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Ladakh Festival - A Cultural Extravaganza

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 9 months ago

The region of Ladakh is famed for its mountain ranges, trekking and biking trails and snow leopards. Ladakh mainly attracts tourists during the month of September due to the annual Ladakh festival that is held here. Take a peek...

Come winter and Ladakh will feature in every tourist’s list. Thanks to the annual Ladakh festival that is held in the region and experience a taste of Ladakh’s culture by taking a trip to Leh Ladakh during the festival and witnessing the festivities.

The Ladakh Festival

Held during the first fortnight in September, from the 1st to the 15th as an annual event, the Ladakh Festival brings forward the region’s heritage in a haze of colours, merriment, music and dance.  

The festival brings together the diverse cultures and traditions that prevail over the region of Ladakh and locals and tourists alike are invited to join the celebrations.

The Procession of Colours

J&K Tourism in collaboration with the local and district communities organizes this event each year, and the incredible inaugural procession is something that you shouldn’t miss. The procession moves through the slopes of Leh’s main market and different cultural troupes put forth their best songs and dances on display during this procession.

The procession finally ends at Polo Ground, where the troupes then perform folk dances. You’ll witness picture perfect moments during this procession as you move along with the performing crowd.

The Ladakh Festival Cup

The most famous highlight of the festival is the polo tournament called the Ladakh Festival Cup, a competition that aims at reliving the traditional western Himalayan sport in full bloom right at its birthplace. Leh Bazaar, Kargil district, Zanskar valley and many such smaller villages participate in this annual commemoration of their beautiful and rich culture on your holidays in North India.

Other Major Events

Every village around Leh conducts its own archery festival, one where every villager is compulsorily expected to attend and test his bow and arrow skills. The women participate in the cultural dancing and singing fests, and participation in this event is mandatory too.

This is later followed by an event where mask dances are performed by the Lamas of select monasteries. These dances signify the prevalence of good over evil and during these dances; snatches of Ladakh’s religious beliefs are shared too. Country liquor is served during these mask dances and mock marriages that are unique to the local region are too organized during this festival.

The Ladakh Festival brings together a magnificent display of the inherent diversity of the region through a medium that not only helps in reviving the tradition but also provides an artistic display that can be enjoyed by tourists, both local and international. 

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