Monastery festivals and buddhist celebrations in Ladakh

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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




Monastery festival dates for 2018 in Ladakh

These are the dates for monastery and other festivals/important happenings in Ladakh in the year 2018.
Subject to Change.

January 2018

Spituk Gustor

14,-15. January 2018 in Spituk


February 2018

Dosmochey

13.-14. February 2018 in Leh and Likir


Yargon Tungshak

19.-20. February 2018 in Yarma (Nubra)


Stok Guru Tsechu

24.-25. February 2018 in Stok


March 2018

Matho Nagrang

1.-2. March 2018 in Matho


May 2018

Saka Dawa*

29. May 2018 all over Ladakh


June 2018

Yuru Kabgyad

11-12. June 2018 in Lamayuru


Hemis Tseschu

23.-24. June 2018 in Hemis


Shachukul Gustor

30. June- 01. July 2018 in Shachukul


July 2018

Stonge Gustor

1.-2. July 2018 in Stongde (Zanskar)


Karsha Gustor

11-12. July 2018 in Karsha (Zanskar)


Phyang Tserup

11.-12. July 2018 in  Phyang


Korzok Gustor

15.-16. July 2018 in Korzok (Tsomoriri)


Thakthok Tseschu

22.-23. July 2018 in Sakti


Sani Naro Nasjal

26.-27. July 2018 in Sani (Zanskar)


October 2018

Diskit Gustor

7.-8. October 2018 in Diskit (Nubra)


Thiksey Gustor

27.-28 October 2018 in Thiksey


November 2018

Chemde Angchok

5.-6. November 2018 in Chemde


December 2018

Galdan Namchot**

2. December all over Ladakh


Losar***

8. December all over Ladakh


* Saka Dawa is the most important Tibetan Buddhist festival day – celebrating Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana!

** Galdan Namchot is celebrated to commemorate Tsongkhapa, a famous teacher of Tibetan Buddhism whose activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Galdan Namchot also marks the beginning of the new year celebrations in Ladakh.

*** Losar is the New Year. Note that in Ladakh there is a different date for Losar than in Tibet and other tibetan societies.





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It is time for planning your holiday for 2017. If you always wanted to go to Bhutan, you can think about that as well. To visit a monastery festival is a must for many travellers to Bhutan, so it is important to know the dates of those festivals. Here you find a list of the monastery festivals 2017 in Bhutan, as well as some special events and festivals outside of monasteries. 

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Monastery festivals in Bhutan 2017

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Punakha Drubchen: 4.-6. March 2017

Punakha Dzong, Punakha


Punakha Tshechu: 7.-9. March 2017

Punakha Dzong, Punakha


Tharpaling Thongdrol: 12. March 2017

Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang


Chhorten Kora: 11. + 26. April 2017

Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe


Gomphukora Gom: 4.-6. April 2017

Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang


Talo Tshechu: 4.-6. April 2017

Talo Gonpa, Punakha 4th –6th April


Gasa Tshechu: 3.-6. April 2017

Gasa Dzong, Gasa


Zhemgang Tshechu: 4.-7. April 2017

Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang


Paro Tshechu: 7.-11. April 2017

Rinpung Dzong, Paro


Chhukha Tshechu: 9.-11. April 2017

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha


Rhododendron Festival: 14.-16. April 2017

Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu


Domkhar Tshechu: 5.-7. May 2017

Domkhar, Chummi, Bumthang


Ura Yakchoe: 7.-10 May 2017

Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang


Nimalung Tshechu: 1.-3. July 2017

Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang


Kurjey Tshechu: 3. July 2017

Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang


Haa Summer Festival: 5. July 2017

Haa


Mushroom Festiva: 15.-16. August 2017

Genekha, Thimphu


Masutaki Mushroom Festival: 23.-14. August 2017

Ura, Bumthang


Tour Of The Dragon (Radrennen): 2. September 2017

Bumthang nach Thimphu


Thimphu Drubchen: 26.-29. September

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu


Wangdue Tshechu: 29. September-2. October 2017

Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang


Gangtey Tshechu: 3.-5. October 2017

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang


Tamshing Phala Chhoepa: 29. September-01. October 2017

Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang


Thimphu Tshechu: 30. September – 2. October 2017

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu


Thangbi Mani: 4.-6. October 2017

Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang


Jumolhari Mountain Festival: 14.-15. October 2017

Dangochong, Thimphu


Jakar Tshechu: 29.-31. October 2017

Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang


Dechenphu Tshechu: 30. October 2017

Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu


Jambay Lhakhang Drup: 3.-7. November 2017

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang


Prakhar Duchhoe: 4.-6. November 2017

Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang


Black Necked Crane Festiva: 11. November 2017

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang


Mongar Tshechu: 26.-28. November 2017

Mongar Dzong, Mongar


Pemagatshel Tshechu: 26.-28.November 2017

Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel


Trashigang Tshechu: 27.-29. November 2017

Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang


Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham: 3. December 2017

Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang


Nalakhar Tshechu: 3.-5. December 2017

Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang


Druk Wangyel Tshechu: 13. December 2017

Dochula, Thimphu


Trongsa Tshechu: 26.-28. December 2017

Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa


Lhuentse Tshechu: 26.-28. December 2017

Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse


Nabji Lhakhang Drup: 2.-4. January 2018

Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa


 

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Date: 08.-22. April 2017
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