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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the lifestyle and culture of Shimla?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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The Culture and lifestyle of Shimla reflects the traditions and life patterns of the pahari people. The people living here follow the ideology of simple living and high thinking. These down to earth people come from a mix of various tribes and races, and follow their traditions and rituals with full devotion. They are so welcoming and warm at heart that you would want to keep coming back.

If you have heard stories of the Indian Kings you must be remembering how they used to send their children to Gurukul which were generally located in some distant land surrounded by all the elements of nature. Shimla is one place where education combines with nature and helps one connect better to the five elements our body is an amalgamation of. It is the hub of top reputed boarding and day schools in India which is well reflected in its Human Development indicators.


The residents attach high significance to education and special care is taken of the educational institutes by the Himachal Government. This strong educational background dates back to the time of British settlement when lots of missionary schools came up, Bishop Cotton, Auckland House and Loretto Convent, to name a few. Also the Indian Institute of Advanced Study is well known around the globe making the place popular among students from everywhere.


Despite the commercialization and the immigration of people from distant lands, the people here have preserved their traditions and rituals. When in Shimla you would not want to miss their traditional art and craft, culture, fair, festival, music, dance, clothes or even food.


Shimla is  famous for its unmatched art of metal, stone and wood crafting, a sample of which you would definitely want to take back home as a souvenir. The handwork of the people is commendable and is known for Thapada and Kohana embroidery which can be seen in shawls, salwar, kameez, kurtis  and also the traditional knee length gowns called Juan  and Chadiyan. Carpets, blankets and rugs of Shimla are very popular among tourists. For the jewellery lovers Shimla has beautiful traditional metal and bead jewellery characterized by artistic craftsmanship of the locals.


Hum the catchy tunes or let your body get swayed by the thumping beats, let loose and and get coloured in the vivid colours of the traditional music and dance of Shimla. Kayang, Bakayang, Bnayangchu, Jataru Kayang, Shand and Rasa are some of the dance forms that are native to Shimla will get your feet tapping. The beautiful dresses and the antique jewelry are a treat to eyes.


Shimla’s rustic culture is well linked to its occupation. Agriculture and livestock rearing are main source of livelihood for the people of Shimla. You will find many people working in terrace farms and orchards. The apples and oranges produced here are famous all over India.

You will not be doing justice to your trip to Shimla if you do not embrace the rich culture and take a dip in the local flavours!

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