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The time of Himachal Winter Carnival is mainly a time when the slopes of Himachal Pradesh are covered with lots of snow. Yes, and one can see the obvious happiness on the faces of people who come to Shimla during this time of the year, especially the ones who watch snow for the first time. 

During this festival, people also opt for participating in various winter sports that are organized at the snow-capped Rohtang range along with the ski slopes of Solang Valley. And among all these activities, one of the major highlights of this festival is its ‘Winter Queen’ contest. 

And it was in 1977, that this festival was organized for the first time and currently, this festival holds the status of being a state-level festival. Yes, and on an annual basis, a large number of teams from many youth-clubs, colleges and universities participates in this carnival that is a combination of fun and lots of excitement. Furthermore, what is even more interesting to know is that this festival is also a reason that there has been a spike in the overall tourism activities of Himachal Pradesh. 

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Whether you are a culture explorer, tour freak, or sports enthusiasts, you cannot even afford to miss such a grand extravaganza in Himachal Pradesh. It is a time when all the areas of Himachal Pradesh can be seen in the colours of carnival from the 2nd January to 6th January.

History of Himachal Winter Carnival

Talking about history, the Himachal Winter Carnival was essentially the brainchild of a man named Harnam Singh in 1977. And it was the Chief Minister of the state, Dr Y.S. Parmar who himself had inaugurated this festival. Initially, the main motto of this festival was majorly on skiing, cultural events. Thus, slowly, with the passing of time, it became quite popular among the locals as well as the tourists. 

Major attractions of Himachal Winter Carnival

Various Fun Elements

The winter carnival attracts a lot of attention from both domestic and international tourists. This event has all the necessary elements of being a fun-filled joyride of experiences. The most prominent attractions of this place are inclusive of crafts bazaar (a place where you can find shawls, hand-woven caps) Himachali food, folk dances, local dance competition and street plays.

The Carnival Parade

The Winter Carnival Festival is inaugurated with a lovely parade. This parade is inclusive of boys and girls who are dressed up in their traditional attires. It is truly a beautiful beginning of the carnival with a sense of the traditional look and competitive spirit.

How to Reach

By Air. The nearest airport is the Kullu Manali Airport that is located at 50 kilometres distance (approx) from Manali. This airport had overall good connectivity with other Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh. After that, you can hire a Bus or other modes of transport to reach Manali.   

By Rail. Jogindernagar is the nearest railway station to reach Manali. After you deboard at this station, you will need to cover a distance of about 140-160 km. This station has overall good connectivity with other cities like Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh. 

By Road. This place also has good connectivity with other cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chandigarh. And the drive to Manali is really an amazing experience to have. From these places, you will need to cover a distance of 537 km, 530 km, 1,949 km, and 288 km. 

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    2 January 2020 - 6 January 2020

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    Manali

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