Nestled between Jari and Khiksa thatch lies the village Malana. Here one can still see the oldest democracy of the world where all inhabitants of the village participate in the village administration. They have their own pattern of parliament that is Upper House (Jaistang) and Lower House (Kanishtang or Core). Jaistang has its own Executive and it works like Judiciary. If no solution comes out in the both houses , then the case is put forward to Jamalu Rishi (Devta) and then Devta decides the case through its 'Gur' and its decision is final and binding to all inhabitants of the village.The inhabitants of Malana speak a peculiar language of their own, called Kanashi, which is entirely different from Pahari of Kullu and is a mixture of aboriginal Mundari and Tibetan.
Malana is an ancient village to the north-east of Kullu Valley. This solitary village in the Malana Nala, a side valley of the Parvati Valley, is isolated from the rest of the world. The majestic peaks of Chandrakhani and Deotibba shadow the village. It is situated on a remote plateau by the side of torrential Malana River at a height of 3029 m above the sea level. Unaffected by the modern civilization, Malana has its own lifestyle and social structure. People are strict in following their customs.
Malana has a history and it goes back to Jamlu rishi (sage) who inhabited this place and made rules and regulations. It is one of the oldest democracies of the world with a well organized parliamentary system. All of this is guided by their devta (deity) Jamlu Rishi. Although Jamlu is currently identified with a sage from the Puranas, this is a relatively recent development. Jamlu is believed to have been worshipped in pre-Aryan times. Penelope Chet wood recounts a tale about an orthodox Brahmin priest, who visited Malana, and tried to educate the locals about the pedigree of their god, and what subsequently befell the hapless priest. Malana is considered to be one of the first democracies in the world. According to tradition, the residents of Malana are the descendant of Aryans, and they acquired their independence during the Mughal reign when the Emperor Akbar walked to the village in order to cure an ailment that he was afflicted with; after having been successfully cured he put out an edict stating that all the inhabitants of the valley would never be required to pay tax. An alternative tradition suggests that Malana was founded by remnants of Alexander the Great's Army.
The village has its own language of unknown origin and its own law system. This curious micro society believes to be descendents of Alexander the Great's army and along with this myth are hidden other many dark secrets. No outsiders are welcome here. Their inhabitants are known for their frostiness and staunch traditions. They have very strong and ancestral religious believers and they believe that all outsiders are extremely impure. For this reason all visitors are obliged to follow strict rules which include stick to the path at all times( only walking in the concrete path is allow), keep away from the temple, no photos allowed without strict permission and above all don't touch anybody or anything ( no their houses, their animals, their plants, their utensils, nothing). If you violate the rules you have to be punished. But this is not only what attract visitors here. As well as the natural beauty of its setting and the ancestral believes of their inhabitants, Malana small town is well known for having its own magic potion, and this is believe it or not, marihuana ( charas), known as Malana cream. And I believe is here where the truth about the visitors’ disappearances lays, as other theory suggest that many disappeared foreigners, seduced by the beauty of the place and the quality of the Malana cream may live anonymously in caves nearby.