Adventure travelers generally shop at the end of the trip for obvious reasons: to reduce the load as in the most cases they prefer backpacking or to minimize the cost of hiring porters and mules.
If you are winding a Himachal Pradesh (HP) adventure trip up, add a few days’ stay atChandigarhto the itinerary. Explore a miniIndiathrough its unique crafts in just one day at the 3rd Chandigarh National Craft Mela-2011. The 10-day mela (fair) starts fromOctober 8, 2011at Kalagram inChandigarh. The theme of the mela is ‘Colors & Sounds ofSouth India’. The mela is the best place for shopping souvenirs and Diwali merchandise.
You can buy designer lamps in different materials-clay and metal, idols for laxmi pujan (worshipping goddesses Laxmi), torans (decorations for doors), clothes and toys, to name but a few. The fair is not just about shopping; it also hosts cultural programs. Entry to the programs is free for all the visitors. This year you can enjoy South Indian folk performances.
Chandigarhis about 3-hour drive from Shimla, the entry point to Himachal Pradesh. During fair, special buses ply between Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), Chandigarh and other central places within the city, and the Kalagram for the convenience of the visitors. Alternatively, you can drive on your own.