Events

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 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.
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.
Festival in Hunder

Sand Dune Festival

Small tourist festival with the usual selection of archery and masked dances, plus camel rides on the dune area where it's held.
Religious in Stok

Guru Tse-Chu Festival

Royal oracles at the modest Stok Gompa make predictions about the future during Stok’s important Guru Tse-Chu festival.