Trivia / Himachal Pradesh

The villagers of Malana do not touch any outsiders since they believe that they have pure _____ genes.

  1. Aryan
  2. Himalayan
  3. Mughal

Aryan

The villagers of Malana believe that they have pure Aryan genes and that they are descendants of Alexander the Great’s soldiers. Outsiders aren’t allowed to touch them or their belongings without their permission, as they consider themselves superior. Tourists are not even allowed to enter temples or stay overnight, a measure adopted by the villagers to protect the culture of the village.

The shopkeepers refrain from taking money directly from your hand or handing over the goods to you. They will ask you to place the money on the counter to avoid any physical contact. In case, they come into any physical contact, they will rush to take a bath.

The residents, speak Kanashi, a language considered to be sacred and outsiders aren’t allowed to use the same. The language does not resemble any of the dialects spoken in the neighbouring villages and is said to be a mixture of Sanskrit and several Tibetan Dialects.

Malana is also famous for its “Malana Cream”, a strain of Cannabis hashish, which is considered one of the best types of hashish in the world.