Over 1,000 people, comprising government and retired employees, students and some tourists, participated in a yoga camp organised in this Himachal Pradesh town on a pleasant cloudy morning of Sunday, officials said.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani participated here.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani attended the yoga camp at Palampur town, the home town of Lok Sabha member Shanta Kumar, despite intermittent rain showers.
"What a relaxing morning," remarked Pankaj Sinha, a tourist from Delhi who is holidaying in Shimla with his family.
The state had announced to celebrate the International Yoga Day by involving schools, colleges, universities, public, yoga institutions, police personnel, NCC cadets in uniform, National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers and Nehru Yuva Kendras.
Over 300 army personnel of 1st Assam and their families participated in yoga exercises at Annandale, the picturesque ground in Shimla surrounded by thick forests.
BJP leader and two-time former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal participated in a yoga camp held in his home constituency Hamirpur town.