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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the first lake carnival of Uttarakhand, which is being held at Bhimtal near Nainital. This three-day carnival was opened with a host of stalls, also highlighting various social and cultural traditions and various art forms of the state.
Addressing the event, the Chief Minister said it was a good thing that the event was being organised in Bhimtal, as it would put a focus on offbeat locations of Uttarakhand, thereby motivating travellers to visit them more.
The Chief Minister also added that the famous tourist spots witness thousands of tourists every week, whereas destinations like Mussoorie, Chakrata, Nainital, and even Lansdowne, have a limited capacity. And, as Uttarakhand is blessed with so much beauty and countless other locations like Bhimtal, such festivals will push tourists to add those locations in their travel itinerary, which can be developed into tourist attractions as well.
Reports also suggest that the festival will be graced by many folk singers, including Kishan Mahipal and Meena Rana, along with fusion bands, such as Harmony.
Later in this month, Nainital will host the Winter Carnival, which will also host a food festival. Although exact dates are yet to be finalised, officials stated that it will likely be organised around Christmas.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated several development and infrastructure projects, including the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), Kumaon’s first tele-medicine service, a special portal for ASHA workers, and various other projects in Haldwani.