Chemry Angchok is a bright celebration of the rich cultural
diversity in Ladakh. It is a two day festival that includes theatre performances,
music arts and traditional folk dances and masks. If you are a fine arts buff,
dances signifying the victory of good over evil will leave you mesmerized.
Theatre performances depicting stories of Tibetan and Buddhist divinities are
things to watch out for in the festival. People were colorful masks and dresses
to take part in the carnival on thier holiday in Leh Ladakh.
The festival is generally centered on the Chemry Monastery
which is located at a distance of 45 kilometers from Leh. The monastery is
nestled in the beautiful valley of Changla and has a vast collection of
scriptures, which have texts written in golden letters and titles in sterling
silver. It is said that Swami Padma Sambhava found shelter in one of the caves
here, during his periods of meditation.
When is it Celebrated
The Chemry Monastery was founded in the year 1664 and has
since been celebrating this festival annually. Its unique dances and
performances draw many tourists to Ladakh. This annual festival is celebrated
with lot of grandeur in the month of November. It is generally scheduled to be
held during the 28th and 29th day of the 9th
month as per the Tibetan calendar. The final carnival passes through the
streets of Leh with people cheering it from their homes. Ladakh is an important place to vacation in North India.
Chemry Angchok is worth experiencing for every tourist. It is
a proof that India is a land of myriad cultures and beliefs. Feel the pulse of
excitement in you when you see the dancers wearing long flowing colorful
dresses perform the exotic dances.
If you take a flight to Leh, the view of the Greater
Himalayas will leave you mesmerized. The Leh airport is the highest airport in
the world. You book flight tickets from the Indira Gandhi International Airport
in Delhi or the Jammu Airport to participate in the Chemry Angchok festival.
Make sure you book your tickets early as there might be a rush.