June 6, 2011
In the Northwestern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh there lies a beautiful hill station called Shimla. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India due to its natural beauty and picturesque looks. The small town amidst the lofty snow-clad Himalayan ranges, surrounded by lakes and lush green pastures looks as though an artist had painted it. The unique thing about Shimla is that it still retains its colonial charm and creates an ambience that is not found anywhere else in India.
Every year beginning of June another attraction adds to the popularity of Shimla: The international Shimla Summer Festival is held – this year from 2. to 7. June. It has been running annually since 1960, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and grandeur.
The festival welcomes the summer season with a display of the rich cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh and highlighting the cultural diversity of India. You can enjoy cultural performances and exotic Himachali cuisine. Local craftsman set up stalls to display their traditional handicrafts. Furthermore there are concerts, magicians and other performers astonishing their spectators, fashion shows, flower shows, competitions and many other activities. The streets are decorated and colourful, nature contributes with the pleasant summer season and lush shades of green.