Malana village has recently become so popular in international stoners’ culture that every person wants to visit this little Greece in Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh. Located at the interior summits of Kullu valley below Chanderkhani pass, at an altitude of 276 meters above sea level, Malana is so surreal and calm that one has to rub his eyes to believe that it actually exists.
This place has different identity for different people, for some it is a paradise and for some it is the place where you get the world’s best hashish or marijuana.
Recently the local deity of Malana that is Jamu devta has recited his orders of closing all tourist guest houses and home stays in Malana in order to prevent the culture and tradition of the place.
According to Hindustan times
“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 HT on the phone.
Government has successively tried from number of years to prevent Malanis from trading cannabis or the famous Malana cream. This cream is recognized as one of the best marijuana strains in the world and the reasons are many. Malana cream is extracted from cannabis plant which is named as Indica.
Adapted to the Himalayan climate these plants pertain the property of being wind resistant and rain resistant which adds further to the quality of cream. But the real fact is that due to such terrain and location the only cash crop that can be easily cultivated is cannabis. potatoes etc are also cultivated but that provide a very low share to the economy of the village. So it become necessity of the villagers to cultivate marijuana in the region.
What Does the Ban means?
If you are thinking that tourists are banned from entry in Malana than you are absolutely wrong because that has not happened yet. The Devta has only ordered for the ban of local properties which were hosting tourists for stay in the village.
So if you are planning a trip to Malana the only thing which you need to keep in mind is that, you can’t stay for the night. So you need to plan early in the morning so that you can return well in time from the “Little Greece” in the Himalayas.