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Fair & Festival Of Ladakh


Celebrating the unique culture and tradition of Ladakh, there are fairs and festivals which are enjoyed by the local people and tourists alike. However, most of the celebrations and festivals are celebrated during winters when people are relatively free. Here are some of the most popular festivals and fairs in Ladakh:

Yuru Kabgyat Festival

This festival is celebrated in July month at Lamayuru monastery. It is a 2 day affair. This festival is the symbol of bringing the peace and to protect the place from any type of disaster. Lamayuru monastery is located at 125 km distant from Leh. Mask dances, rituals and prayers are performed throughout the festival.

Dosmoche dance

Dosmoche Festival

Celebrated in February, the Dosmoche festival of the scapegoat is held to bring in the New Year. The wooden mast with religious emblems, dough ritual figures, streamers adorn the wooden mast and then cast away or burnt. It is considered that it burns the evil spirits belonging to the current years and starts New Year.

Karsha Gustor Festival

This festival is celebrates the victory of good over evil at Karsha monastery. It is considered as the largest monastery in Zanskar. Black Hat Dance and Masked dance by monks is the prime attraction of Karsha Gustor festival. It is celebrated every year in January month and is also called Spitok Gutor Zanskar Festival.

Karsha Gustor Festival

Sindhu Darshan Festival

Focused on the River Indus, Sindhu Darshan festival is organized by the J & K state government in May and June. Tourists and locals attend the rituals, darshan and worship the river Sindhu. Considered the symbol of community living, it is a tribute to the Indian soldiers who fought bravely while defending their country.

Chemday Wangchok Festival

It is a mystic mask dance festival and is celebrated in the winter at Chemday monastery. This festival is a 2 day affair. It is celebrated in the commemoration of Guru Padamasambhava birthday who is known to be the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. During the festival, monks continue to perform the masked dance.

Chemday Wangchok Festival

Losar Festival

The festival commemorates the Tibetan New Year and is usually held for 2 weeks in December or January. Locals make religious offerings to the Gods and deities. There are various rituals carried out mimicking the fight between good and evil, dramatized wars between the ruler and his ministers and the popular Ibex dance.

Saka Dawa Festival

This festival is celebrated annually all over Ladakh on 4th month of Tibetan calendar. It is considered as the holy month as on full moon of this month, Buddha was born and attained enlightenment. During festival, Tarboche flag pole is changed by lamas. If the flag does not stand erect, it is considered as inauspicious.

Matho Nagrang Festival

Matho Nagrang Festival

It is celebrated at Matho monastery and is held on 15th day of first month as per Tibetan calendar. It is a 2 day affair and throughout the festival mask dance performances are conducted that depicts the various forms of Gods and Goddesses. The Matho monastery is the only monastery that belongs to Sakya School of Buddhism.

Stongday Gustor Festival

It is an annually celebrated festival which is held in June month. It is held at Stongday monastery in Zanskar region. The dates are varied every year as per the Tibetan calendar. Sacred dance performances are held throughout the festival. This festival attracts the numerous locals and international tourists as well.

Tak-Tok Festival

Tak-Tok Festival

One of the chief festivals of Ladakh, the Tak-Tok festival is held at the Tak-Tok cave monastery and is one of the festivals that attract tourists and locals alike. It is celebrated in summer and allures the people to be a part of celebrations. Traditional dance and music is the major attraction of this festival.

Galdan Namchot Festival

It is conducted in the commemoration of birthday of Tsongkhapa who was the founder of Gelukpa School. All of the monasteries and buildings of this region are lit up. This festival begins the celebrations of New Year and continues till Dosmoche festival. Traditional dishes and scarf are the prime attractions of festival.

Thiksey Gustor Festival

Thiksey Gustor Festival

It is a festival that is celebrated for 2 days and is celebrated at different monasteries of Thiksey, Spituk and Karsha Nanzkar. After the ceremonial prayers, the sacrificial cake which is known as Torma is distributed. A re-enactment, some folk dances and music is also performed to show the victory of good over evil.

Ladakh Festival

Generally, held from 1st to 15th September of every year, it encompasses polo matches, archery competition, music, theatre, masked dances, display of art and crafts. It is held with the aim of promoting the rich cultural heritage of the Ladakhis and folk traditions of the region that dates back to its amazing history.


Hemis Festival

The most popular festival in Ladakh is held at the Hemis monastery. Held in late June and early July, it celebrates the birth of Guru Padmasambhava and commemorates his victory over demons while protecting the local people of Ladakh. Every 12 years, during the festival the huge, ancient Thangka is publically displayed.

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