The winter carnival of Manali began its journey way back in 1977. The first carnival was inaugurated by Late Dr. Y. S. Parmar the then Chief Minister of Himachal. The show, infact, was brainchild of Shri Harnam Singh, the founder of WHMI (that is how the present Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports was known as then) This Mountaineering Institute was then in its infancy and looking for areas of growth. Water sports and snow sports were its natural offshoots as both these resources are abundant in the State. In order to popularize skiing Shri Harnam Singh started open ski competitions at the upcoming Solang Slopes. Skiing then was dominated by skiers of HAWS, ITBP and Gulmarg Ski School – all professionals; participations of locals and non-professionals was only notional. These competitions were successful in drawing young blood and attracting a lot of local enthusiasts to the sport.

Carnival Events 2017

  • Carnival Parade
  • Folk Dance Competition
  • Winter Queen contest
  • Voice of carnival
  • Spot Dance
  • Personality (men)
  • Bollywood Dance (Old & New)
  • Street Dance
  • Street Play
  • Kesh Queen
  • Flash Mob
  • Fashion
  • Classical Dance

Audition Centres & Date


11 Dec. 2016, Farmer Training Centre


16 Dec. 2016, Gaity Theatre


14 Dec. 2016, Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16B


18 Dec. 2016, Polytechnic College

Place To visit

Manikaran town is situated in Parbati Valley at a distance of 45km from Kullu. The beautiful Parbati Valley is situated to the north- east of Kullu. Manikaran is famous for hot water springs that cure rheumatic pains. Manikaran is renowned for Gurudwara and Ram temple that bestows free lodging and food. Manikaran is famous for […]

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International Roerich Art Gallery Naggar

International Roerich Art Gallery is situated 2km uphill from Naggar bus stand. The gallery originally was N.K. Roerich’s residence, later turned into the art gallery by his son Svetoslav Roerich. The art gallery is run as Roerich Heritage Museum by a trust formed by the governments of Himachal Pradesh and Russia. Prime Minister of India […]

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Arjun Gufa

On the left bank of the river Beas, near Prini village, is the “Arjun Gufa” or the cave of Arjuna. It is believed that Arjuna practiced austerities to get Pashupata Ashtra or weapon from Lord Indra.

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Beas Rishi Lake

Beas Rishi Lake (3690m) is situated to the north-west of Manali and at a distance of 25km from Manali. The lake is very deep and transparent. The lake is mostly half covered by glaciers. The weather here is unpredictable and the best suitable period to visit is June to October.

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Bhrigu Lake

Situated to the north-east of Manali at a distance of 6km from Vashishtha village, Bhrigu Lake (4270m) has been named after sage Bhrigu. There is a beautiful wild flower meadow called Gulaba near the lake.

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Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass(4111 m) , 51 km from Manali takes you to the highest point on the National Highway. Rohtang Pass offers you a spectacular view of the valley. One can see the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendor here. ‘Rohtang’ in Tibetan language means a house of corpses. Perhaps this name has […]

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Rahla waterfalls

Rahla waterfalls is located at a distance of 27 km from Manali. It is a mesmerizing waterfall where the River Beas cascades in showers from a height of 50 metres. It is a beautiful picnic spot for the nature lovers. Rahla means a halting station. In the olden days sages, saints and pilgrims preferred to […]

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Kothi (2530m) is a beautiful village situated to the north of Manali town and at a distance of 15km from Manali. Brooks gushing down from the mountains pass through the village and there you stand infatuated by the astonishing vistasIt offers a magnificent view of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers.

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Solang Valley

Solang valley (2480m) is situated 13km to the north-west of Manali. The slopes of Solang are considered one of the best in the world for skiing; State & National level winter sports are organized here. Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. It has fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering […]

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Secretary National Level Winter Carnival Committee Manali, Distt. Kullu (H.P.)