Festivals in Ladakh

Perhaps there is no better time to tour Ladakh region then during the festive season. Ladakh comes alive during festivals, when people from different corners of Ladakh converge at one place to celebrate and enjoy the festive spirit. Festivals are in fact the best way to get a feel of the Ladakhi culture.


Dec 12
Venue: All over Ladakh
Start Date: 12th December 2015  End Date: 12th December 2015

After the Galdan Namchot, is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Tsogkha pa, founder of Gelukpa School.

Feb 12
Venue: Nubra (Yarma)
Start Date: 12th February 2016  End Date: 13th February 2016

Feb 21
Venue: Matho Monastery
Start Date: 21st February 2016  End Date: 22nd February 2016

Matho Nagrang is celebrated at a Matho monastery on the 15th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan calendar.

May 20
Venue: All over Ladakh
Start Date: 20th May 2016  End Date: 20th May 2016

The Saga Dawa festival is celebrated on the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar.

Jun 1
Venue: Shey Manla
Start Date: 1st June 2016  End Date: 3rd June 2016

Sindhu Darshan is celebrated in Shey Manla, located 8 kms away from the main city of Leh.

Jul 1
Venue: Lamayuru Monastery
Start Date: 1st July 2016  End Date: 2nd July 2016

Yuru Kabgyat is a two-day festival that takes place in the month of July in the Lamayuru monastery

Jul 14
Venue: Hemis Monastery
Start Date: 14th July 2016  End Date: 15th July 2016

Hemis Gompa, the largest and richest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh plays host to the popular yearly festival day called Hemis Tsechu.

Jul 22
Venue: Stongdey Monastery
Start Date: 22nd July 2016  End Date: 23rd July 2016

The Stonday Gustor festival is an annual celebration held in the month of June. The venue for Stongday Festival is the Stongday monastery in Zanskar region of Ladakh.

Jul 31
Venue: Karsha monastery
Start Date: 31st July 2016  End Date: 1st August 2016

Karsha Gustor festival, is celebrated at Karsha monastery, the largest one in Zanskar in terms of the resident months, as it is home to around 100 lamas.

Sep 20
Venue: All over Ladakh
Start Date: 20th September 2016  End Date: 26th September 2016

Every year Ladakh festival is celebrated from 20th to 26th September in Leh and its villages.

Oct 28
Venue: Nubra
Start Date: 28th October 2016  End Date: 29th October 2016

Nov 17
Venue: Thiksay
Start Date: 17th November 2016  End Date: 18th November 2016

Thiksey Gustor, is a 2-day festival celebrated in Ladakh. This festival is celebrated at various monasteries of Thiksey.

Nov 27
Venue: Chemray Monastery
Start Date: 27th November 2016  End Date: 28th November 2016

Dec 23
Venue: All over Ladakh
Start Date: 23rd December 2016  End Date: 23rd December 2016

The Galdan Namchot festival in Ladakh is celebrated for commemorating the birthday and the Buddhahood of the Tibetan saint-scholar, Tsongkhapa.