Shobla Bana, a cultural festival in Naggar, Himachal Pradesh, is a unique community-based celebration showcasing the cultural diversity of the Kullu region. Promoting local artisans and their work, the festival serves as a platform for identifying skill sets within the community, as well as creating opportunities for employment. “Shobla Bana”, “Beautiful Fashion” in the Kulavi language (spoken in Kullu district) is slated to include painting, crocheting and knitting competitions, an Odissi dance performance, a skit by members of Radio Udaan discussing the challenges faced by differently-abled individuals, cultural walks, Own Your Laptop Challenge and Dress up in a Pattu Challenge. The events will be followed by a speech by Rahul Bhushan, Creative Director and Founder of HPCDI NORTH – Himachal Pradesh Craftsmanship and Design Innovation Institute, highlighting local culture as an expression of art and craft, and providing insights into the traditional architectural styles and challenges faced by Kath Kuni homes in Himachal Pradesh. The festival will also include a skit by students from Liberation and Education Welfare Society, Naggar, as well as an evening programme, comprising yoga, meditation and wellness sessions, for differently-abled individuals. Other highlights include a traditional Natti dance performance, songs presented by Radio Udaan members, a kavali performance by students from the National Association for Blind, exhibition stalls showcasing exotic local fabric and traditional food. Shobla Bana is organised by the Civic Help & Progress Foundation (CHAP) every year in Naggar, Himachal Pradesh, India.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Manali?
1. By Air: Bhuntar airport located at a distance of 10 km from Manali and is the gateway to this region. Tourists who prefer and can afford to fly cut down on travel time hugely and thus can have a lot more time to enjoy Manali. Flights are available from all the major cities.
2. By Rail: Jogindernagar railway station is the nearest railhead to Manali that connects the hill station with several important cities of the country. Chandigarh and Ambala are other options to reach Manali by train. From the railheads, one can get several mode of transportation including taxi and bus at reasonable cost.
3. By Road: The Himachal Pradesh state bus service is ace and one can get frequent buses from the region to different parts of the country at reasonable cost. The best and most cost effective way to reach Manali is by road. Roads connect Manali to diffrent places including Delhi (540km), Chandigarh (305km), Dehradun (227km) and Ambala (370km). There are several private buses as well that connect the hill station with different part of the state.
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Items & Accessories To Carry
1. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
2. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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