Gauchar Festival in Uttarakhand has been one of the most important elements of Uttarakhand’s history and has been celebrated like a ritual since 1943 – since the time of Indo-Tibetan Trade era and is a mark of the period when the people were initiated into the local trade which now has been converted into a tradition.
This year, Gauchar Festival will be up and lively from 23rd – 29th November, and will hold an all-round theme signifying the confluence of ‘Trade and Tradition’ encompassed under the serenity of Chamoli. The weeklong extravaganza will offer a variety of activities to participate and indulge in.
Since the festival will be held at different locations in Gauchar, it will exhibit a diverse environment for all types of enthusiasts. People seeking for an adrenaline rush can take part in land and aerial adventure sports such as paragliding, hot air balloon rides and trekking. For people who are looking to visit the festival for business meets can interact with the other buyers and sellers during the trade fair which will keep the agrarian and artistic treasure of Uttarakhand on the forefront. Furthermore, the festival also features amazing Yoga Camp, where one can immerse in practising and getting to know about the ancient Indian art and will also cater to the people towards the spiritual side with activities like a Prabhat Pheri.
Taking it to the next level, Gauchar Festival will also organize some mini internal fairs with concentric themes; the visitors can be a part of the Film Festival, to witness some of the most amazing feature films by well known directors and composers. Last but not the least, no festival in Uttarakhand is complete without an element of the State’s cuisine, which will take form as a Food Festival for the people to please their palates and tickle their taste buds with the amazing array of dishes. What’s more? There will also be an opportunity for the people to showcase their culinary skills with a ‘Master-chef Competition’.
According to Swati Bhadauria, District Magistrate, Chamoli “Gauchar Festival is one of the major developmental, cultural and industrial fair in the region and stands as a platform to promote trade and tradition. Through this festival, we invite people to explore the rich culture, local heritage and innovative business prospects of the district and State. The District Administration is leaving no stone unturned to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that the festival is a memorable experience for one and all”
Going beyond the expectations, for sports enthusiasts, this festival in Chamoli will also host a Sports Meet and sports activities like State Level Boxing Competition, Football, Volleyball, Badminton, Tug of War and Kabaddi Competition.
These 7 days of continuous celebrations will dazzle everyone’s evenings with an wide set of attractions, consisting of mind blowing performances by various artists; the line up will include the Jagar Samrat, Pritam Bhartwan, the Pahadi Pawandeep Rajan, the Soulful Nizami Bandhu, the Magical Mr. N. C. Sarkar, to name a few.
To stay updated on the latest updates and to register your interest for the different activities and affairs related to Gauchar Festival 2018, stay tuned with the official Social Media Pages of Uttarakhand Tourism or visit the official website for the festival, http://uttarakhandtourism.gov.in/gaucharfestival2018/