The city of Shimla is a throwback to a time gone by. For most people visiting from their metropolitan cities, filled with traffic fumes and deadlines of work, the slow languid pace of the city startles them at first. The sights of the undulating hills in the distance begins to work its magic and soon you will want to visit Shimla again and again. But Shimla is also a city that is deeply involved in its traditions and cultures and if you were to visit during a Shimla festival, you will see how much the people love celebrations.
There are plenty of fairs and festivals that constitute the events in Shimla, and should you be lucky enough to visit the city during this time, you will experience a very different side to the city. Shimla also celebrates several festivals that are celebrated in other parts of India too, such as Christmas, Lohri, Baisakhi and Diwali to name a few. Here are some of the Shimla festivals that you should not miss!
Held every year in May, the festival is colourful and grand and brings together several talented people who set up the event. People gather together and sing and celebrate and there are several stalls for handicrafts as well.
This festival is celebrated during the monsoon, and it is especially significant because people here want to please the rain gods to ensure proper rains. Since people depend upon agriculture for their living, rain is very crucial for them.
Since Shimla is said to have the largest natural ice-skating rink and thanks to the snowfall that takes place during winters, the winter carnival is a great time to enjoy the deliciously cold snow and the many delights it brings.