Story: Trouble in Paradise
Instructor: Ron Haviv
The north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh lies at the foothills of the Himalayas. Manali, a tourist town in the Kullu Valley is the set-off point for foreign trekkers, spiritual seekers, and hedonists drawn by the promise of cheap high quality marijuana in an idyllic setting. Many never leave.
Despite this influx of outsiders, Indians make up the majority of tourists. Honeymooners and families from across the country come north to escape the sweltering summer months.
This Himalayan Shangri-La is in danger of being spoiled by the environmental impacts of intensive tourism. There is trouble in paradise.