The picturesque Lahaul valley in Himachal Pradesh is the place to be in for holidays this year. Plan your travel to be in time for the Chander-Bhaga Sangam Parv, to be held on June 12.This year it will be held on June 12 and Union Minister of State for Tourism Mahesh Sharma and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar are expected to participate. “We are holding Chandra-Bhaga Sangam Parv at Tandi on June 12 which will see a congregation of Buddhist and Hindu spiritual leaders and followers,” Chander-Bhaga Sangam Parv Samiti President Chander Mohan Parsheera said. The festival, which aims to promote unity and communal harmony in the country, is the second in the series.The festival will be held at Tandi village in Lahaul-Spiti district, located on the Manali-Leh highway and some 120 km from here, where both the Chandra and Bhaga rivers meet and give birth to the Chandrabhaga, later baptised as the Chenab river. The main attraction of the festival includes a concert by 100 violinists and a folk dance by over 1,000 local women, besides traditional ceremonies involving Buddhist prayers by senior Lamas. Parsheera said priests from Kathmandu’s Pashupatinath Temple and Buddhist spiritual leaders from Bhutan have been invited to take part in the event. “They will start religious ceremonies on June 2 at the festival venue and will continue till June 12,” Chander Mohan Parsheera said.June to September is the best time to visit the Lahaul Valley, dominated by Buddhists.
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