• Summary of Ladakh Festival Tour

    Festivals in Ladakh are celebrated as the occasions for merry-making. These festivals provide people with various opportunities to interact with each other, form new ties and renew the old ones. Many of the annual festivals of the Gompas in Ladakh takes place in winter, which is a relatively idle time for majority of the people. It is time when the whole village gather together.

    This is also an occasion to demonstrate the cultural heritage as well as the wealth of that particular monastery. Big and rare musical instruments, old weapons and religious objects including Thangkas are brought out during the performances. The first ceremony of any festival is very interesting as the male Lama is accompanied by the monks. Musicians, dancers and singers in an harmony create for visitors an unforgettable experience. Some of the popular themes includes the victory of good over evil or some special stories related to great Lamas where their supernatural power is demonstrated or the stories related to Guru Padmasambhava. Their dances are also very colourful. A clown plays an important role so that the villagers do not get disinterested by an overdose of religion or history so that atmosphere is joyful. Spituk, Stok, Thikse, Chemrey and Matho have their festivals in winter, between November and March. There are some festivals which are celebrated in warmer months. These are Lamayuru Festival (April or May), Phyang Festival, Thikse Festival (July or August).

  • Complete Daywise Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival Leh
    Reach Leh and get a warm welcome from the tour representative on day 01 (i.e. 31st Aug.) of the Ladakh Annual Festival tour. Check in at the hotel and leisure for rest of the day. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 2: Full day at Ladakh Festival
    Enjoy Ladakh Festival on 1st Sept. Celebrated every year in September in Leh, Ladakh Annual Festival is the inauguration ceremony of Losar festival and is celebrated on a massive scale. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 3: Leh Sight Seeing
    Go on a sightseeing tour of Phyang monastery on Sept. 2nd. In the afternoonBook Your Tour visit Matho and Stakna monastery. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 4: Leh - Sumur (Nubra Valley)
    Head to Nubra valley via Khardungla pass on day 04 of the Ladakh Annual Festival tour. On arrival, transfer to the Silk Route Cottage. Evening at Leisure. Overnight stay at The Silk Route Cottage.

    Day 5: Nubra Valley Sight seeing
    On day 05, proceed for a visit to the White Sand Dunes at Hunder. You can also enjoy the camel ride (on own). Later visit Hunder and Diskit monasteries and in the evening trek to Samstaling Monastery. Overnight stay at the Cottage.

    Day 6: Sumur to Leh
    Proceed for Leh and drive via Khardungla pass the World Highest Motorable road on day 06 of the Ladakh Annual Festival. In the evening explore Leh bazaar for souvenir. Also visit Leh Jokhang or Leh Mosque by foot. Overnight stay at the hotel at Leh.

    Day 7: Leh Sight Seeing
    Full day sightseeing tour of Leh on Sept 6th. Visit places like Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monastery. Overnight stay at hotel at Leh.

    Day 8: Leh to Uletokpo
    On day 08, drive from Leh to Uleytokpo and on the way visit Alchi monastery. Also walk to the beautiful village of Mangyu after taking lunch. Overnight stay at Uleytokpo camps.

    Day 9: Excursion to Lamayuru
    Start your day with a morning excursion to Lamayuru Monastery on day 09. Also visit the Rizong monastery and Chulichan nunnery in the afternoon. Overnight stay at Uleytokpo camps.

    Day 10: Uletokpo to Leh
    Drive back to Leh in the morning of day 10 and enroute visit Likir and Spituk monastery. Also visit Stok Palace and museum in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 11: Departure
    Transfer to Leh on Sept. 10 and board a flight for the onward destination.

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