Nanda Devi fair is held at many places in the state of Uttarakhand, like, Almora, Nainital, Kot, Ranikhet, Bhowali, Kichha, and on many villages like Lohar and in valleys of Pindar. This fair was first started in the Kumaon region, during the time of Kalyan Chand, back in the 16th century. This fair is very important and gets visitors from far away places. Nanda Devi fair is also important from a commercial and historical point of view as well.
The Nanda Devi fair is dedicated to the Goddesses Nanda and Sunanda.
This festival is of very high religious importance. The term 'Nanda' in
literal sense means prosperity and well being. This fair is symbolic of
the prosperity of the whole region.
During the festival, the place is filled with tourists and it becomes a
hub of activity. One can buy a lot of hand made products prepared by the
village craftsmen here. Many artists come and perform here during the
fair as well. It is a very good chance for them to show the folk
traditions of the place. It is celebrated during the month of September.