Ladakh Festival is famous as a unique project of the department of Jammu & Kashmir state for Tourism in order to sponsor the renewal and promotion of ancient traditions and customs of Ladakh, its rich cultural heritage and the vivid performing arts.
Background: Ladakh Festival is like a golden opportunity for the tourists who visit this highest Himalayan valley always in search of experience and witness the unusual lifestyle and cultural nature of people living for centuries on the crossroads of Asia, receiving and harmonizing socio-cultural and religious impressions from their neighboring countries.
Time of the festive event: This 15 days long mega event begins every year from Sept 1 and goes on till 15th of the month. The maiden function is a grand celebration held at Leh with a magnificent procession in which different cultural troupes and locals of Ladakh participate in full ceremonial costumes, singing carols and performing various forms of dances to the tune and rhythm of the traditional Ladakhi orchestra. The procession terminates at the Polo ground where the participants split into a variety of folk and popular dances, presenting the excellent specimens of the performing arts Ladakh valley.
Sport activities: Besides, these regional cultural activities, a polo tournament called the "Ladakh Festival Cup" is held as the major part of the festival. In this tournament many participating polo teams arrive from different parts of the Jammu and Kashmir region. This is a truly fantastic moment to witness this ancient sport of the western Himalayas being played in its original form, wild style with fewer rules and almost crazy crowd involvement.As a spectator to this probably the main festival of the Ladakh, visitors from India and abroad make their presence.
Archery Festival for the Best Archer: Another attraction of Ladakh Festival is the ‘Archery Festival’ which is count as one of the most significant segment of the Festival. Archery festival attracts lots of tourists from all over the India as well as foreign tourists. Basically, it is a type of local programs that held in the backwoods of Ladakh. But according to the folk of Ladakh Archery festival is kind a test of archery skills of a person, where all males are supposed to participate with great zeal, in attempting their skills of perfect aiming in flip-flop rounds. But Ladakh Festival is not all about men; even women actively participate in various dance rounds. For more details regarding festival
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