The Garhwal and Kumaon regions are dotted with ancient temples. On auspicious occasions, these centre of faith turn into venues of fascinating festivals, when people from far and wide gather there to offer their obeisance to the deity and give musical expression to their joy and happiness.
The major fairs and festivals of the Garhwal region are Hatkalika Fair, Tapkeshwar Fair, Surkhanda Devi Mela, Kunjapuri Fair, Lakhawar Village Fair, and Mata Murti Ka Mela.
The major fairs and festivals of Kumaon region are Uttarayani Mela, Shravan Mela (Jageshwar), Kartik Poornima at Dwarahat, Kasar Devi fair, and Nanda Devi melas.
The fairs & festivals of the Kumaon and Garhwal region reflects not only the innocent expressions of joy but also provides an insight into the rich cultural tradition and economic activities of the region.