Himachal Pradesh - Trekking
Kullu Dussehra Celebration
Kullu Dussehra is the renowned International Mega Dussehra event in 1972 in Himachal. Kullu, the “Valley of Gods”, is one of most beautiful parts of Himachal. Kullu Dussehra festival and the serene weather are complimentary to the valley. Kullu Dussehra celebrated in different parts of the country. Kullu Dussehra is the Dussehra festival of Himachal observed in the month of October/November.
It is Celebrated in Dhalpur Ground in the Kullu valley. Three days folk dance festival will also be a part of the Dussehra fair. This serene town is famous for attracting visitors from all across the Globe. The pleasant weather and beauty of the valley along with the celebrations fill the visitors with eternal happiness.
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On Dusshera Goddess Hadimba of Manali comes down to Kullu. A Goddess of royal family of Kullu. After blessing the royal family, she comes to Dhalpur maidan for Celebration. Dussehra at Kullu commences on 10th day of the rising moon, i.e. on 'Vijay Dashmi' day and continues for 7 days. Dussehra is celebrated in most parts of the country on Vijya Dashmi to commemorate the victory of Rama over king Ravana. Kullu Dussehra is slightly different because its celebrations begin when the rest of the country closes the nine day long festival. The highlight of this fair is the victory of good over evil.
The first day is started with huge week long celebration, the statue of Lord Raghunathji is installed on a beautifully designed chariots, is pulled by ropes by the locals from its place to different sites across the Maidan. A spectacular start with the traditional Rath Yatra. Kullu is known for its beautiful gorges, wondrous waterfalls, chatty mountain, stream and ancient temples. Its history dates back to the 16th century when local King Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance. After this, god Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of Valley. The Rath Yatra of the idol of Lord Ragunath is led by the Kullu Raja and village deities, and is known as the running of the Gods.
Kullu Dussehra is popular countrywide Navrati event celebrate in grand style. 100s gods and goddesses mounted on colourful palanquins participate in this procession of gold-silver idols symbolising the Hindu deities, which are brought in from villages to be paraded through town’s streets. It gives impression as if the doors of heaven have been opened and the gods have come down to the earth to rejoice. Over 250 local deities of the valley assemble at Dhalpur maidan.
Several other activities including cultural programs, sports competition, exhibitions and much more are also held in the big event. A bunch of religious ceremonies, cultural activities as well as socializing and shopping at the huge market are organized at ground. Kullu mirrors of culture and clearly shows lifestyle, folk dance and music of this region. Setup various exhibitions concerning their line of work, thousands of people witness the International Cultural Festival at night. Another major attraction of the huge ceremony is the International Folk Festival.
Kullu Dussehra ends without animal sacrifice, at the end of week-long festival, involving congregation of 100s of deities at Dhalpur ground. Kullu is known as Valley of Apples, but a more appropriate name might be ‘Valley of Shawls’.
HOW TO REACH
BY AIR : Bhuntar is the nearest airport, which is 52 km away from Manali. Transports available from Bhuntar, its well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
BY ROAD : Delhi - Manali is well connected, take an overnight bus journey in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets available online.
MORE INFO : From Delhi (ISBT, Majnu ka Tilla) most Volvo private buses leave between 5 pm - 6 pm. AND From Manali most Volvo private buses leave between 4 pm - 5 pm. Plan your onward journeys accordingly.
WHAT ARE THE RISK INVOLVED ?
Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS): Shortness breath, Mild headache & Tiredness are some common in high altitude trek. Risk of being hit by AMS is considerably low but you are advised to be on a course of Diamox. In case of any medical emergencies, there are easy exit points on this trek, means evacuation will generally not take more than 24 hours.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR TREK
Prepration: Fight again sub-zero temperatures, carry multi layers throughout winter trek and practice carrying packed backpack to comfortable with it. Carrying dry fruits will help on trek since they provide instant energy. The ascent-descent during the trek demands level of fitness. Begin your fitness preparation, jogging 5 Km in 30 minute before One month or two before start the trek, stretching exercises for flexibility are important so you don’t get cramps in trek.