February 6th, 2021
Festive vibes in Ladakh is like nothing else you will ever experience. Bring it on!
There is no doubt Delhi, Mumbai towns stand out when it comes to grooving on foot-tapping music. But since we all are bored with the city's mundane and hectic life, all we seek is solace, rejuvenation, and peace. What is a better destination than Ladakh? After finding a local Ladakh tour operator - Go2Ladakh, the next thing to do is decide when you can enjoy local festivals in Ladakh. Usually, the land of high passes is also a melting pot of various local festivals in the villages and monasteries. There are at least two every month in Ladakh, almost ensuring that you have an opportunity to experience one.
So what are you waiting for? Take your pick and plan your festival sojourn in Ladakh in 2021 with our list of 5 must-visit festivals in Ladakh.
On What Themes Ladakh Locals Celebrate Festivals?
Ladakh festivals' significance is based on birth occasions, monastery founders - head Lamas, and mainly on harvesting and starting off their New Year - Losar (in local Ladakh Language).
1. Yargon Tungshak Festival
Beautiful Nubra Valley is the place where Yargon Tungshak Festival is celebrated. The highlight of this festival is its mask dance performed by the locals wearing colorful attires. Locals and monks during Yargon Tungshak Festival gatherers with full enthusiasm. The magical Nubra Valley transforms into life. The festival commences during February or early March and lasts for two days! You must confirm the dates of the 2021 Yargon Tungshak Festival in Ladakh. Did we mention that monasteries arrange meals for local people?
2. Stok Guru Tsechu Festival
Two famous monasteries, Spituk and Stok in Ladakh, host the Stok Guru Tsechu Festival between February or early March for two days. Amidst all the contempt music and influence of the western world, this festival in Ladakh is associated with the roots of Ladakh, which could be best observed when you attend the masks dances and watch locals tapping their feet on the beats. Oracles perform the prayers at monasteries.
3. Matho Nagrang Festival
Similar to the previous festival in Ladakh, Matho Nagrang falls a week after Matho Nagrang Festival. The festival is performed in the 14th-century monastery - Matho Monastery. Located opposite the Thiksey Monastery, there is an assembly hall inside the monastery. Matho Nagrang Festival is a 2-day affair where oracles, monks dressed in Ladakhi God/Goddess attire perform rituals and sacred dances. Every three years, three oracles or monks are chosen to be a receptacle for deities. Matho Nagrang Festival's best thing is where monks before the festival start purifying their mind, body, and soul through gratitude and purification. Locals of the villages seek bits of help and blessings from the oracles about their problems.
4. Gang-Sngon Tsedup Festival
Unforgettable characters, wooden masks, mystical dances are the few elements of the Gang-Sngon-Tsedup Festival. This unique festival in Ladakh is celebrated at Phyang Monastery, and the whole place gets enlightened by local celebrations that give Ladakh a completely different look to indulge in. The festive date of the Gang-Sngon Tsedup Festival is from 18-19 July 2021. You could read Phyang Monastery from Leh via 19 km (approx.). You can enlighten your mind with the messages of Lord Buddha.
5. Sindhu Darshan Festival
Another unique festival in Ladakh, but this one rolls out for three days in June month. As the name suggests, it is celebrated to respect the Indus River on the same river banks. Sindhu Darshan Festival is celebrated at Shey Village, 13 km (approx.) from Leh. Its history dates back to 1997, and since then, thousands of people throng in this festival every year. But with the evolution of Ladakh, Sindhu Darshan Festival is now celebrated to pay respect to the soldiers protecting our mother nation. The commencement of the Sindhu Darshan Festival in Ladakh will start from 12 June-14 June. enjoy a bonfire at night on the banks and indulge in cultural programs and prayer ceremonies.
Festivals in Ladakh are grand events where entire communities - especially Buddist, gather to witness, indulge in religious performances, and receive blessings. Vibrance and ardor pump up with extravagant mask dances and beguiling fire performances.
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