Monastery festivals and buddhist celebrations in Ladakh

The dates 2019

Colorful robes, scary masks, unusual musical sounds for western ears, never seen dance steps, these are monastery festivals in Ladakh, where monks in incredible dance performances try to impart stories and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. If you feel like it, plan your trip so that you can include one (or two) in the program. Incidentally, we’re happy to help you, so that the rest of the program fits perfectly as well 😉

 

Need an example? This is a short video of Matho-Nagrang

 


3-4. January Spituk Gustor in Spituk


2.-3. February Dosmoche in Leh und Likir


14.-15. February Stok Guru Tsechu in Stok


18.-19. February Matho Ngagrang in Matho


17. June Saka Dawa in whole of Ladakh


29.-30. June Yuru Kabgyad in Lamayuru


11.-12. July Hemis Tsechu in Hemis


19.-20. July Shachukul Gustor in Shachukul


20.-21. July Stongde Gustor in Stongde/Zanskar


30.-31. July Karsha Gustor in Karsha/Zanskar


30.-31. July Phyang Tserup in Phyang


3.-4. August Korzok Gustor in Korzok


10.-11. August Thakthok Tsechu in Sakti


14.-15. August Sani Naro Nasjal in Sani/Zanskar


26.-27. October Diskit Gustor in Diskit/Nubra


15.-16. November Thiksey Gustor in Thiksey


24.-25. November Chemde Angchok in Chemde


21. December Galdan Namchot in whole of Ladakh


27. December Losar (New Year) in whole of Ladakh




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Like every year also 2017 will have it’s cultural highlights which are really worth to be seen. To be able to plan already now your trip 2017 to Ladakh we put the most important dates together. 

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Ladakh: Monastery festivals & and other important dates for 2017

 

Name of festival
Venue
2017
Spituk Gustor Spituk 25.+26. January
Dosmochey Leh & Likir 24.+25. February
Yargon Tungshak Nubra (Yarma) 2.+3. March
Stok Guru Tsechu Stok 6.+7. March
Matho Nagrang Matho 11.+12. March
Saka Dawa All of Ladakh 9. June
Yuru Kabgyat Lamayuru 21.+22. June
Hemis Tsechu Hemis 3.+4.July
Dalai Lama’s Birthday
Jivatsal, Shey 6. July
Sachukul Gustor Sachukul 11.+12. July
Stongde Gustor Stongde, Zanskar 12.+13. July
Ladakh Polo Festival Chushot 11.-17. July
Karsha Gustor Karsha, Zanskar 21.+22. July
Phyang Tsesdup Phyang 21.+22. July
Korzok Gustor Tsomoriri 26.+27. July
Dakthok Tseschu Thakthok 2.+3. August
Sani Nasjal Sani, Zanskar 6.+7. August
Diskit Gustor Diskit, Nubra 17.+18. October
Thikse Gustor Thikse  6.+7. November
Chemde Wangchok / Padum Chemde 16.+17. November
Galden Namchot All of Ladakh 12. December
Ladakhi Losar (New year)
All of Ladakh 19. December

 

 

To get a little taste of what it is like have a look at this short video from the monastery festival in Matho 2016.

 

 

Do you need help with the Design of your tour?
We’d love to help you planning your trip to Ladakh – either in a pre-designed group tour or in your tailor made individual travel. We will choose the right festival for your and your tour.
Note: If you are truly interested in the cultue of Ladakh, we strongly suggest you to come in winter and be part of a monastery festival during this season as they are really special.