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16 Famous Festivals of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a state in India where people of different communities and tribes live together in complete harmony and stay in sync with the bounty of nature. Along with imposing landscapes, there are many colorful festivals of Himachal Pradesh that beckons travelers from all over the world. 

With a vast range of festivals, we have handpicked 16 vibrant fairs and festivals of Himachal Pradesh that give a kaleidoscopic view of diversity and unique traditions that are deeply rooted in their culture. Take a dekko!

Right from religious festivals to significant fairs of Himachal Pradesh, there’s an array of diversity reflected in celebration and merry-making which is worth witnessing. Check out!

1. Mandi Shivratri Fair

Mandi Shivratri Fair - Himachal pradesh festival

Typically celebrated on the 13th night of Krishna Paksha, which is the onset of Shivaratri, Mandi Shivaratri Mela is held for a period of seven days in Himachal Pradesh. This fair is all about boasting the rich deity culture and enjoying the religious fervor to the fullest. It transforms the town of Mandi into a grand traditional extravaganza, and that’s why it holds a special place in the people’s hearts. Starting from the day of Shivaratri, more than 200 deities of the Mandi district assemble during this festival.

2. Nalwari Cattle Fair

Nalwari Cattle Fair - Himachal Festival

Nalwari Cattle Fair takes place in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh and continues for a period of seven days. Interesting activities like wrestling competitions are the major attractions of this fair. People brought cattle from Nalagarh and other nearby areas of Punjab to become a part of this fair. For this fair, people decorate their cattle with a considerable amount of attention so that it attracts more lucrative deals.

3. Spring Festival

Festivals in Himachal Pradesh - Spring Festival

With classical music songs and dances, a lot of cultural programs are organized on the occasion of the Spring Festival. Not just for entertainment purposes but it is also good from a business perspective. During this time of the year, the people of the Lahaul district start to go back to their native place and this fair offers them an opportunity to buy agricultural products and other useful tools for their journey and household.

4. Kasol Music Festival

Kasol Music Festival in Himachal

A small village situated near Parvary Valley in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is the kind of place that sets your mood right for a whole night of celebrations. Famous for its natural magnificence, Kasol is also famous for its Kasol Music Festival which goes on for two continuous days. To welcome the new year and celebrate the new beginnings, this pop culture event is held every year. The people who love music and art should definitely attend this festival at least once.

5. Phulaich Festival

Phulaich Festival, Himachal Pradesh

The whole of Kinnaur gets engulfed in a festive mood during the Phulaich Festival. Celebrated on the 16th day of the month of Bhadrapada according to the Hindu calendar, this festival marks the flowering of wildflowers in the upper hilly areas. This festival is famous by many names such as Ukyam Festival or Ookayand Festival. In Ookayand, the double O’s mean flowers and Kyand means festival. That is why it is known as the festival of flowers.

6. Himachal Hills Festival