Leh, the capital of Ladakh is the land of spirituality and tranquility. It is situated between West Asia and the north Indian plains. It consists of Buddhist monasteries, serene valleys and lakes and run on the mill shopping alleys. Pilgrimages are also integral tourist attractions of Leh with a combination of natural beauty. A leh Ladakh tour is incomplete without rejoicing fairs and festivals celebrated there.
Festivals are essential to preserve the rich cultural traditions, heritages and age-old beliefs. They are celebrated in such a way to pass on a message of unity, harmony, peace, brotherhood, joy and love. Festivities of Ladakh are inspired from old legends, myths, religious beliefs and Buddhist cultures. The festivals of Leh Ladakh are extravagant and joyous which make it the best time for tourists. Every occasion in Leh is celebrated with ultimate grandeur and enthusiasm. The people of Leh celebrate the fairs and festivals by feasting, dancing and singing folk songs which prevails in traditions practiced since ages.
The Leh Ladakh festivals are celebrated all through the year at different timings. The monks during these festivals are clad in vibrant silk brocades and facial masks. Most of the festivals are linked to the occurrence of New Year, seeking blessings of oracles, birth anniversaries of spiritual Buddhist leaders and harvest seasons. The leading attractions of these fairs and festivals are dramatization of legends, mask dances depicting victory of good over evil, street fairs, local carnivals, spiritual festivities and gala feasts.
The main festivals celebrated in Ladakh are Hemis, Thiksey, Karsha, Spituk Gustor, Dosmochey, Matho Nagrang, Stok Guru Tsechu, Phyang Tsedup, Yuru Kabgyat, Losar and Ladakh Festival. Each festival celebrated is distinct and unique in its own way and should be experienced by tourists in full glee and contentment. The festive period is the ideal time to visit Leh and experience the splendor of the place. All the festivals have charm and charisma and attract the tourists to a great extent. During this time, one can also take the pleasure of adventure activities and shopping which also excite the travelers like trekking, river rafting, safari, etc.
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Joys, Spirit and Festivities of Leh Ladakh