Malari – A Hidden Paradise in Himalayas
Malari - A Hidden Paradise in Himalayas
Malari is a village situated on Indo-China border in the state of Uttarakhand. It is inhabited by Indo-Mongolian tribe known as Bhotias. There are other tribes as well around Malari village known as Tolchas and Marchhas which live in surrounding and upper villages respectively. It lies in the Dhauli Ganga Valley of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The nearest tehsil is Joshimath in Chamoli district, situated at a distance of 60 kms from the village.
Malari is one of the few locations left in India which can still be considered as unexplored by normal tourists.
How to reach:
The nearest airport is Dehradun, situated at a distance of 354 kms. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, at a distance of 316 kms.
There is no or very few public transports available for Malari and hence you must take your own vehicle. The road condition is not good due to frequent landslides in this area. But thanks, to Malari battalion as they are always there to help in case of any emergency.
What to do:
The ride through the valley is something anyone would enjoy there. The river Dhauli Ganga flowing alongside all the time adds to the beauty. There are places to trek that one can explore there. Niti is the last village and is situated at a distance of 18 kms from Malari.
One can experience the culture and rustic way of life of the tribals of Malari. It is one of the remotest village in Uttarakhand.
Inner Line Permit: One must obtain Inner Line Permit at the DM office in Joshimath. DM office is located in the market of Joshimath and takes around the whole day to get the permit. Although, there is no permit required for locals but tourists must obtain the permit as Malari Battalion can ask for that while entering the village.
Tribes: Bhutias are the residents of Malari and they are also known as Rongpa. They live in Malari during Summer months and migrate to Joshimath and other nearby places in winters.
Best time to visit:
Best time to visit Malari is in Summer from the month of April to the month of October. The road is closed in winters due to heavy snowfall.
There is no mobile network in Malari. The last network that one can get to make a phone call or surf internet is near Garam Paani in Tapovan. Garam Paani has a small hot water spring from which it derives its name. People can be seen collecting mud from this hot water spring which they claim to be the local “multani mitti”.
The Dronagiri Parvat from where Lord Hanuman procured Sanjeevani Booti is on way to Malari village.
Route and Distance:
Delhi to Haridwar - 235 kms
Haridwar to Rishikesh - 20 kms
Rishikesh to Devprayag - 70 kms
Devprayag to Srinagar - 40 kms
Srinagar to Karnprayag - 65 kms
Karnprayag to Chamoli - 43 kms
Chamoli to Joshimath - 62 kms
Joshimath to Tapoban - 17 kms
Tapoban to Malari - 50 Kms
Malari to Niti - 22 kms
If one starts in morning around 6 AM from Delhi then the target can be to reach Chamoli by nigh at 9 PM for an overnight stay. Driving in Uttarakhand during night is not advisable due to the poor condition of the road in these regions. The frequent landslides pose a serious threat if it’s a rainy season.