ahead of the beautiful Chandra Khanni pass lies a tiny village
of Malana, which is famous for the temple of Jamlu and its distinct
and fully reserved social and cultural setup. The wonder might
strike out from here to the solitary Malana pass and village.
The people of Malana are
rough and tough. The villagers not only survive in these conditions,
but live quite happily. There are nearly 1100 persons in the
village and the population is growing steadily.
Day 01 : Manali Rumsu
After 24 Kms drive we reach Nagar. Delightfully situated
on a wooded slope and commanding an extensive view of the valley,
it is famous for its temples, ancient caste and the Roerich
Art Gallery. After short walk we reach Rumsu. Overnight in tents.
Day 02 : Rumsu Chandrakhani 9 Kms
The legend says that thousands of years ago, Jamlu
(Presiding deity of Malana) was carrying a basket containing
gods of Kullu. On the top of the pass when he opened the casket,
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. A striking view of Deo Tibba overlooking the Malana
glen and other snow crowned giants on the Spiti border is obtainable.
Overnight in tents.
Day 03 : Chandrakhani
Malana 8 Kms.
Malana comprises two villages about a hundred yards
apart. Village containing temple buildings is considered sacred
and no one wearing leather shoes is allowed within its precincts.
People of Malana are rough and tough. Their village lies on
top of a mountain about 10,500 ft. above sea level completely
cut off from the rest of the state. For six to eight months
a year, the area is snow bound and inaccessible making farming
and sheep rearing their main livelihood impossible to carry
out. Overnight in tents.
Day 04 : Malana Rashol 19 Kms.
Today it is tiring walk but panoramic too. A wonderful
view of Pin Parvati range of mountains. Overnight in tents.
Day 05 : Rashol Kashol 9 Kms.
Charmingly camping site. A broad expanse of clean white
sand, a striking view of aiguilles. Overnight in tents.
Day 06 : Kashol Jari 10 Kms. Bhuntar 12 Kms.
Nestles on a hill side shelf well above the Parvati
River, clean comfortable and Welcome resting place. There is
also dusty motorable road from Jari to Kashol. It is located
on Manikaran road. Confluence of the Beas and Parvati, a heavy
volume of laden grey water. Above on a projecting bluff is the
site of the most striking temple (Bijli Mahadev). From Bhuntar
one can stay overnight in Kullu or drive to Manali which is