Fairs and Festivals in Shimla.

Another attraction here is the festivals that are held every year. The Renuka Lake fair is held at Sirmaur, which is to the south of Shimla. This fair is celebrated to honor the immortality of Renuka and her son on the shores of the lake, which is shaped in the form of a sleeping woman. People from the surrounding villages arrive in droves for this celebration. Part of the ceremony is taking dips in the lake to cleanse oneself of impurities. Shivratri too is celebrated with great zeal at Mandi in February/March.

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The Shimlaites also celebrate the “Shimla Summer Festival” which is held every year during the peak tourist season, which lasts for 3 to 4 days only. Popular singers from all around the country gather and perform on the Ridge. In fact, some government functions and other local celebrations are also celebrated on the Ridge during New Year’s Eve.

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Other than the town of Shimla there are several places of interest around Shimla. All the roads leading out of Shimla are lined with orchards. The hills are covered in pine and cedar forests, contributing to the fantastic sights of wide floored valleys and the Himalayas in all their majestic glory. Some of these places around Shimla that one could visit are Chail, Craignano, Kandaghat, Hatkoi, Narkanda, Bihargaon, Kasauli, Chadwick Falls, Prospect Hill, Tattapani Chuddoil, Shiharo, Sanjauli, Kharal, Kotgarh, Rampur and Barog.

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