Festivals of Ladakh

Ladakh Festival

The festive season is the best time to travel to Ladakh. People form far and wide visit the place to join and celebrate the festivals of Ladakh. The monasteries are decorated in the traditional way where the lamas carry on some interesting prayers. It is pleasurable to hear them enchanting the mantras. The colourful traditional costumes, frightful masks and lamas create an enchanting view. Some of the festivals of Ladakh include Hemis Festival, Matho Nagrang, Stok Guru Tsechu, Phyang Tsedup, Buddha Purnima and Losar Celebration(New Year Celebration).The monastic festivals are very popular, which are performed by monks who wear colourful garments and facial mask.

Hemis Tse Chu Festival

Located 45kms south of Leh, Hemis is one of the most accessible and visited gompas in Ladakh, besides being the most important in terms of spiritual hierarchy. It has a population of about 500 resident monks.

Yuru Kabgyat

Yuru Kabgyat is a two-day monastic festival of Lamayuru Gompa that falls on the 17th and 18th day of the 5th Tibetan month, generally coinciding in July. With about 200 resident monks,..

Losar Festival

The Ladakhi New Year has a unique tradition of being celebrated two months in advance, on the first day of the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar, though festivities begin on the 29th day of the 10th month.

Hamis Festival
Phyang Tsedup

Phyang Monastery is located 17kms west of Leh, situated on a hill overlooking the village and home to about 70 monks. Originally founded as a Kadampa establishment, ..

Stok Guru Tsechu

This is the annual festival of oracles hosted in Stok village, about 20 kms south of Leh, and the present seat of the Ladakhi royals. The festival is held on the 9th and 10th day of the 1st month of the ..

Matho Nagrang

The Matho Monastery located 26 kms east of Leh, is the only one belonging to the Saskya-pa order, one of the last Red Hat sects to be found in Tibet. It is inhabited by about 60 resident monks..

Dosmoche

Dosmoche, the 'festival of the scapegoat' is celebrated with great fervor in Leh. It is the last event of the New Year celebrations, and is held on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th Tibetan..

Thiksey, Karsha & Spituk Gustor

Gustor literally means 'sacrifice of the 9th day' and it commemorates the birth of Tsongkha-pa, the founder of the Geluks-pa monastic order in Tibet. It is a celebration of good over evil and is..

Ladakh Festival
Ladakh Harvest Festival

The Ladakh Festival is a major event organized in Leh by the Jammu & Kashmir Tourism department, from the 1st to 15th September every year, to promote and maintain the rich heritage of Ladakh's age-old culture.

Saka Dawa Festival

Saka Dawa is a prominent festival of Ladakh, which is celebrated as the holiest Buddhist day.An important activity performed during this festival is the flag pole changing, which is done by the lamas of adjoining monasteries.