NEVER BEEN TO…MALANA

Business Traveller (India) - - UPFRONT -

THE AN­CIENT VIL­LAGE is sit­u­ated in Hi­machal Pradesh, 45km north of the pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion — Kullu.

is is also the near­est air­port to Malana. Lo­cals rmly be­lieve that the lit­tle set­tle­ment is one of the old­est democ­ra­cies in the world, un­der the guid­ance of late sage Jamlu. He was the rst few to in­habit the place.

To date, the vil­lage has its own sys­tem of gov­er­nance that in­volves the teach­ings of Jamlu, presided over by the vil­lage elders. e moun­tain peo­ple are self-su cient and work hard at keep­ing the pu­rity of this “un­touched” green plateau. In­ter­net is but spo­radic here, if at all, as is cell phone re­cep­tion.

Lux­ury prop­er­ties haven’t opened in Malana yet; home­style lodg­ings and well-kept guest­houses run by lo­cals are the ac­com­mo­da­tion types here. Adding to the “trip” is Malana Cream that is known for its uniquely su­pe­rior qual­ity, made from lo­cally grown cannabis.

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