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.


Feb 13
Venue: Likir and Diskit monastery
Start Date: 13th February 2018  End Date: 14th February 2018

Feb 19
Venue: Nubra (Yarma)
Start Date: 19th February 2018  End Date: 20th February 2018

Feb 24
Venue: Spituk monastery
Start Date: 24th February 2018  End Date: 25th February 2018

Mar 1
Venue: Matho Monastery
Start Date: 1st March 2018  End Date: 2nd March 2018

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

May 29
Venue: All over Ladakh
Start Date: 29th May 2018  End Date: 29th May 2018

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

Jun 12
Venue: Lamayuru Monastery
Start Date: 12th June 2018  End Date: 13th June 2018

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

Jun 12
Venue: Shey Manla
Start Date: 12th June 2018  End Date: 14th June 2018

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

Jun 23
Venue: Hemis Monastery
Start Date: 23rd June 2018  End Date: 24th June 2018

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

Jul 1
Venue: Stongdey Monastery
Start Date: 1st July 2018  End Date: 2nd July 2018

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

Jul 11
Venue: Karsha monastery
Start Date: 11th July 2018  End Date: 12th July 2018

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.

Jul 11
Venue: Phyang Monastery
Start Date: 11th July 2018  End Date: 12th July 2018

Sep 25
Venue: All over Ladakh
Start Date: 25th September 2018  End Date: 28th September 2018

Every year Ladakh festival is celebrated from 1st September to 15th September in Leh and its villages.

Oct 7
Venue: Nubra
Start Date: 7th October 2018  End Date: 8th October 2018

Oct 27
Venue: Thiksay
Start Date: 27th October 2018  End Date: 28th October 2018

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

Nov 5
Venue: Chemray Monastery
Start Date: 5th November 2018  End Date: 6th November 2018

Dec 2
Venue: All over Ladakh
Start Date: 2nd December 2018  End Date: 2nd December 2018

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

Dec 8
Venue: All over Ladakh
Start Date: 8th December 2018  End Date: 8th December 2018

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