Ladakhi Losar, Ladakh
Festivals in this northern most state of India, a region of extreme climate give the natives a fine respite from the hard way of their living. Ladakh is famous for the monastic festivals. These festivals are essentially dance dramas performed by the monks who dress up colourfully in robes and masks and perform the different aspects of religion in a festive manner. For the complete list of various fairs and festivals in Ladakh click here.
The Losar festival of Ladakh is one of the major Tibetan Buddhist festivals but the festival dates back to the pre-Buddhist era in Tibet. The Losar festival is celebrated with singing traditional songs, performing folk dances of the region and drinking a popular drink ‘Chang’ which is a local beer (having very low alcohol content) made up of barley. People wear new clothes and adorn themselves in new jewellery. Slaughtering of goats and sheep is an essential part of Losar celebrations. Old items are discarded from the homes. People decorate their houses with good luck signs. It marks the beginning of the Tibetan lunar calendar and the celebrations continues for 15 days. This year the Losar festival will be celebrated on 27 December, 2019.
How to Reach:
During this period, reaching Ladakh may not be possible by roads as all the routes to Ladakh generally closed due to heavy snowfall. You can reach Ladakh by flights from Delhi. There are several flights from IGI, New Delhi (DEL) to Leh (IXL) being operated by GoAir, Spicejet and Air India.
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