Malari Village - Mini Tibet

Malari is a small village near the Indo-Tibetan border near Joshimath in Chamoli district. Located in Dhauli Ganga valley at an height of 3048 mtrs, Malari village is encircled by steep snow covered mountains. Inhabitants of Malari village moves to lower part of Himalayas during winters due to heavy snowfall.

After the end of winters, around April month of the year, Malari inhabitants again move to Malari village and re-start life at Malari. Malari is located at 60 kms from Joshimath and on the route to Niti village. Malari has mainly Bhotia tribes and sheep rearing and the cultivation of pulses are their major occupation. Women used knitting as their past time.

Famous places of attraction near Malari are Dronagiri mountain, Nanda Devi temple, Nanda Devi National Park, Joshimath and Tapovan. Malari is also located in-route to Niti village, last village. Permission from SDM, Joshimath is required to go further from Malari village.

Activities in Malari

As Malari is a small hamlet in the remotest part of Chamoli district, there is not much sightseeing and places of interests to explore, part from the natural beauty. However, one can get a glimpse of the majestic Himalayan peak of Dronagiri which is believed to be the place from where Hanuman brought Sanjivani to cure Laxmana. Niti village is one of the last villages on the Indo-Tibetan border.

Village Tourism: Malari is one of the few lesser known hamlets and one of the remotest villages in Uttarakhand. One can explore the beautiful village learn about their rustic way of life, customs and beliefs. The village is inhabited by Indo-Mongolian Bhotia tribes.   

Hiking: There are many villages in and around Malari where one could hike along with friends. Niti village is the last village on the Indo-Tibetan border and is situated 18 kms from Malari.

Malari Travel Tips

  • Malari village is inaccessible during the winters as the village sees heavy snowfall.
  • Malari is located 61 kms from Joshimath, one can find local taxis plying to Malari.  
  • Malari village is inhabited by the Indo-Mongolian tribes known as Bhotia, schedules tribes of Uttarakhand. 
  • The Tolchas are the people living around Malari and the Marchhas live in the upper areas.

Finding an accommodation in Malari could be little difficult as Malari is one of the remotest village located on the Indo-Tibetan border. There are few budget guesthouses at Malari. Trekkers traveling to Malari should carry camping equipments with them as they would have to camp out in the open due to unavailability of guesthouses.

Apart from few tea stalls serving snacks, there are no restaurants or eating joint at Malari. One has to keep in mind Malari is more of a migration village and remains under thick snow in winters. In addition to that, one can try authentic Garhwali cuisine if one is able to find a roadside dhaba serving the Pahadi dishes. Keep in mind, there are no fancy restaurants at Malari.

How To Reach Malari Village Joshimath

Malari village is located at 60 km from Joshimath and once can reach by hiring taxi from Joshimath. Nearest rail connectivity is at Dehradun (354 kms) or Rishikesh railway station (316 kms). Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (332 kms) is the only airport to reach near Joshimath.

What is Malari famous for?

Malari is famous among tourist as Himalayan Viewpoint.

Malari is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Malari is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Biking, Emerging Destinations, Others, Village Tourism.

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