Malana Valley, Manali
The valley in Manali can be reached from the Parbatti Valley, either from Manikaran over the 3150-metre Rashol Pass or from Jari which is connected with the Kullu valley by a jeep track and is only 12 km from Malana. The people living in this village in Manali speak a peculiar dialect with strong Tibetan elements. It's an isolated village with its own system of government and a caste structure so rigid that it's forbidden for visitors to touch either the people or any of their possessions. It's very important to respect this custom wait at the edge of the village for an invitation to enter.