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Malana now open to rural tourism
Malana, a tiny village in Parvati Valley of Kullu district, notorious for its best quality cannabis and flourishing drug trade, now wants to be known for better reasons.

Responding to the state government's proposal of rural tourism, the village's 'parliament' and the local deity has allowed people to throw open their houses to tourists for food and lodging.

Thrilled babus in the tourism development department term this as an indication that the village is finally ready to come out of time warp.

An alternate to drug peddling, tourism is being touted as the next best lucrative option, especially for youngsters. The village is located in one of the most picturesque valleys of Himachal.

Hostility shown by villagers in the past has earlier thwarted attempts but babus, at the helm of affairs, are optimistic.

"The proposal has been accepted by both the lower and upper house of village parliament," said Rakesh Kapoor, assistant commissioner, Kullu. As per ancient tradition, all matters, including judicial, are solved by the village's parliament, acknowledged to be the oldest surviving democracy in the world.

A law unto itself, the matter once decided by the parliament, is ratified by the 'divine power'.

Priest of the temple of Jamlu Devta acts as a mediator between man and God and after communion pronounces the decision to the villagers.

The rural tourism proposal was given a green signal by Jamlu Devta recently.