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Shimla Culture

The culture of Shimla is such that it portrays a sound balance between traditional values and modern thoughts. The cultural heritage of Shimla is very traditional and rural. The people in Shimla depend on agriculture as a source of their living. Cattle’s rearing is yet another way of earning a civilized livelihood. The people in Shimla live in small huts with slated roofs. Every unit of village has its own shops and other facilities and necessities. There are regular fairs and festivals in these villages. You will find more information about the culture, music, dance, people and religion of Shimla in our related sections. Shimla culture reflects the tradition and life pattern of the pahari people. Being about 7500 ft above sea level Shimla is one of the favorite holiday destinations among tourists both nationally and internationally. Speaking of Shimla culture you cannot avoid their lifestyle, art and craft, fairs and festivals, food, dance, music, language or attire.

Lifestyle, Traditional Clothes and Language: The living pattern of the majority of people in Shimla is still that of a rural. Agriculture and livestock keeping are the two main occupations of the people. Clothes too reflect the Shimla Culture-be it Salwar, Kameez , Kurta or the long knee length gown known as Juan Chadiyan. Hindi being officially the state language, people mostly use Pahari or several language of it.

Art and Craft : The greatest example of the Culture of Shimla is the handworks of its people. You can check out the Thapada and Kohana- two styles of embroidery, bamboo items made by the Dom tribe. Apart from this Shimla also provides you its unparallel art of metal, stone and wood crafting.

Fairs and Festivals : Fairs and festivals are an essential part of Culture in Shimla and you can experience its charm as the city celebrates them all around the year. The main attractions amongst them are the summer and winter festivals, Shivratri, the Ice Skating Carnival and International Folk Festival.

Food, Dance and Music : Two famous recipes of Shimla are Baadi/Ghaunda, and Bada/Poldu. The major dance forms of Shimla are the Rakshasa Dance or the Dance of the Demon, the Kayang Dance and the Rasa Dance. The tribal music in Shimla is very famous. Instruments like Ektara, Jhanjh, Manjara, Chimta, etc. are used here.