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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events in Leh?

Benazir Khan DEC 10 2012
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While planning a trip to Leh, just check for upcoming festivals. If your trip coincides with a festival, then there is nothing like it. Colourful dances, delightful delicacies and the festive spirit will ensure you know what party at an altitude of 3524 feels like.

  • Losar Festival

Come new year and Leh is ready to celebrate. Although there is no fixed date for this festival held either in January or December. It's a 15 day festival with 3 main days of celebration. With preparation starting a month in advance, Losar is a festival the people wait for. They dance, sing and decorate their houses. On one day there is a huge procession of lively people in the streets and bazaar area. This festival is full of rituals too. This is your chance to be a part of the rich culture and traditions of Leh. Also, don't forget changkol (local form of beer), it helps double the festive fun!

  • Ladakh Festival

If you want to travel to Leh in September, plan your trip between September 1-15. These 15 days are kept aside for the Ladakh Festival. Excitement reaches a new level and the sound of music fills the air. It's an experience watching performers in flashy jewels and turquoise headgear on the street. Even the monks join in the fun with brightly coloured masks and dance to the beats of traditional music. GIven a chance, be a part of this festival and take home a colourful moment from Leh back home.

  • Hemis Festival

Have you heard of the mask dance? Now get ready to witness it live! The Hemis Festival (sometime in June-July) is dedicated to lord Lord Padmasambhava. The festivities take place around open rectangular courtyard. It is a unique set up where the lamas sit to eat while music plays in the background. It is a very organised affair full of intriguing ritual performances.

Reema Bhalla May 30 2013
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Hemis Festival dates for this year (2013) - 18th and 19th June

The highlight of this festival is the mystic mask dances and sacred plays by the lamas. Country liquor, served on the celebration day is a major attraction.

Home to over 500 monks, Hemis Gompa is Ladakh's largest and one of the most affluent Buddhist monastery.

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