Travellers all around India feel fascinated when they hear about a tour to Manali. Their mind paints a picture of them rafting with their friends and family amidst the heavenly landscapes. They might also be excited to visit various exciting places like Solang Valley, Old Manali, and Beas river and have splendid photography sessions.
Even though all these activities are worth doing, and the places are worth visiting, what one must really experience while going to Manali is its beautiful culture which depicts the way of living of the native people and how they celebrate in Himachal Pradesh.
The Himachal Winter Carnival, hosted in Manali since its initiation, provides a perfect opportunity for travelers to enjoy snow time in Manali while learning about its culture. The carnival adds to the beautiful snow-white environment of Manali in the winters.
Here are some tips which will help you in enjoying the Himachal Winter Carnival in the best way:
1. Time of Celebration
The carnival started way back in 1977, has grown bigger and better since then. As the number of activities in the festival continues to increase, the carnival is also gaining popularity among tourists from other countries. Organized in the winter season, you can visit Manali in the first week of January to enjoy the carnival.
As Manali is easy to reach and already a famous destination among tourists, it is the perfect venue for the winter carnival and, thus, is hosting it since 1977.
By air- Bhuntar Airport (IATA code KUU), also known as Kullu-Manali airport, is situated 50 kilometers away from Manali, in the town of Bhuntar.
By Train- Chandigarh, Pathankot, Kalka, and Joginder Nagar are the nearest railway stations from Manali.
By Road- The total distance from Delhi to Manali is of 533 kilometers. You can start your journey from Delhi following the NH-1 till Chandigarh, from where you should take the NH-21 to reach Manali. Several buses take the same route from Delhi to Manali.
You don`t need to worry as you will have absolutely no difficulty in finding lodgings for you and your family/friends in Manali. Being a famous tourist destination, Manali has an array of budget hotels as well as luxury hotels which you can choose according to your funds. There are also some homestay options you can select for your stay in Manali.
5. Activities in the Carnival
Initially, the carnival promoted the culture of Himachal Pradesh through folk dances and music. With time, the carnival has introduced many other thrilling activities such as skiing championship, band competitions, adventure sports and other delicate ones such as folk dance, street plays, and food festival. You can participate in whichever activity you like and win exciting prizes as well. What makes the carnival even more interesting is the picturesque scenery all around the entire 250 meter stretch from the Ram Bagh Chowk to Ibex Chowk where the carnival takes place.
To enhance your experience of the carnival which coincidentally is the best time to visit Kullu Manali for snow, you can visit nearby places such as Hadimba Temple, Rahalla Falls, Vashishta Springs, and Manu Temple.