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Timings : 11-14 November
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

International Lavi Trade Fair
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Lavi Fair is a unique event held in Rampur Bushahr which is a municipal council in the district of Shimla. It is celebrated every year from 11th to 14th of November and is attended by small and large-scale merchants and businessmen, but is majorly organised to encourage business amongst the locals and the shepherds. Locals celebrate the event to commemorate the Mutual Trade Treaty that was signed between Rampur Bushahr and Tibet. The venue of Lavi fair is on the banks of the mesmerising River Sutlej, and one can get a glimpse of the traditional methods of trade of essentials that include wool, horses, mules, yaks, dry fruits etc. These items are either sold or bartered and the entire experience at the foothills of the Himalayas in November is an exhilarating experience to have.

Lavi Fair is also called the International Lavi Trade Fair which has been held in the region for over 300 years. It is considered a legacy of Himachal Pradesh. The rich cultural, social and economic history is celebrated during this fair and hence it is also believed to have high aesthetic significance in Shimla. It is an international fair and people participate in this event with great enthusiasm. The platform is never missed by the traders as it only helps them build and strengthen the bond on a personal level.

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History of Lavi Fair

Rampur Bushahr, the venue where Lavi Fair is held every year, is also known as the gateway of the district of Kinnaur. Kinnaur is the oldest town located on the Hindustan - Tibet road. The Lavi Fair in Rampur Bushahr enabled trade relations between Kinnaur and Tibet since ancient times to sell or barter items like Wool, Pashmina, Horses, Mules, Yaks and other essential products etc. The Fair marks the treaty signed between Tibet and Rampur Bushahr 300 years ago during the reign of Raja Kehri Singh in the 17th century. This treaty has strengthened the trade relations between Tibet and Rampur Bushahr, and the Fair is held even today in the memory of the agreement.

Tips

1. Tourists are advised to take care of their belongings.
2. One may want to book accommodation nearby to attend all the events of the International Lavi Fair.

How To Reach Lavi Fair

Lavi Fair is held in Rampur Bushahr which is about 130 kilometres away from Shimla. It is well connected by road. Public transport is the best way to reach the fair venue. Tourists can opt to take a bus ride or hire a taxi to reach Rampur Bushahr. Those exploring the city by self-driven vehicles can reach the village via NH 5.

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