Every year, summer in Ladakh is synonymous with important religious festivals. The year 2014 will be a special one, as one of the main events of the Buddhist calendar, the Kalachakra, will be held in Ladakh in July 2014, presided over by the honorable 14th Dalai Lama.
Read about the calendar of summer festivals in Ladakh 2014.
Summer Festivals in Ladakh 2014
Yuru kabgyat at the Lamayuru Monastery, the first summer festival in Ladakh
In 2014, the monastery of Lamayuru will inaugurate the festival season in Ladakh. This monastery, located around 125 km west of Leh, is one of the oldest in Ladakh. It is one of the most important monasteries in the region, with a permanent settlement of around 150 monks. In 2014, the monastery will celebrate the Yurukabgyat Lamayuru Festival, which will be held on the 24th and 25th of June. On the occasion of this important day of the Tibetan lunar calendar, many monks will attend lectures, ceremonies and masked dances.
The Kalachakra and Hemis Tse- Chu, two unmissable festivals in July 2014
The Kalachakra is an event not to be missed this summer in Ladakh. From the 3rd to the 14th of July 2014, an amazing Buddhist gathering will take place near Leh, in the presence of the honorable Dalai Lama. Readings of the seven sacred Tibetan Buddhism texts will be done before thousands of faithful and enthusiasts. The Kalachakra is considered a very important initiation by Buddhists. They see it as a form of contribution to peace, a moment of dialogue and tolerance, which everyone can be a part of. On the occasion of this great festival, Shanti Travel is organizing a journey to attend the Kalachakra and the famous Hemis Tse Chu festival. Contact Shanti Travel to enjoy a customized trip in the heart of Buddhist traditions where you will discover the richness of Ladakh.
Phyang Festival, of costumes and masks
Each year, the monks of Phyang, dwelling in the region of Cham, wear their finest silk costumes for this festival. Famous for its murals, the monastery turns into a venue for dances and celebrations. A special atmosphere is created in which the masks worn by monks exude a mystical touch.
Taktok Festival, ideal stopover on your way to Pangong Lake
Located on the road to Pangong Tso, the Monastery of Taktok is lesser known than its counterparts of the Indus Valley for example. This isolation makes the festival a time of ceremonies and traditional dances with less number of tourists. If you want to experience the heart of Buddhist traditions, the festival will take place in Taktok on the 6th and 7th of August 2014.
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