Lavi Fair is held amidst a great deal of fanfare in Himachal Pradesh. Rampur had once been a very important commercial center and with passage of the time it became the venue for the famous age-old Lavi Fair, reputed to be one of the biggest trade fairs in Northern India. The fair is held every year in the second week of November (11th-14th).
Rampur lies along the ancient trade routes to Tibet, Ladakh and Afghanistan. It used to which had its borders well into Kinnaur.
During the reign of King Kesar Singh in the 18th century, a Treaty was signed between be the capital of the mighty Bushahr Empire, Rampur and Tibet.
It was decided that they would be friends till the time comes when all waters of River Sutlej evaporates and the crows change their colors into white. The fair was held to commemorate their friendship.
A modern touch made it all the more glorious and attractive, for the Lavi Fair has been brought back to entertain the weary and sullen men, burdened with their day to day jobs. Lavi Fair is a welcome relief for them.
Large crowds pour in from Kinnaur, Spiti and Lahaul.They gather on the banks of the Sutlej to buy, sell and barter their produce which includes everything from homespun blankets and wool shawls to dry fruit and even horses .
There are sporting competitions during the day, and dancing around bonfires after dark. The fair coincides with the return of the shepherds from high pastures for the coming winter and has been held for over 300 years.
The fair is also renowned for a variety of handicrafts. Thus the Lavi Fair in Himachal Pradesh is renowned for its excellence in bringing to the forefront the ancient Indian Culture.
Large number of traders are coming to the fair to sell a great range of Himachal Handicrafts & Handlooms ,in which the Pashmina shawls still adorn the royal class of the French as French Queen, Marie Antoinette aws very fond of the Himalayan wool products and as such the fair has already been recognized as an International Fair.
Stunning Pashmina Wool is an important item that is sold at the Lavi Fair. The Dry Fruits reminds us of the variety of agricultural products that can be grown in the Indian soil.
The well-known Chaumkhi Horses brought from remote tribal areas are sold at the Lavi Fair at Himachal Pradesh.
Apart from the Horses, woolen pattoos, kala zira and dry fruits (Walnuts,Pine Nuts,Almonds,Apricots-dry,Bitter apricot kernels) are also brought and sold in the Lavi Fair at Himachal Pradesh.
Chinese artifacts, such as jewellery, Chinese Jackets, Track Suites, Crockery, handicrafts, tea, herbs, heavy woolens and even ‘bushy Yak tails’ are expected to be displayed on the Tibetan and Kinnauri stalls .
This has been possible only after the establishment of an intimate trade relationship with China and Tibet.
Efforts have been made to restore the old glory of the fair and historic places, which recently has been given a modern touch.