This part was 3rd and the most anticipated part of my trip, cause hell yes we were going to Malana. The village of taboos. The oldest democracy in the world. Home to the people who call themselves Alexander's descendants. Hamlet of Mary Jane, a.k.a. Malana Cream, one of the most famous type of cannabis in the world. Also, last but not the least a beautiful quiet peaceful home to valleys alongside the river Malana, the Waichin valley and the Magic valley.
We got in a van from Kasol upto Malana dam. The trip was cool, we listened to a song from each person's playlist. Malana village is about 30-45 minutes from Kasol and the route gets freaking hard. The road is very narrow, only one vehicle can pass through. If two vehicles cross, one coming down and another going up, let's just say...it is disturbing and very risky; at some point some part of your vehicle is in the air. But it is also goddamn awesome.
The roads are filled with warning signs of rocks falling and you might have to wait when they fall and hope they don't fall on you. Hehe, just kidding.
No I'm not.
It is said that even when the British invaded India, they couldn't get up here to Malana and this was hence still free. Also they have more than 250 hectares of land on which they grow nothing but marijuana and even the police now cannot reach it. They go the village houses and burn their garden but that doesn't faze the villagers, cause they have a whole 250 hectares of it on the other side of the mountains.
Even the little kids try to sell you weed there, yes it is true. And there is no hesitation,no hiding it. They do it in plain sight, afraid of no one. It is a central part of their culture.
We reached Malana after some time but due to some road construction, the van couldn't go further upto the dam. So, we got down deciding to walk upto it. It was 1km from the point. The moment we saw welcome to Malana sign I almost floated with excitement. Also it started raining, so we had to find a shed and wait. There was a villager waiting with us, he told us to go to Waichin valley straight, not stop in Malana, as the home stays were not functional at that time.