its biodiversity.

A trek through this region provides excellent photo opportunities, is an ideal spot for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

The Moderate 04 days trek and one-day jeep journey starts at Naggar, a short drive from Manali, on the left bank of the river Beas. Care and respect for local custom is essential as one treks through this village with its very reserved social culture.


REGION: Manali, Naggar, Jari Road-ahead and Parvati valley.

SEASON: June to end October
MAX. ALTITUDE: (3600m.)
NO. OF DAYS: 4 DAYS trek and one day journey, Jari to Manali.

HIGH PASSES: Over 01 moderate pass - Chanderkhani (3600m.).
GRADING: A reasonable degree of physical fitness is needed for this trek.
Day 01: Manali Rumsu (2600m.) Trek begins at Naggar 3 hrs. Manali to Naggar by jeep and it is 21 km from Manali. Delightfully situated on a wooded slope and commanding an extensive view of the valley, it is famous for its temples, ancient castle, and the Roerich Art Gallery.

Day 02: Rumsu-Nauya Tapru (below Chanderkhani pass) 3hrs. According to legend thousands of years ago, Jamlu (presiding deity of Malana) was carrying a basket containing Gods of Kullu. When he opened the casket on top of the pass, a very strong wind blew the gods all over Kullu valley to their present abodes. Since then the valley is known as “the valley of Gods”.

Day 03: Nauya Tapru-Malana (2651m.) 4hrs trek. On the top of Chanderkhani Pass one can have a striking view of Deo Tibba overlooking the Malana glen and other snow crowned giants on the Spiti border. Malana comprises two villages about a hundred yards apart. The temple building is considered sacred & no one wearing leather shoes is allowed within its precincts.

Day 04: Malana - Malana dam (Road-Ahead) (1524m.) 4hrs.trek. Today’s trek descends down to Jari in a zig – zag way. A wonderful view of Pin Parvati range of mountains can be seen. 4hrs.journey by jeep or car.

Trek concluded.

What is included
Sleeping bags
Porters – It also depend at what time of the year you are going for trek and what is the current condition. Some time there is snow so the mules cannot be taken. In such conditions we have to take porters.

What to bring

Warm clothes
Windproof jacket
Trekking Shoes
Water Bottle

Best months - April-May-June-September-October

Other activities that can combined

Photography Workshop

Want to book this package? Here are contact details:

Tel.: 91 11 45190000

Mobile: 09811004344

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