Although Manali is famed for the many adventure activities it offers and for being such a hot tourist destination, this spectacular hill station is also steeped in traditions and celebrates a number of festivals with a great deal of fervour. Several cultural events in Manali take place throughout the year and some are associated with the temples here while others offer more of a cultural insight into the town. Also, events such as the winter carnival allow people to enjoy nature’s bounty, and many people from other cities and towns descend here to enjoy the various festivals in Manali.
With such a large Tibetan population, it is but natural that there will be related Manali festivals as well. The presence of the gompas here adds to the cultural flavour, letting people see a different side to the hill station during these events. Here are some of the Manali festivals you should not miss when you’re visiting his hill station.
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Hadimba Devi, the wife of the Pandava Bhima is a greatly revered deity and there’s a temple here, dedicated to her, during spring.
The Doongri Forest Festival held between May and June is organised by women and is also dedicated to Hadimba Devi. Women dress up in traditional attire and they sing and dance in her honour.
In February, Manali sees a great deal of action thanks to the Winter Carnival with skiing, cultural activities and a good deal of fun.
Dusshera is celebrated for a whole month in Manali in October, and processions of Lord Raghunath are taken out on a beautiful wooden chariot.