Festivals of Himachal



The Fairs and Festivals are an essential part of the Indian way of life. The festivals of Himachal Pradesh are different from the other states. The Fairs and Festivals in Himachal Pradesh are the time for the people of the state to take a break from their tough and harsh schedule to make their life hospitable in the hilly terrain. Himachal Pradesh Festivals are associated with religion, trade, season and sports. There is much folklore connected with the beginning of each festival. These fairs offer a clear glimpse into the lives, the beliefs and the popular customs of the rural life in Himachal.

Out of a long list of Fairs and Festivals in Himachal Pradesh, some of the festivals are celebrated since time immemorial and some are of recent inclusion. These Fairs and Festivals in Himachal Pradesh are the best way to get close to the local life of the state. The festivals sometimes mark the beginning of seasons. Many Sikh festivals like Baisakhi and Lohri are also celebrated largely here and the tribals have their own festivals here.


Dussehra of Kullu
The seven day festival marking the return of Lord Rama to his homeland Ayodhya is celebrated with lots of fun, pomp and show amidst huge gatherings and is known as the Kullu Dussehra.
Ladarcha Festival,Spiti
This fair is celebrated at Kaza, Spiti. It is held in the 3rd week of August. It is a get-together of visitors and traders from Kullu, Lahaul and Kinnaur to offer a good barter ground for production.
Khepa Festival, Kinnaur
It is a festival of chasing the demons and is the most famous festival of this region in Himachal Pradesh.

Doongri Festival, Kullu
This famous and colourful festival is celebrated to mark the advent of spring. Locals and Tourists from distant places come to visit this festival as the valley is at its natural best blossoming with colourful flowers all over the place.
Minjar Festival, Chamba
The seven day festival is a type of fun-filled carnival celebrated with great enthusiasm depicting the cultural bonding of the people of this region. The decorated idol of the local deity is worshipped and taken in a huge procession for immersion.
Shivratri Fair, Mandi
This week long fair is held every year at Baijnath's Shiva Temple in February and March by the people to pay their homage to Lord Shiva followed by dance and music.