Another Queen of Hills is in full swing to give tourists a taste of the local with a refreshing and flavourful Summer Festival. If you think that you know Shimla in and out, this cultural event is the reality check you need. Shimla’s popularity as the most popular travel destination in North India and for people from across the globe is no secret. One visit to this city is sufficient to put you in a trance given the presence of magnificent mountains and the hint of British charm in the architecture, literature and even in the air, just kidding! International Summer Festival is all set to take over your favourite hill station, Shimla from 2nd June 2019 to 7th June 2019. Ever since the 1960s, the event occurs every year and brings out the richness embedded in the region in the form of various events and activities. From cultural performances to the culinary extravaganza, there’s something for everyone here. The festival was initiated by the natives to convey their gratitude to their almighty for a good harvest and to continue the same in future.
What’s happening at Shimla Summer Festival 2019
1. Food Festival
Are you clueless about what Pahari, or particularly, Himachali cuisine comprises? You must’ve been to innumerable food festivals, but this one is certainly a class apart. Dig into an array of tangy delicacies from Sidu to Thukpa and Chicken Anardana to Channa Madra.
2. Fashion Show
Wondering what local designers come up with in Himachal? Head to this festival to find out for yourself. Glimpses of folk dresses will you mighty impressed.
3. Folk Dance
A visual delight awaits you in the form of Nati, a Guinness Book of World Records listed dance forms. Apart from this, other classics like Bakayang Dance, Kayang Dance, Jataru Kayang, Bnayangchu, Raasa, Shand, Shabu and Chohara. It’s definitely nothing like what you have seen before.
4. Ice Skating
Ice-skating in Shimla has its own charm. Head to the biggest, open-air natural ice rink in India and enjoy the thrill of ice-skating even in the midst of peak summers. Sounds wonderful, right?
5. Flower Show
If you’re a fan of natural beauty and want to be enamoured by the range of exotic flowers present in the region, here’s your chance.
6. Himachal Film Festival
Do you carry an appreciation for local talent when it comes to the cinema? If yes, then the Himachal Film Festival is curated just for you. Watch the hidden talent of the region unfurl on the big screen. Dog Shows, Baby Shows, Music Festival, Sports Tournament, Photography Festival among many others will also be a part of the Shimla Summer Festival 2019. Apart from this, a host of local artists display their work here too. Walk around and grab a few souvenirs to take home for your loved ones. There are a couple of competitions too, for both kids as well as adults. Participate and see if you’ve still got it.
Best places to visit around Shimla
3 Homestays in Shimla suitable for all kinds of travellers
1. OYO Home 29340 Enticing 2BHK Apartment Kamyana
A scintillating view of the valley is what awaits you at this homestay in Shimla. Wake up to the sun gleaming through the windows while the cozy living area is perfect for getting together with your travel buddies. The spacious rooms ensure that you don’t let anything come in the way of you and comfort.
2. OYO Home 10089 Hill View 2BHK
Situated in Shoghi, this homestay is well-furnished and suited for travellers looking for utmost convenience. The presence of a parking facility makes it all the more popular for those heading here by car. For recreation, when you need a break from sightseeing, slip into the sheets and switch on the television.
3. OYO Home 15255 Valley View 2BHK
Enjoy a lush view of the valley from this homestay in Mashobra. Head here with your friends or family and the tranquillity offered by this charming holiday home will amaze you. The pop of colours in the rooms is sure to pep up your mood. The stone facade and the hill roof ensure to add the right touch of authenticity to your stay.
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