Reach the entrance gate from where you can begin trekking to the village. It will take you about a total of 1 to 1.5 hours which involves going downhill, crossing a bridge and then again climbing up a mountain to reach the next one. Overlooking the Deotibba and Chandrakhani peaks, you will soon enter the isolated village with its own set of rules.
Things To Do:
1. Talk to the local villagers. Get to know an altogether new culture.
2. The trek to the village is a scenic route. You can take lots of photographs on your way.
3. Simply watch the happy kid's play around and get in touch with your own childhood.
4. Enjoy stunning views of the Malana valley from the village.
Super Important Tips:
1. Do not touch or step on stones that look like they are prayed to. I stepped on one of such stones, and the little kids asked me to say sorry to the "devta". The kids were really friendly though and kept on saying "choona mat".
2. If you unintentionally touch anything then you will be charged a fine (approx. around INR 5000).
3. Carry some snacks to eat and lots of water to drink. You will find very minimal eating options here. There are no shops on the trekking route.
4. PLEASE DO NOT LITTER AND SAY NO TO PLASTIC! This beautiful village is already drowning in waste, all thanks to the tourists, so please make sure you are a responsible traveler.
Can you stay at the Malana village?
You cannot stay in the village. Though, you can stay at campsites a little further than the main village.
Waterfall View Café and Camping
Cost for 2: INR 1000 per night (subjective to change as per the above property).
Go to Malana if you are looking to witness a new culture, as this village is much more than the plants (also misused as drugs) that grow in their soil.
If you have visited Malana before, tell your stories in the comments below. I would love to know more about this village. 🤩