Ladakh festival celebrated each year in Leh is one phenomenal festival that you can not miss. The festival is celebrated on a large scale where several cultural troupes take part in and which traverses through Leh market. The festival involves dancing, singing and you get to see different colourful traditional Ladakhi outfits.

Things You Should Know About Ladakh Festival

Details Of The Ladakh Festival

The Ladakh festival like every year is happening in September from 25th to 28th. However, if you are a destination photographer, go a few dates prior to the festival to cover the preparations.

The festival starts with a parade in Leh and moves through the market before it comes to an end at Polo ground.

Ladakh folk dance performance in Ladakh festival
Ladakh folk dance performance

This is where you can book your hotels to not miss a single glance of “The Ladakh Festival”:

What Not To Miss!

The festival is celebrated with great pomp and show. During this time of the year, the religious parade crosses over from one monastery to another to celebrate the harvest season.

There are a few things that that Ladakh festival will offer you, make sure you don’t miss them. Here are a few of them listed below:

  • Every day is a new cultural performance by the locals and the performances are not only about dance, but it also includes drams, traditional painting exhibitions and even a polo match. I don’t think missing such entertainment will be a great idea.
  • One of the highlights of the Ladakh festival is the masked performances by the locals. The performance flaunts the colour of Ladakh so beautifully that you can’t help but capture it in your camera or your heart.
Masked Performances by Ladakhis in Ladakh festival
Masked Performances by Ladakhis
  • The festival is a chance for Ladakh to explore the less known yet beautiful culture of Ladakh by showcasing the folk heritage. You can’t feel it until you see it.
  • Like any other festival, Ladakh festival is also incomplete without the food. You can enjoy delicious Ladakh cuisines at this festival and then come every year to enjoy the authenticity of this festival.
Skiu- a traditional ladakhi dish served in the Ladakh festival

Also read: The vibrant Naropa Festival brightened Ladakh in 2018

Wondering How To Reach Ladakh For The Ladakh Festival?

Here is something to help you. It’s not tough to reach Ladakh if you plan properly. Check for different ways to reach Ladakh.

By Air:

Reaching Ladakh by air is the easiest but the costliest way. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is in Leh and is connected to many international airports like Srinagar, Jammu, Chandigarh and Delhi. You can take a cab from the airport to the venue or your hotel.

Keep your documents like identity proof, tickets in hard or soft copy and some cash or card handy.

By Bus:

Government and Private buses from Srinagar and Manali run on a daily basis that follow a route. Srinagar route is open from June to October and Manali ROute is open till June to October. SO if you are planning to take a bus, be sure of which route you are planning to follow.

By Train:

Jammu Tawi, Chandigarh and Pathankot are the nearest railway station to Ladakh. From Chandigarh, it might take a few days to reach Ladakh but the journey doesn’t stop there, you will have to take a cab from the railway station to Ladakh.

By Road:

You can take the road for your trip but the cab will cost you at least Rs 10,000/- for a round trip from Jammu railways station and back. You have to reach the nearest railway station to take a cab from there. This can be a little inconvenient, but if you can manage that, go for it.

I hope you have already decided to be a part of this beautiful festival this year. Quickly do the bookings and do let us know in the comments section below about your journey and the experience.


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