Rampur Lavi Fair In 1960 : A Flashback Photo Essay


Lavi was established as a trade fair between Satluj valley and western Tibet with signing of a treaty in circa 1681 between the Bushair royal house and the 5th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Back then horses and swords were exchanged between Raja Kehar Singh (1696-1753 A.D.) of Rampur Bushair State and the Dalai Lama as a token of friendship.

It was pledged to hold the trade fair each autumn till the time Satluj went dry or crows turned white.

Rampur in 1960


Traders at Lavi Fair prepare a meal


A packed bazar during Lavi


Lavi shoppers clad in heavy woollens


Lavi fair business hours with crowded stalls


Local architecture with roadside sellers selling local craft products


Lavi fair stalls put up on an open ground


Rampur Lavi 1960


Wool – Pashmina trading at Lavi


A temple shikara in another part of Rampur bazar


Harnessed Chamurthi horses


Famed Chamurthi horse trading at Rampur Lavi


Proud Kinnauri women in traditional attire


Kinnauri woman with traditional jewellery


A Kinnauri gentleman

Trade with Tibet was a prominent feature of Lavi till 1962 that the Indo-China war disrupted. Links broken then and the tough border conditions restricting movement of people across it are still to be restored

A Tibetan trader at Rampur Lavi


Another Tibetan Trader at Lavi


Kinnauri women at the fair


Sarahan In 1960

The author/photographer trekked to Sarahan as there was no motorable road to the place in 1960.

The Bhimakali Temple complex


Harvest time at a village in Sarahan valley


Village houses in traditional architecture that are not to be seen in Sarhan valley anymore


A family picture at a Sarahan village



Dr Klaus Dierks

Dr Klaus Dierks, PhD,  born on 19 February in Berlin-Dahlem in Germany, was a Namibian citizen. He passed away on 17 March 2005 in Windhoek, Namibia.

He obtained his schooling in Zeuthen/Mark, Schulpforta, Eichwalde (near Berlin) and Berlin-Schöneberg where he studied Civil Engineering and History at Berlin Technical University (Humanistic degree in history: 1962; Master Degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in civil engineering: 1965 and the doctorate in civil engineering (Dr.-Ing.: summa cum laude: 1992).

He was keenly interested in history and archaeology and had visited nearly all the major archaeological sites in the world.

His hobbies were: Mountaineering, Namibia-politics, Namibian history (especially the discovery of the oldest systematic settlement in Namibia: ||Khauxa!nas), Piano playing, Photography, Mountaineering and trekking expeditions in the Himalayas, Karakoram and South American Andes (more than twenty since 1959) and Philately.



Beautiful Himachal: was the first blog post article when this platform was launched on 20th January, 2004 by Avnish Katoch wherein the USA based IT professional from Himachal posted out the link PHOTO DOCUMENTATION: INDIAN HIMALAYA 2003 by Klaus Dierks. It was during his extensive travels in the Himalayas that Dr Klaus Dierks photo documented the Lavi Fair as it was held in the year 1960. 

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