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Landscapes of Ladakh in festive colors: Ladakh Festival

by Shwetha 6 year, 9 months ago

A festival of colors, culture, monks and monasteries, the annual Ladakh festival is all this and more... read on to find out what to look forward to this year

Tucked away in the high altitude cold reaches of the Himalayas, Ladakh lies aloof from the rest of the world for most part of the year. Come summer, with the bright sun for a backdrop against the symbolic red flags all around, lights up the festive atmosphere in September every year, as Leh and the surrounding villages come together to celebrate the annual Ladakh festival. Book exclusive Leh Ladakh holidays to become a part of this festival.

September 1st to 15th marks the fortnight long cultural extravaganza which begins with the inauguration ceremony which kicks off with a procession showcasing the various cultural troupes from different parts of the Ladakh. The parade passes through the city with artists dancing and singing to traditional Ladakhi music all dressed in traditional attire and bedecked. The colorful and festooned procession ends at the Polo grounds not before entertaining crowds with their best song and dance performances. What follows is seven days of lion dances, yak dances, craft stalls, excellent local food and plenty of the heady barley beer known as Chang, to keep the crowds entertained and pumped with zest! Book your Leh tours in North India.

The events during the festival include Archery, Polo, and Mask Dances from the monasteries, traditional dances by cultural troupes from surrounding villages, motorbike/cycle expedition to Khardung-la, Thanka painting exhibitions, river rafting and folk songs along with a series of various music concerts and cultural programs organized. All in all, the colors, the mood, the people, their culture and most of all the perfect weather makes it one of the best times to visit the wild and beautiful cold desert of Ladakh.

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