Venue: Spituk Monastery
Start Date: 3rd January
End Date: 4th January

Spituk Gustor Festival is an annual winter celebration in Ladakh. It is the perfect occasion to cheer you up in the harsh winters. Gustor in the local language means ‘Sacrifice of the 29th day’ and is a traditional ritual to the monasteries of the reformist Geluk-pa order of Tibetan Buddhism.


Venue:Likir and Diskit monastery
Start Date: 2nd February
End Date: 3rd February

28th and 29th day of the 12th Tibetan month i.e., mid of February marks the beginning of the Dosmoche Festival in Leh, Likir and Diskit monasteries. It is the last festival of New Year Celebrations. The importance of Dosmoche festival, started by the royals of Ladakh, is to eradicate the evil.


Venue:Nubra (Yarma)
Start Date: 8th February
End Date: 9th February

Come winter and Ladakh becomes energetic to celebrate Yargon Tungshak Festival. People from far and near gather to witness the well-known Cham Dance or  Mask Dance. The zeal to celebrate this festival is quite apparent from the flamboyancy of the region.


Venue:Spituk monastery
Start Date: 15th February
End Date: 17th February

Apart from the enthralling adventures and impressive mountain boundaries in the North, Ladakh is also known for the festivals celebrated the year. One of the important festivals amongst them is Stok Guru Tsechu Festival in Ladakh.


Venue:Matho Monastery
Start Date: 18th February
End Date: 19th February

Matho Nagrang is celebrated at a Matho monastery on the 15th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan calendar. This monastery is the only one belonging to the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Festivals in Ladakh Saka Dawa Festival

Date: 29th May

The Saga Dawa festival is celebrated on the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar. It is the most revered day for Buddhist followers as on this full moon of this month, the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and then parinirvana.


Date: 12th Jun

Yuru Kabgyat is a two-day festival that takes place in the month of July in the Lamayuru monastery, which is around 125 km away from Leh. During the festival, the monks perform mask dances, prayers, and rituals in order to get away from any kind of disaster and for bringing in peace in the world.


Venue: Shey Manla
Start Date: 12th June
End Date: 14th June

Sindhu Darshan is celebrated in Shey Manla, located 8 kms away from the main city of Leh. This is a 3-day festival, which happens from 12th to 14th June on the bank of Indus river.


Venue: Hemis Monastery
Start Date: 23rd June
End Date: 24th June

Hemis Festival in Ladakh is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Tse-Chu, Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar. The 2-day fiesta marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. On this day, Hemis Monastery is adorned beautifully to host the ceremony.

Festivals in Ladakh

Venue: Stongdey Monastery
Start Date: 1st July
End Date: 2nd July

The Stonday Gustor festival is an annual celebration held in the month of June. The venue for Stongday Festival is the Stongday monastery in Zanskar region of Ladakh.


Venue: Karsha monastery
Start Date: 11th July
End Date: 12th July

Karsha Gustor festival is celebrated at Karsha monastery, the largest one in Zanskar in terms of the resident months, as it is home to around 100 lamas.


Venue:Phyang Monastery
Start Date: 11th July
End Date:12th July

11th-12th July 2018­­­ will mark the beginning of the prominent Phyang Tsedup Festival. It is celebrated in Phyang Monastery in Ladakh (19.1 km from Leh) and dedicated to Jigten Gombo, founder of Dringumpa Monastic Dynasty.


Venue:Shagaran, Chushot Gongma
Start Date: 11th July
End Date: 17th July

Ladakh is the “land of high passes”, the place whose beauty lies in its rugged landscape and time seems to come to a standstill. Situated at an altitude of 3,000m, its home to divine-looking lakes, ancient monasteries, and fascinating culture.


Venue:All over Ladakh
Start Date: 25th September
End Date: 28th September

Ladakh festival is celebrated every year in Leh and its villages. The inauguration ceremony of the festival takes place in Leh on a large scale with a procession of several cultural troupes from the different part of the region which traverses through Leh Market.



Venue:Nubra Valley
Start Date: 7th October
End Date: 8th October

Founded by Changsem Sherab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong-kha-pa, Diskit Monastery is the largest and the oldest surviving monastery in Nubra Valley.

Venue: Thiksay monastery
Start Date: 27th October
End Date: 28th October

Thiksey Gustor, is a 2-day festival celebrated in Ladakh. This festival is celebrated at various monasteries of Thiksey, Spituk and Karsha Nanzkar. The word ‘Gustor’ means ‘sacrificing the 29th date. During the festival, there are early morning prayers.


Venue:Chemray Monastery
Start Date: 5th November
End Date:6th November

Chemday Wangchok Festival is celebrated in Chemdrey Monastery which was erected by the great Buddhist guru Lama Taktsang Repa in Ladakh (44 km from Leh). This festival marks the victory of good over the evil.


Venue: All over Ladakh
Start Date: 2nd Dec
End Date: 2nd Dec

The Galdan Namchot festival in Ladakh is celebrated for commemorating the birthday and the Buddhahood of the Tibetan saint-scholar, Tsongkhapa. He was the founder of the Gelukpa School that preaches Tibetan Buddhism during the 14th century.


Venue: All over Ladakh
Start Date: 8th December
End Date: 8th December

After the Galdan Namchot, is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Tsogkha pa, founder of Gelukpa School, The Losar (New Year) festivities begin. Losar falls in the 11th month of Tibetan calendar, which is 2 months ahead of Tibetan New Year.