Winter Carnival of Manali is one of the two winter fairs organized in Himachal Pradesh, with the other being the one in Shimla. It is organized in the month of February, when there is lot of snow and ice covering the slopes of Himachal hills. People coming to the carnival can opt for winter sports organized at snow-capped Rohtang range and ski slopes of Solang valley. One of the major attractions of the Winter Carnival of Manali is a beauty contest, known as the ‘Winter Queen’ contest.
The event is an important addition into the cultural calendar of Himachal Pradesh and a must visit for people vacationing in Himachal during winters. The major highlights of this carnival includes skiing championship, himachali food festival, craft bazaar, local band competition, folk dances, street plays, adventure sports etc. As a huge tourist attraction, this event is a rich showcase of true Himachali culture and traditions.