Religious in Hemis

Tse-Chu Festival

The birthday of great Tibetan 'saint' Padmasambhava is celebrated with three days of masked dancing, much of which retells the story of his life. The main event is held on the 10th and 11th days of the fifth lunar m…
Cultural in Leh

Spituk Gustor

The most colourful traditional festival in the Leh area is held from the 26th to 28th of the 11th Tibetan month. The highlight is a series of chaam masked dances, with the steeply raked steps behind the dukhang (Tib…
Sports in Suru Valley

Suru Boulder Fest

New in 2016, this international event brought together more than 50 climbers near Gontabsa village in the Suru's Sanku area.
Sports in Leh

Ladakh Polo Festival

A new weeklong series of events focused on a polo tournament and also including cultural events, especially on opening day. Held at Chushot, just across the bridge from Choglamsar en route to Matho.
Cultural in Leh

Ladakh Festival

An entertaining cycle of Buddhist dances, polo, music and archery.
Culture in Gulabgarh

Zagra Festival

Little known by tourists, Zagra is Paddar's big festival with a series of events held in the square in front of Gulabgarh's Chnadi Mata temple.
Sports in Leh

Ladakh Marathon

Depending on how far you can push your lung capacity, choose the 7km 'fun' run, a half- or full marathon, or a 71km ultramarathon that goes right over the Khardung La – a pass of over 5600m.
Religious in Matho

Matho Nagrang

During this famous festival, Matho monastery oracles perform daring acrobatics while effectively blindfolded, ‘seeing’ only through the fearsome ‘eyes’ painted on their chests. They also engage in ritual acts of sel…
Sports in Leh

Ladakh Ice Hockey Championship

A new venue is under construction but until that's completed, international ice hockey teams play on Karzoo Pond, which is transformed into an outdoor rink for the event.
Cultural in Sumur, Tegar & Panamik

Silk Route Festival

This vibrant new celebration of Nubra Valley culture includes archery contests, camel riding, dances and traditional food stalls.