The best experiences we all have must be ones that are shared. I have been to some amazing cities and some pretty dreadful ones. The places I remember and have enjoyed the most aren’t necessarily the biggest names in travel, it’s the places where I have met or been with someone who has made my time extraordinary. Anything that can help you interact with people, be they locals or otherwise, will bring that experience to life. I think one of the best ways to meet people on a trip is to have a purpose- do a course, learn something new, set yourself a goal and meet people with the same interests whilst doing it. Interacting with like-minded locals is hard but totally worthwhile! So one such experience happened when I visited Himachal Pradesh. The main thing that brought me close to people is their culture. The fairs and fests that took place over there happened to bring me closer to the people of those regions. Some of them have been penned down below for you to know how beautiful life is at Himachal.
- SHIMLA’S SUMMER FESTIVAL: In the month of June, a wide spectrum of national talent, a variety of programs and a splendid setting make Shimla’s Summer festival a memorable event. Shimla also hosts the Red Cross Fair, sports tournaments, flower shows, photographs and posters exhibition and a fashion show based on folk costumes. The city is all colorful by then and looks like a newly wedded bride. This scene allures many tourists like me who would want to book international flights to India again and again.
- SHOOLINI FAIR: At Solan, on the third Sunday of June, the Shoolini Fair honors the goddess Shoolini, the presiding deity of the region.
- GHANTAL FESTIVAL: On June’s full moon night, the Ghantal festival is held at Lahaul’s Guru Ghantal Monastery. And of course, given the time of the year and the possibilities it offers, there are various camping and trekking expeditions.
- KAZA’S LADARCHA FAIR: Kaza’s Ladarcha fair In July happens within the arid trans-Himalayas. At Kaza’s Ladarcha fair the old trade routes come alive as traders barter and sell a variety of goods and produce.
- MINJAR FAIR AUGUST: Held between the last weeks of July to the first week of August, Chamba’s famous Minjar fair celebrates the bounty of nature and prays for a good harvest. ‘Minjars’, maize shoots or silken strands are cast on the waters of the river Ravi and the town immerses itself in a weeklong of celebration.
- MANIMAHESH YATRA: Also in Chamba, the Manimahesh Yatra to the sacred tarn of Manimahesh is held immediately after the festival of Janamashtmi. At Bharmour, 35 km short of the lake, the nomadic Gaddis hold a fair for six days.
- CHREWAL: Celebrated in Chamba, Kullu and elsewhere, Chrewal, Badronjo or Patroru is a festival of fire and flowers – and a time for purification of the fields.
All these festivals and feasts fall in line between in the months of June, July and August which makes it easier for any traveler to stay here and witness all of these together. I happened to do the same and if you wish to see it all then you must book your flight tickets to India and come down to Himachal. With many online travel agencies, you get the chance of booking tickets with cheap fares to India. Utilize them and reach here. You will love it.