With unruly weather conditions, the best time to visit natures abode, is during the summers(June-September) when the temperatures are moderate and hospitable to its tourists. During the rest of the year, Manali-Leh highway is not functional and the only operational way is the Srinagar-Leh highway which also gets affected by occasional landslides. However, the Frozen River Trek, one of the most famous treks here is carried out in the months of December and January along the river Zanskar.
The sun shines brightly in Leh during this time and makes the weather warm and comfortable. The mountains remain snow-clad the lakes remain frozen showcasing a different kind of beauty altogether. However, make sure to wear a strong sunscreen as the sun rays tend to be harsh in Ladakh during these months.
Monsoon descends on Ladakh from late July to the end of August. During this time, landslides and cloudbursts can take place in Ladakh making it a risky time to visit the place.
The winter starts setting in during the months of September and October. The weather becomes pleasant with cold winds blowing during the evenings. This makes it a perfect time to go trekking in Ladakh.
The winters can get unbearable in Ladakh from November - February and people generally don't prefer to visit the place during these months. The trekking routes are closed down after heavy snowfall in November. However, the famous Chadar trek is best conducted from Mid-January to March.
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This 2 day festival hosted by the Hemis Gompa monastery celebrates the birth of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The main highlight of the festival is the gathering of the lamas around the central flagpole, where they perform the mystic mask dances (Chams) and sacred plays.
The festival of Dosmoche is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in Leh-Ladakh region. Falling right at the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, the festival is held in the majestic Leh Palace. Monks from different monasteries gather at the courtyards of the palace to perform Chams"". It marks the victory of the forces of good over evil. "
Lamayuru Monastery is one of the oldest and largest monasteries of Ladakh. Dating back to the 11th century, it has an inexplicable charm and beauty to it. Two mask dance festivals are held here, in the second and fifth months of the Tibetan Lunar calendar, in which monks surround the gompa and conduct prayers.
The Oracle Matho Nagang Festival is held in Ladakh each year, in the first month of the Tibetan new year. It is believed that two oracles, or Ronstang, inhabit the bodies of two specially chosen monks in order to predict the future of the village and of individual villagers. Such traditions might seem unbelievable to the outsiders, but for the people living here, it's a way of life.
Mountain Biking is one of the most challenging adventure sports and is definitely not meant for the faint hearted. The terrain and landscape of Ladakh is perfect for the adventure sport junkies. Go for long or short trips in this beautiful place and have the time of your life.
Situated at an altitude of about 2750 - 7672 meters above sea level, Ladakh has an excellent topography for trekking. There are several trekking tours offered to travellers, which is one of the reasons why so many adventure fanatics visit this place. Anytime between June and September is the perfect time to visit this place as it remains unaffected by the monsoon.
Celebrated along the banks of the river Sindhu every eyar, the Sindhu Darshan Festival symbolizes communal harmony and unity in diversity in India. People from different parts of the country and with divergent ethno-religious backgrounds participate in this festival, giving it a multi-dimensional tinge.
Celebrated at the Karsha Monastery, this festival marks the victory of good over evil. During this festival, a Black Hat Dance is performed. Also, a masked dance along the lines of 'Chaam' is performed by the monks. It is also known as the Spitok Gutor Zanskar Festival.
Registrations for the 4th edition of the Ladakh Marathon have opened! The highest marathon event in the world, it offers a unique opportunity for runners to run in the midst of the beautiful and scenic, high mountains, rivers and valleys. The Ladakh Marathon aims to encourage the young people of Ladakh to live a healthy lifestyle and become aware of the need to protect a stunningly beautiful, yet environmentally fragile region.
The Ladakh Festival is an annual fiesta organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. Events such as folk dances, musical performances, mask dances, art and craft exhibitions, etc. form an integral part of this festival. It provides a wonderful opportunity for the tourists to experience the culture and lifestyle of the people in Ladakh.
In the months of January and February, the Zanskar river which flows through the Ladakh valley freezes up and that serves to be the only path connecting the main valley. This frozen river attracts trekkers from all over the world. It is popularly known as the Chadar Trek due to the formation of the thick blanket of the snow and is considered to be one of the most dangerous and challenging treks in the world.