Leh Ladakh

Rich Cultural background makes Ladakh interesting land for the lovers of art, culture and civilization. Abundant Monasteries, centuries old towns and markets, roots and remains of age old religions like Buddhism make it a mystic land to explore.

The culture of Leh Laddakh is quite similar to the Tibetan culture because of the region’s close proximity with Tibet. In Ladakkh the cuisines are mostly of Tibetan origin like thukpa and tsampo. Nowadays however it is also getting influenced by the cuisine styles of Central Asia and the rest of India. The architecture of Leh Laddakh also is influenced by the Tibetan style and has references to the existence of dragon. The religion of the state also follows Tibetan as well as Buddhist influences. Most of the chants are in Sanskrit or Tibetan.

Abundant ancient monasteries makes Ladakh an ideal ground for pilgrimage journeys to these age-old pillars of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also a region where ancient trade caravans once passed through on their way to the teeming markets of Central Asia. Numerous monasteries lie within easy driving distance from Leh while others are more remote and require a few days to reach.

Each region and almost each village in Ladakh has its own monastery. Home to student monks and nuns many of these edifices stand on rugged mountain sides high above the valley floor and provide religious sustenance to the local populace strengthening their beliefs and traditions. All our pilgrimage journeys are undertaken by Jeeps that provide easy access even to remote areas. We offer four selective pilgrimage journeys that very much take in the major accessible monasteries and the villages that once hosted traders of the fabled silk route.

Friendly and extremely hospitable; a natural joie-de-vivre; ancient traditions; wizened monks; ancient famous monasteries; Tibetan form of Buddhism; socio-religious festivals; fertile fields ripening for harvest; Archery; Polo; dance and song. This is what Ladakh’s culture is all about.

 There are the ancient pure Aryan race of Drok pa, a small colourful community; the cheerful and hardy Changpa nomads with their herds of Yak, goat and sheep. Ladakh is rich in culture and our tours take you to experience this wide diversity of ethnic wealth.

Monastery Festivals of Ladakh through 2008-2010:

Names of the Festival 2011 2012 2013
Spitok Gustor Zanskar Jan 31, Feb 1 Jan 21,22 JAN 9,10
Dosmoche Leh, Likir , Deskit Mar 2,3 FEB 19,20 FEB 8,9
Stok Guru Tse-Cue

Mar 14,15

FEB 2, 3 Feb 19,20
Matho Nagrang Mar 18,19 FEB 7, 8 Feb 24,25
Budha Purnima MAY 15

May 4

JUNE 6
Hemis TSE-CHU JUN 10, 11 Jun 29,30 JUN 5,6
Yuru Kabgyat JUL 29,30 Jun 16,17 JUL 8,9
Zanskar Karsha Gustor JUL 28,29 JUL 16,17 JUL 6,7
Ph-Yang Tsedup JUL 28,29 Jul 16,17 JUL 6,7
Korzok Gustor

Aug 2,3

Jul 22,23 JUL 23,24
Dak-Thok Tse-Chu Aug 8,9 Jul 28,29 JUL 21,22
Sant Naro Nasjal Aug 12,13 AUG 1,2 AUG 3,4
Shachukul Gustor Jul 18,19

Jul 5,6

Jun 25,26

Thiksay Gustor Nov 13,14 NOV 1,2 NOV 20,21
Chemrey Angchok NOV 23,24 NOV 11,12 Nov 30,Dec 1
Galdan Namchot DEC 20 DEC 8 DEC 27
Losar DEC 25 DEC 14 Jan 02