A resort town located at high altitudes amidst the Himalayas, Manali is loved the same by honeymooners as well as backpackers. Established along the river Beas, this town is known for its breathtaking natural beauty. Traveling here feels like a breath of fresh air out of the polluted metropolitan cities. The town of Manali is quite vibrant because of its local culture and people. The best manifestation of their vibrance is seen in the different Manali festivals. From spiritual to fun, these festivals will make your trip worth remembering.
The faith system of people of Manali is based on Goddess Hadimba and therefore the Hadimba Temple is counted amongst the must-visit tourist attractions in Manali. During the Spring season, the whole place is filled with colorful flowers. The fair is organized in the temple that stands tall amidst cedar trees.
This festival is one of those celebrated amongst the Tibetan Community of Manali. In this festival, you’ll see people in their traditional clothes. Together, they recreate the wedding day of a local princess with Lord Padamsambhava. During the start of the month of February, the people who are a part of it can be seen getting completely indulged in different rituals and arrange for all the necessary things required for the wedding.
This is one of the most heartily celebrated festivals in Manali. The celebrations of Dussehra lasts for almost a month here and you’ll find that the whole town gets together to enjoy it. There are colorful flags all around and people wear new clothes on this day. This festival is one of the most prominent occasions in the Hindu religion.
As the name suggests, it happens during that time of the month when the town is covered in snow and people are seen getting indulged in various adventurous winter sports activities. The chills of the winter season are compensated by the warmth of people as well as cultural activities that keep happening. You also get to learn a lot about the food culture of Manali.