Chemday Wangchok Festival, Ladakh


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Chemday Wangchok Festival is celebrated on the 28th and 29th day of the ninth month of Tibetan calendar, in 370-year-old Chemrey Monastery which is 44 km from Leh. This year those dates of Tibetan calendar are falling on 24th and 25th November 2019. This festival marks the victory of good over the evil.

Chemday Wangchok Festival is mainly celebrated by Drukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhists in Ladakh. For this particular celebration, the monks of Chemrey Monastery meditate for a week prior to the beginning of the festivities to gain peace. All the monks who have been meditating for a week, perform a signature masked dance ‘Chham’ for these two days. Along with the mask dance, various worships are also conducted. The festival continues with a Mandal Pooja on the second day.

How to Reach:

Leh, the capital of Ladakh is connected with the country mainly by air. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport (IXL) receives flights from New Delhi (DEL) and Chandigarh (IXC). Nearest railway station is Jammu, which is 698 km via Srinagar and Kargil but this is one of the most beautiful and adventurous driving routes of the world. From Leh you can take taxi to reach the monastery.

Where to Stay:

Leh has many quality hotels. The Grand Dragon Ladakh, Sia-La Guesthouse, WelcomHeritage Lha-Ri-Sa Resort, Hotel Singge Palace, The Indus Valley, Lakrook Boutique Stay, Hotel Mogol, Hotel Zen Ladakh, Chomal Huts,Hotel Tsokar, The Maitreya, Hotel Abduz and Shaolin Ladakh are few good options.

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