MANALI: The five-day-long national level Winter Carnival, the largest tourism event of Himachal, will start from January 2 to 6 with participation of cultural troops from many states and all districts of Himachal Pradesh.
Aimed at promotion of local culture and to boost tourism in winter months, the carnival will begin with presentation of over 100 tableaus and cultural processions showcasing their art and culture. Winter Queen pageant, where beauties from many states will vie for the title, will be the main attraction of the event. Voice of Carnival, fold dances, folk songs, fashion shows and events in many categories would be organized in five days.
Over a thousand women from nearly 80 mahila mandals will present group folk dance on the Mall Road to entertain the tourists. After cultural processions on Wednesday morning, 5,000 people will sing National Song together and kick start various competitions.
Entire Manali has been coloured in festive mood and the local administration thinks large number of tourists will come to Manali during this period and those who are already in Manali for New Year celebrations will extend their stay. The hoteliers here have also offered discount of up to 50 per cent in tariff to woo the tourists.
Winter Carnival Committee vice chairman Raman Gharsangi said carnival is celebrated every year from January 2 to 6 with purpose to promote local culture. “All arrangements have been done. We shall ensure maximum participation of tourists and locals. As there is prediction of snowfall in coming days, PWD has been directed to be ready with machines to clear snow and keep roads open. Most of the teams from other states and districts have reached Manali.”
Winter games postponed
Unfortunately, absence of adequate snow on slopes has forced organizers to postpone the winter games. Winter games are the integral part of the Winter Carnival which were being organized at Solang after many years.
This is bad news for winter games lovers that national alpine skiing and snowboarding championships which were to begin from Wednesday have been postponed due to unavailability of adequate snow on the slopes at Solang valley.
Ashwani Kumar, joint director of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, said weather has ruined all preparations. “11 national teams, many clubs and individuals were invited for the championships in five categories. The event has now been postponed to February 2. Still it will totally depend on snowfall. Presently all the teams have been informed about cancellation of the championships,” he said.