Starting in the year 1977, the national winter carnival has been one of the sensations of the mountains during the winter. The very first carnival was inaugurated by Late Dr. Y. S. Parmar, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh then. National Winter Carnival has been a great mix of cultural events and skiing activities that take place in the Solang Nala.
In the beginning the cultural program was organized by the Manu Rang Shala which brought young students and other people from entire India. This continued only till 1984. Thereafter the lead of organizing this carnival was undertaken by a club of Manali Youth named as Manu Kala Kendra. They spearheaded the winter carnival from 1985 to 1992. By the year 1993 the Manu Kala Kendra got together with Trios Mumbai. Since then the event has not looked back and has become even grander.
It has become an important state level function with a lot of programs and competitions being held. The tourists enjoy a lot and the participants not only come from all over India but other international destinations as well.
The event is an important addition into the cultural calendar of Himachal Pradesh and a must visit for people vacationing in Himachal during winters. The major highlights of this carnival includes skiing championship, himachali food festival, craft bazaar, local band competition, folk dances, street plays, adventure sports etc. As a huge tourist attraction, this event is a rich showcase of true Himachali culture and traditions.
This year the National Winter Carnival is going to be held from 2nd to 6th January, 2015. So don’t miss the event. Go for advance bookings in Manali, as the event is a huge crowd puller.