Malari, nestled in the picturesque Dhauli Ganga Valley within Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, serves as a seasonal migration spot for its inhabitants. People reside here from mid-April to mid-September, relocating to lower altitudes when the area becomes blanketed with thick snow during the harsh winter months.
Situated in the Nanda Devi National Park region, Malari enjoys the distinction of being a designated World Heritage Site. This makes it a thriving hub for diverse flora and fauna. Although primarily a rocky terrain, it transforms into a relatively green landscape after the monsoon season. Wildlife like Musk deer, Mountain goats, and Snow leopards inhabit the surroundings.
Reni, a neighboring village, holds historical significance as the birthplace of the Chipko movement in 1974. It is situated at a distance of 18 km from Niti village, which is last village nearby the Indo-Tibet border. Traveling beyond Malari requires a special permit from the administration.
There are several nearby treks, including one leading to the Nanda Devi National Park from the nearby village of Lata. Additionally, a trek to the base of Dronagiri is also possible.
The native population of this village, The bhotiyas, is an Indo Mongol tribe and is the Scheduled tribes of Uttarakhand. They practice Hinduism, worshipping various Hindu deities. Hindu festivals and fares particular to this village such as Basant Panchami, Bikhoti (celebrated on the day of Baisakhi), Fela Panchnag, Nanda Astami, and Dussehra (Durga Astami) are celebratd with great pomp and show.
The primary occupations of the residents involve animal husbandry, agriculture, and allied activities, with minimal trade and business ventures. In the past, before the Indo-Tibetan Border closed in 1962, they used to trade with Tibet via the Mana and Niti passes. Presently, the herders sustain their livelihood by selling wool, meat, and milk.
Malari stands as the largest summer settlement in the Dhauli Ganga Valley and remains well-connected to the outside world due to its location along a border road. However, despite this connectivity, the village faces migration as people seek better livelihood opportunities and basic amenities elsewhere. The villagers lead a self-sustained life, finding ways to adapt and meet their daily needs, living simply and consuming humble yet nourishing food.
About the village
DAY 1:- RISHIKESH TO MALARI
We will gather in Rishikesh at a predetermined location to commence our journey. Our route will take us along the Rishikesh Badrinath highway, with the majestic Ganga river flowing on our right, until we reach Devprayag. There, we'll have a refreshing breakfast before continuing our course along the Alaknanda river.
Our adventure will lead us through the charming towns of Srinagar, Gauchar, and Pipalkoti as we explore the four sacred Prayags of Uttarakhand: Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Nandaprayag. We'll then reach the cantonment town of Joshimath, where our path will run parallel to the Dhauli Ganga river. Along the way, a few kilometers ahead, you'll be captivated by the stunning sight of Nanda Devi, visible from a rock resembling the face of Hanuman, known as Hanuman sheela. Legend says that Hanuman rested on this rock while carrying the Sanjeevani herb.
After about two more hours of driving, we'll arrive at Malari, concluding our scenic 316 km long journey. Upon reaching our destination in the evening, you'll receive a warm welcome with hot tea and snacks. You'll be accommodated in a cozy homestay. Take some time to rest, and if you wish, explore the village surroundings. Later, you'll savor the delectable local Pahadi cuisine at the homestay before retiring for the night. For those interested, the night sky outside the homestay offers an excellent opportunity for stargazing.
DAY 2:- A DAY IN MALARI
Our day commences with a serene Yoga session in a picturesque and tranquil setting, where you can marvel at the diverse flora and birdlife and enjoy breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan mountains. The village's charming and remote ambiance provides the perfect opportunity to detoxify yourself from the fast-paced urban life.
Following the Yoga session, we will head back to the homestay for a hearty Pahaadi breakfast, which includes a delightful Mandua roti, a gluten-free flatbread made from local millets, alongside fresh local leafy vegetables. This wholesome meal is complemented by a comforting cup of hot tea. The traditional houses in the village boast mud-plastered walls and stone-covered roofs, featuring a striking white color adorned with intricately carved blue doors and window frames made from wood. The village's architecture and places of historical significance can also be explored.
Under the guidance of local artisans, you can engage in weaving activities and even purchase some finely crafted ready-made woolen garments as souvenirs, suitable for enduring the coldest winters. Lunch will be served piping hot at the homestay.
In the evening, you are free to venture out and immerse yourself in the local culture by conversing with the friendly villagers and listening to captivating stories shared by the elders. As the day winds down, we will return to the homestay for dinner, where you can either lend a hand to your host in preparing the meal or simply enjoy your leisure time as you desire.
DAY 3:- MALARI TO RISHIKESH
Following a satisfying breakfast, we will say farewell to the charming village and its warm-hearted residents. Boarding our vehicle, we will journey towards Rishikesh, making a stop for lunch on the way. As the day comes to a close, we will arrive in the bustling town of Rishikesh. From here, each of us will proceed towards our respective destinations, carrying a yearning in our hearts to return to the embrace of the Himalayas someday.
For a smooth onward journey, it is recommended to plan any further travels after 7 pm, allowing ample time to avoid potential traffic delays.
All meals during the stay. ( General nutritious meal )
Accommodation in homestay.
Local sightseeing and experience.
Tour leader and support staff.
Transport from Rishikesh to Malari and back to Rishikesh .
Meals during road transit i.e. meals during travel from Rishikesh to Malari and vice versa.
Any kind of medical insurance.
Any personal expenses.
Any expense not specified in inclusions.