10 Exotic Facts on Pangi Valley

“Pangi is remarkable in its rugged grandeur and austere beauty. The scenery is sublime and imposing and nature appears in her wildest and grandest moods. Everything is on a stupendous scale. The great river rolls along in a deep and narrow gorge, lashing itself into fury, sandwiched between adamantine cliffs that confine it. Precipices spring from the brink in places almost perpendicular to a height of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. On the lower ranges are grassy slopes of rich pasture with dense forests of pine and cedar, while higher up the stern and majestic mountains attaining an altitude from 18,000 to 21,000 feet rising far above the line of eternal snow” written almost a century ago by Dr. J. Hutchinson and still holds good today.
1. In the past officials being posted to Pangi valley were paid ‘funeral’ allowance, which was a sort of incentive, to make officials join duty in Pangi valley.

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2. After over six decades of Independence, it remains one of the remotest areas of the Himachal.

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3. People of Pangi valley are mainly Hindu with a small population of Buddhist.
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4. The origin of the Pangwals ( or people of Pangi) is still a mystery.
5. As story goes, the original people of Pangi were criminals and people banished from the Chamba durbar.
6. Everyone in Pangi is directly or indirectly connected with agriculture and livestock.
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7. Music, dance and the locally brewed liquor ‘patar’, play a significant role in the life of the Pangwals.
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8. ‘Jukaru’ is a celebration that thanks the gods for helping the people of Pangi survive the harsh winter.
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9. The Valley remains land locked for about six-eight months due to heavy snow fall.
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10. Due to its location, this hidden valley is cut off from the rest of the world.
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Tough living conditions, geographical isolation, extreme climate and need to cooperate led to community living and emergence of the unique Praja System. Praja the village council, consisting of the eldest male member of each household became the supreme consultative, administrative and judicial body and plays a vital role in the social life even today.