The land of festivals, fun, diversity – India is known for its colours, food, and language. One such state in India is Ladakh; covered with snow-peaked mountains, alluring beauty, picturesque views and daunting passes it is an unexplored paradise.
Besides the unparalleled beauty, Ladakh also hosts an array of colourful festivals which are distinct to its land. Here are some of the most enchanting festivals of Ladakh to experience in 2020.
When: December 30
Where: Across Leh-Ladakh
If you are planning to visit Ladakh on New Year, get ready to get drenched in the colours of Losar. Replete with cultural events, rituals, and performances, it is one of Ladakh’s most popular festivals. The festival falls on the first day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar. The festival that lasts for two weeks represents the struggle and ultimately the triumph of good over evil.
2. Sindhu Darshan
When: June 12- June 14
Where: Banks of river Sindhu at Shey Manila in Leh
Celebrated on Guru Purnima, Sindhu Darshan is another significant festival of Ladakh. The three-day festival commemorates the Indus River. The festival symbolises communal harmony and unity in diversity. Sindhu Darshan festival begins with Buddhist prayers by the Senior Lamas. You can also expect to witness cultural programs by renowned artists throughout the celebrations.
3. Hemis Tsechu
When: July 11- July 12
Where: Hemis monastery
The festival is celebrated for two days and features a series of mask dances by the lamas of Hemis monastery. The festival concludes with a sacrificial offering on the last day. The dancers wear colourful masks and fine silk costumes to represent various guardian divinities of the Drugpa order. The vibrant celebrations exemplify good prevailing over evil.
4. Ladakh Festival
When: September 22– September 25
Where: Across Leh
Showcasing the cultural diversity of various regions, the Ladakh festival witnesses performers celebrating with utmost joy and opulence. An extravaganza of dance programs, traditional music performances, and colourful robes, the festival spans over a duration of almost two weeks.
On the final day, religious procession crosses over from one monastery to the other. Archery, polo, masked dances, and concert are the key attractions of the eventful festival.
5. Yuru Kabgyat
When: July 29- July 30
Where: Lamayuru monastery
If you wish to witness the mystical beauty of Lamayuru monastery together with the celebration of Yuru Kabgyat, then July is the perfect month for you to travel to Ladakh. The two-day festival is marked by singing and dancing in a traditional pattern. Religious teachings of Buddha, and colourful ethnic garments worn by the monks are the key attractions of the festival. Held at the Lamayuru monastery, the Yuru Kabgyat festival attracts Buddhist from worldwide and Lamas from Japan, Tibet, Korea and China.
These festivals make Ladakh an even more enchanting place to visit as you can enjoy the celebrations while beholding the picturesque beauty of the land.
(Curated by Priya Pareek)