Thursday, 26 November 2015

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Construction site of Rohtang Pass Tunnel Project, North Portal, Lahoul Spiti

Beautiful view of Rohtang Pass Highway Tunnel Project construction site during winters. It is North Portal of the Project which is near to Koksar around 25 km from Rohtang Pass. This end on tunnel closed 4 to 5 months during winters due to heavy snowfall and extreme climate in the area.

Beautiful view of Rohtang Pass Highway Tunnel Project construction site during winters. It is North Portal of the Project which is near to Koksar around 25 km from Rohtang Pass. This end on tunnel closed 4 to 5 months during winters due to heavy snowfall and extreme climate in the area.

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

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Rock Painting near Hadimba Temple Manali

Beautiful rock painting on the way to Log Huts near Hadimba Temple Manali.
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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

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Fresh snowfall at Rohtang Pass, Manali.

After the fresh snowfall at Rohtang Pass and chance of heavy snowfall in coming days as per the forecast, Manali – Leh highways is closed for all type of vehicles. But up to Rohtang Pass vehicles are permitted till November 30, 2015.
Fresh snowfall at Rohtang Pass and other high peaks attracts lots of tourist every year. Period between October and February is the best time for snow lover to visit Manali. During this period maximum hotels offers around 50% discount depends upon their availability. Snow activities like skiing and sledding are also available during winter season. 
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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali (ABVIMAS)

Mountaineering Institute was established in the natural geographic environs of Manali in the picturesque Kullu valley, with the name “Western Himalayan Mountaineering Institute”, on the 16th September, 1961, under the dynamic leadership of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India as the Kullu valley, better known as the valley of gods, came into limelight after his regular visits, resulting in a big boost to adventure tourism. It is one of the largest adventure training institutes in the world. It has been doing yeoman’s service in the field of adventure training, especially adventure sports like Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Trekking, Skiing, Water Sports, Outbound adventure and Mountain Rescue.

"The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali (ABVIMAS) today is the largest Adventure Sports training centre in the country. Spread over 20 acres of forested land on the banks of the river Beas, the Directorate can boast of having a hostel that can accommodate 260 people at a time, a dining hall that can cater to more than 200 people at once and an auditorium that has a seating capacity of 680 people.

It also has an up to date library, museum and lecture halls. All this is located on this beautiful campus. Apart from this the Directorate has various adventure training centres all over Himachal.

The great son of India, the former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee who as a lover of nature and an adventure enthusiast has special passion for Manali and the Mountaineering Institute, always made it a point to visit the Institute whenever he happened to be in Manali. He visited the Institute many times and chaired number of conferences, seminars and poetry sessions. In the year 2008 Himachal Pradesh Government renamed the Institute as “Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, Himachal Pradesh”.

Since its inception, the Institute has trained about 1, 60,000 youth, women & men from India and abroad in different disciplines of adventure activities at its Manali headquarters and the other Centre located at various places in Himachal Pradesh. The Institute produced national and international level prominent mountaineers who climbed Mount Everest and other many high peaks and participated in winter Olympics and Asian winter sports championships. It is also proud to have faculty of qualified and professional instructors and officers having number of prominent peaks, including the Mount Everest, to their credit.

Scenic beauty, sylvan surroundings and salubrious climate are most conducive to the training in the field of adventure activities and, therefore, the area is a paradise for adventure lovers.

It is around 2 kilometres from Mall Road Manali on Naggar Highway.
For more details and training programs one can contact below mentioned numbers and website.

Telephone numbers:

Director: (01902) 253789,252206

Deputy Director: (01902)250337

Superintendent: (01902) 252342

Training Wing: (01902) 253841

Tele fax: (01902)252137


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Sunday, 27 September 2015

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UNESCO’s World Heritage Historic Kalka Shimla Toy Train

Kalka Shimla Toy Train is one of the most scenic train journeys in India which was built by British in 1903 to provide access their summer capital Shimla. The Kalka Shimla railway line is not only popular for its scenic beauty but also for history related to its construction as well. 96 kilometers railway line not only connects Kalka and Shimla but also passes through 20 picturesque stations, 102 tunnels, more than 800 bridges and 900 curves. This railway line is designed in such a way that its wheel do not skid during heavy rains. Due to these facts on 2nd July 2008 UNESCO’s world heritage decided to add Kalka Shimla Railway to world heritage list and later on 9th November 2008 it was officially declared by UNESCO.

The average speed of train is 22 kilometer per hours. The longest tunnel which stretches for more than one kilometer is near the mail railway station at Barog, which was named after Engineer Colonel Barog who earlier dug tunnel from both end and was unable to align both end and was fined Rupee 1 for this. And due to shame he committed suicide inside the incomplete tunnel.
Station between Kalka and Shimla are Taksal, Gumman, Koti, Sonwara, Dharampur, Kumarhatti, Barog, Solan, Salogra, Kandaghat, Kanoh, Kathleeghat, Shogi, Taradevi, Totu and Summer Hill.
For train schedule and fare one can visit official website of Indian Railway IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited)

List of Toy Trains from Kalka to Shimla with number:
1. 52457 – Kalka Shimla NG Passenger.
2. 72451 – Kalka Shimla Rail Motor.
3. 52451 – Shivalik Deluxe Express.
4. 52453 – Kalka Shimla NG Express.
5. 52455 – Himalayan Queen.
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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

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Folk dance of Kullu

Folk dance of Kullu District is Naati and it is performed in group. Naati not only performed during function but also while worshiping the local Deities. It is a group dance by both male and female and Dhol, Nagara, Shehnai, Karnal and Ransinghe are the popular music instruments played during Naati with the folk songs.

Female dancer wear traditional Kulluvi woollen dress over their cloths called Pattu. Pattu is a woollen cloth little bigger than shawl which have beautiful embroidery of woollen threads. Pattu is tied with the pins with silver chain and women wear lots of silver and golden ornaments. Their heads is covered with a piece of cloth called Dhatu and they wear the handmade footwear called Pullas.

While on the other hand , the male dancer wear a long woollen coat with pleats called Chola and tight woollen pant called Suthan and Chola is tied on the waist with the help of a piece of cloth called Dora. Male also wear a woollen cap with hanging garland made up of colourful threads. 

One can see this dance during some function in Manali or even during season period local Naati is also arranged by Himachal Tourism at Mall Road Manali to entertain Tourists. Last year more than 8000 female dance of Kullu Valley dance together in Kullu Dusherra and made a record. This local dance shows the rich culture of Kullu Valley.
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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

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Wild Flowers in Himalayas

Flora in Himalayas
It is always adventures while climbing to high hills. But during spring season it is more attractive due to wild flowers or we can say flora which mesmerise the whole atmosphere of Himalayas with its fragrance. Meadows of Himalayas range are full of these wild flowers during monsoon period and its look like a colourful carpet. These flowers and herbs are used for medicine purpose and even some of these are very costly as they are rarely available and of precious value. Not only flowers there are lots of wild fruits, wild animals and birds added beauty to Himalayas.

One can easily find some of these wild flowers during their visit to Rohtang Pass which is only 51 km away from Manali. During monsoon season Rohtang Pass also witness variety of flora and attracts lots of tourists. Not only Rohtang Pass but Dhundi is also a place which is also easily approachable from Manali where some wild flowers are available.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

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Bijli Mahadev – Temple of Lightning

Bijli Mahadev Temple, as the name suggests is the temple of Lord Shiva, where almost every year lightning strike the Shiva Linga and breaks into pieces. Then the priest of the temple rejoins the pieces of Lingam with the help of butter and other adhesive.

The place where temple is situated is called Mathana (7874 ft.). The beautiful temple is surrounded by lush green meadows.

The statue and idol near temple are also the main attraction of tourist who came here from all across the world. And in the month of Saawan (one of the Hindu month) people offers ghee, butter and milk to these idols and worship Lord Shiva.

Panoramic view of Manaikaran, Kullu and Lug Valley from temple catches lots of eyes.

Temple is easily approachable from Kullu. 14km of motor able road from Kullu to Chansari Village and from Chansari 2km trek in shadow of tall pine trees. And one who cannot trek can come from Naggar to Bijli Mahadev road via Janna Waterfall.
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

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The Divine land of Miracles - " Shanghar Village"

Name of the Village Shanghar is by virtue of The Lord Shangchul. The story behind this is that Lord Shangchul had come from the Sangla Village of Kinnaur Valley to overcome the terror of devil souls and for the welfare of villagers of Shanghar. In actual, the Lord Shangchul is a snake who take place on the right hand of Lord Shiva and who carries toxic flies in his mouth instead of snake venom. These flies in local language called ‘Raiis’ hence called ‘Raiinaag’ also.
When Lord came from Sangla, the king of Kinnaour Valley also used to come with Lord in order to see off Lord at Shanghar. The first place in that huge ground of village Shanghar where the King of Kinnaur used to sit first and after that this place is dedicated forever for the King and even for the single soul of the Kinnaur Valley. And it is also often said that this huge ground of 250 bhighas was made and crafted by Pandavas during their exile period (Agayat vas) and hence there is not even a single stone in this ground.

When Lord Shangchul arrived at this ground, on arrival he announced that this ground is for cattle’s and ‘Bharmins’ of Shanghar Village and even making of noise, using abusing words and entrance of Police is strictly prohibited.

In the next half of the story, there is a history that the lovers feel themselves protected in this village with the blessing of Lord Shangchul and all villagers in respect to Lord , provide everything of the use like shelter, food, cloth etc. to lovers or we can say the place is beyond any law.

Every year in the month of February and June villagers celebrate Village fair which are dedicated to Lord Shangchul and which attracts people and tourists from all over the world.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

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Manali Apples

Manali is also famous for its variety of apples. Not only apple but also apricots, plums, cherry are also available during various seasons, but apples are the main source of income of people after tourism industry. Apples are also grown in other parts of Himachal Pradesh like Shimla, Kinnaur and other high altitude region.

You can fine apple laden orchards during the month of August and September. Few year back people send their crops to Delhi in wooden boxes of 10kg and 20kg, but due to modernization of Global markets now big names like Reliance and Adani purchases apples directly from the farmers and the also get handsome amount to them. And lots of fruit markets are also nearby available where farmers sell their apples through auctions.

While travelling to Manali you can find apple orchards from Kullu onward towards Manali. And lots of stalls are available between Kullu and Manali where people sell fresh fruits to tourists. So next time while travelling to Manali don’t forget to take juicy gift of Manali.

so what are you waiting for . Manali calling you.....
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Monday, 27 July 2015

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Rohtang Pass - " Up above clouds"

Up Above Clouds – Rohtang Pass

Exploring high mountains peaks is always a pleasure and when it is at 13050 ft its really amazing. This monsoon, one morning this rear eye catching view was available from Rohtang Pass when the whole Manali Valley was covered with clouds and above that the high peaks of Pirpanjal was visible. It was looking like a white Ocean which was covered with blue sky.

As compared to peak season of Manali, Monsoon season is less crowed and hotels are easily available at cheap prices and also taxi for sightseeing at reasonable price. Maximum hotels are offering 40 to 50% discount on their rates and packages. Foreigner tourist also prefers this season and it is the best time for bikers to explore Manali Leh route.

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

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Chandra Taal Lake, Lahaul and Spiti - Himachal Pradesh.

Lahaul and Spiti is one of the district of Himachal Pradesh which is home of high peaks, huge glaciers, passes, monasteries, temples , lakes and also origin of two large rivers called Chandra and Bhaga. Both rivers meet at Tandi village of Lahaul and Spiti later assumes as river Chenab.
Beautiful Chandra Taal Lake is the source of river Chandra. Chandra means moon and tall means lake. Lake has 2.5km of circumferences and the crystal clear blue looking water attracts lots of nature lover, photographer and trekkers from all over world. Lake is situated at 4300 mts. This lake was discovered by traders from Tibet and Ladhak region who take night halt near the lake during there journey. But now because of its beauty lake is developed as a prefect tourist destination.

Chandra Tall lake is around 120 km away from Manali, but it takes around 5 – 6 hrs to reach due to bad road conditions. Route of Chandra Taal lake mostly remains open between the month of June to September depends upon the weather conditions. Few camping sites are available near lake, but due to limited accommodation maximum traveller visit this lake in a single day from Manali or Kaza.

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

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Jana Waterfall, Manali - Himachal Pradesh

Jana waterfall is just 12 km from Naggar Village and 32 km from Manali and even equally distanced from District Head Quarters Kullu, inside small village called Jana which is surrounded by apple orchards. After visiting Naggar Castle, Tripura Sundari Temple, Roreich Art Gallery, Uruswati Himalayan Fold Art Museum one can starts its journey towards Jana Waterfall. There is a single lane road for the waterfall which ends towards Bijali Mahadev Temple and the road is not in good conditions so always prefer 4 x 4 vehicles. The road is surrounded by beautiful pine trees and view of snow clad mountains. It is a small waterfall but the main attraction of the place is organic and delicious local food served here in several stalls near waterfall. It is a good picnic spot for families and children and a beautiful place away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

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Beas Kund - Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Beas Kund is one of the most beautiful lake in Manali. It is the holy lake were Rishi Vyas took his bath daily and it is also the origin of the River Beas. It is also a popular trek which attract lots of trekkers every season.
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Saturday, 16 May 2015

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Artist performing and entertaining crowd at Mall Road Manali.

Artist performing and entertaining crowd at Mall Road Manali.

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

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Snow Clearance at 13050 ft. - Rohtang Pass Manali

Every year Rohtang Pass which is a t height of 13050 ft. is mostly covered with snow, and due to which Lahoul and Spiti which is one of the district of Himachal Pradesh is totally cut off with the rest of world for around more than six months. Not only the Lahoul and Spiti but major Army supplies are also affected due to heavy snowfall at Rohtang Pass because the Manali Leh Highway passes through Rohtang Pass, and this road is the only one alternate road from where the Army gets their supplies for Leh Ladakh and Siachen Glacier.

Road of Rohtang Pass is closed for all traffic vehicle from mid November to Mid May, depends on weather conditions. As Manali Leh Highway is Border Road the maintenance of this road is done by Boarder Road Organization (BRO). And hence clearance of snow is also done by Boarder Road Organization, which is very challenging task, as the climate of Rohtang Pass is always unpredictable. During winters sometimes Rohtang Pass is covered with more than 40ft. snow and BRO perform their task of cleaning snow at these extreme conditions.

After clearance of snow from Rohtang Pass the road is open for all. Tourist from all over the world come here and explores the place. And the tribal area of the Himachal Pradesh again connected with rest part of the world and much important all Army supplies are resumed after that. During Kargil War this road plays an important role. And now to overcome form this problem Government is constructing 9km Rohtang Tunnel and by which these place will connected throughout the year with rest of world.

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

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Lord Vishnu Temple, Sajla Village, Manali - Himachal Pradesh

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Monday, 9 March 2015

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Jakhoo Temple - Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity, Hanuman.
It is situated on Jakhoo Hill, 2.5 km /1.3 miles east from the Ridge, Shimla at a height of 2,455 m (8,000 feet) above sea level. Shimla's highest peak offers a panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the town of Sanjauli.

An ancient "Lord Hanuman" temple is there and every year a big festival is held on Dushera . You can go to the temple by foot (a steep climb) from Ridge (path behind the church) or can hire a pony/horse. Taxis are available too.

Source: wikipedia

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Friday, 6 March 2015

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Spiritual Buddhist flags during snowfall in Manali

Spiritual Buddhist flags during snowfall in Manali .

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

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Prashar Lake - The Rotating Island

Prashar Lake –The Rotating Island
Prashar Lake is named after the Sage Prashar. It is around 50km from Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh and approximately 102km from Manali via Kullu, Bhuntar and Bajaura. It is said that Sage Prashar used to meditate near this lake.

There is three stories temple of Sage Prashar which is also in Pagoda style. The main attraction of the lake is the small floating island which rotates seasonally. Lake is covered with fencing and nobody is allowed to ride over the floating island except the Deity “Shree Vardha Naag” who rides over island during some special case when it is stuck.

Beautiful mountain range of Manali and Bijli Mahadev are also visible from here. Every year fair is organised here from 13th to 15th June and Deities from surrounding area make their presence. It is the most preferred picnic spot of school and college students, families, and groups and even it is a trekking paradise for the nature lover. Parashar Lake is easily cover in same day, but if anybody wants to stay here, PWD and Forest Guest House are available here and also can arrange accommodation at nearby villages.
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Friday, 30 January 2015

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Snowfall in Manali

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Monday, 12 January 2015

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Rohtang Highway Tunnel Project Site - Manali , Himachal Pradesh.

Pick up Jeep fulfilling necessary requirement at Rohtang Highway Tunnel Project Site at Manali Himachal Pradesh during heavy snowfall.

Escaping from one world and connecting to another.

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

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Solang Valley - Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Solang valley is located around 14 kms from Manali and it is one of the best tourist attractions of Kullu Manali. This beautiful valley is famous for ski slopes and adventure activities or you can say it is an adventure hub of Manali. Beautiful view of Friendship peak is also available from the valley. This place is covered with snow during winters. You can enjoy skiing, paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, snow scooter, mountain biking and yak ride also in Solang Valley.

During winters after snowfall Solang Valley hosts State and National level winter sports. Near the ground there are few ski centres and one of them is managed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports. Short trek of Anjani Mahadev Temple is also starts for Solang Valley. Rope of Solang Valley also adds advantage to nature lover. For accommodation there are few cheap and budget hotels available in Solang Valley.

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Friday, 9 January 2015

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Mini Switzerland , Khajjiar - Himachal Pradesh

Often called India's Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960m) has a circumference of about 5 km. Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to KhajjI Nag. Within the temple are life size wooden images of the five Pandav brothers.

ACCESS : Khajjiar is connected by road and is 23 km from Dalhousie and 26 km from Chamba. It is 520 km from Delhi. The closest rail head is at Pathankot, 120 km. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 180 km. Taxis and buses are available from all these places.

CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature hovers around freezing point with snowfall and heavy woollens are required. In summer, the climate is mild and light woollens / cottons are recommended.

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

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Winter Carnival Manali

Winter Carnival Manali is celebrated every year from 2nd to 6th January. The five days Carnival shows rich Himachali culture. After the blessings from Hadimba Temple, carnival kicks off with Jhankis from Hadimba Temple to Mall Road Manali in which various participants from all over India takes part. All Mahila Madals of Upper Kullu Valley also participate in this festival and make the atmosphere colorful by their woolen attire. Various food counters serves local dishes during carnival which are run by local ladies and NGO’s.

First Winter Carnival of Manali was inaugurated in 1977 by Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Late Dr. Y.S. Parmar. That time main motive behind Winter Carnival was to promote winter games in Manali and Shri Harnam Singh, founder of WHMI (currently known as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports) was the man behind this. As a result of this, Solang Ski slopes produces lots of skiing champions every year which participate world wide and make us proud. Earlier the celebration dates of carnival was not fixed as it was connect with winter sports activities, but form few years it is celebrated every year on 2nd January.

The cultural events are organized at Manu Rang Shala (Ram Bagh) during carnival which attracts lots of Indian and foreigner tourists. These five days are full of musical and dance events, street shows, games and much more. Andcarnival concluded with Winter Queen Contest.

Carnival committee always tries to make this event world famous by improvising different ideas and activities. This year highlights of carnival was participation of local women in a dance form of Kullu called Lalharhi (Old dance form in which no musical instruments are played only performed on songs).

Hopefully these types of events will keep alive our rich culture.

For any information regarding Winter Carnival Manali, one can contact below:

Executive Officer, Manali District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh Ph. 01902-252363.
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Friday, 2 January 2015

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Rohtang Pass, Manali

Last year picture of Rohtang Pass, recently opened road for Lahaul Spiti after cutting plenty of snow. 

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