Monastery Festivals

Buddhist Festivals are always joyful occasions. Perhaps there is no better time to tour Ladakh 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 in Ladakh are in fact the best way to get a feel of the Ladakhi culture. There are a number of festivals that take place in Ladakh.

There are many special or holy days held throughout the year by the Buddhist community. Many of these days celebrate the birthdays of Bodhisattvas in the Mahayana tradition or other significant dates in the Buddhist calendar. The most significant celebration happens every May on the night of the full moon, when Buddhist all over the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. It has become to be known as Buddha Purnima.

We cover all the fascinating festivals happening in the fascinating land of Ladakh.

Names of the Festival Venue 2012
Spitok Gustor Spituk JAN 21,22
Dosmoche Leh ,Likir & Deskit Monasteries FEB 19,20
Stok Guru Tse-Cue Stok Monastery Mar 2,3
Matho Nagrang Matho Monastery Mar 7,8
Buddha Purnima Leh MAY 4
Hemis TSE-CHU Hemis Monastery JUN 29,30
Yuru Kabgyat (Lamayuru) Lamayuru Monastery JUNE 16,17
Zanskar Karsha Gustor Karsha Monastery JUL 16,17
Ph-Yang Tsedup (Phyang) Phyang Monastery JUL 16,17
Korzok Gustor (Tsomoriri Lake) Korzok Monastery JUL 22,23
Dak-Thok Tse-Chu Dakthok Monastery JUL 28,29
Sant Naro Nasjal (Zangskar) Sani Monastery, Zanskar AUG 1,2
Shachukul Gustor Shachukul Monastery JUL 5,6
Thiksay Gustor Thiksey Monastery NOV 1,2
Chemrey Angchok Chemrey Monastery NOV 11,12
Galdan Namchot All Over Ladakh DEC 8
Losar All over Ladakh DEC 14