Losar Festival(Last Updated 28 Oct, 2022)
The Losar Festival in Ladakh marks the beginning of a new year for the Buddhist community. It is one of the most important festivals in Ladakh that offers a lifetime experience to everyone. Losar is celebrated on a large scale with several folk dances and music performances. In addition, hundreds of people gather in Ladakh’s sacred sites for religious offerings to the Goddess Palden Lhamo, protector of Dharma. Furthermore, dignitaries of various Buddhist countries attend the grand festival. Continuing for nearly two weeks, Losar celebrations are filled with unique and colorful festivities. All this makes the Losar a lifetime experience for everyone.
Where is the Losar Festival Celebrated in Ladakh?
The Losar Festival is celebrated all over Ladakh and its monasteries.
Losar Festival Ladakh 2022 Date
According to the Tibetan calendar, the Losar Festival generally falls over 3 days in January-end or February. Therefore, Losar Festival Ladakh 2022 will be held in the month of February.
History of Losar Festival
Losar Festival pre-dates the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet. It has its roots in a winter incense-burning ritual of the Bon religion. Moreover, at the time of the Pude Gungyal (617-698) rule, the ninth Tibetan king believed that this ritual was fused with a harvest festival to form the annual Losar Festival.
Why is the Losar Festival Celebrated?
The Losar festival is celebrated as it marks the beginning of the new year for the Buddhist community. Hundreds of people gather in Ladakh’s sacred sites for religious offerings to the protector of Dharma.
Celebration of Losar Festival
Ladakhi New Year or Losar Festival is among the most awaited festivals of Ladakh and is celebrated with much fever. During the festival, people meet their friends and relatives and visit monasteries to make offerings and seek blessings. During ancient times, a spiritual ceremony took place in winter every year. But considering its importance, Losar Festival was converted into a full-scale yearly Buddhist Festival in Ladakh. And in present times,
Losar celebrations in Ladakh are celebrated much ahead of the actual date. Pre-celebrations of Losar include locals decorating the streets and their homes, getting rid of old unused stuff, and keeping the locale neat and tidy. The ultimate idea behind all these decorations and tidiness is to keep off the evil and lead the way for peace and prosperity.
Special Highlights of the Losar Festival
- Gifts are exchange
- Folk dance & music performances
- Metho or evening procession
- Special prayers in the monasteries
- A variety of special dishes are cooked
Travel Tips for Attending Losar Festival
February witnesses a lot of tourists, especially in Nubra Valley, while locals are indulged in Losar celebrations. So, if you want to be a part of this traditional and unique festival of Ladakh, visit here in February. But remember, as it is the peak tourist season, the rates of hotels and flights might go up. So, make sure to check the online deals and book everything prior.
Tips You Must Know to Attend Losar Festival
- Book your accommodation for 1-2 months to avoid any last-minute stress.
- According to your needs and budget, find a place to stay in Ladakh.
- Before arriving, research where the Losar Festival will occur, as it changes every year.
How to Reach Ladakh
Ladakh can be reached by air, bike, jeep, bus, or train.
Ladakh by Air
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport of Ladakh. This is the closest airport to Leh and is well-connected with major cities, including Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, and Chandigarh.
Ladakh by Train
Taking a train to Ladakh might sound easy, but the nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi, which is 700 km away from Ladakh. However, it is well-associated with major Indian railway stations and can easily reach.
Ladakh by Road
You can reach Ladakh via Srinagar or Manali. The distance from Srinagar to Leh by road is 803 km (approx.), and Manali to Leh by road is 427 km (approx.). Atal Tunnel in Manali can be used to reach Leh as it has reduced the distance between both places. A bike trip to Ladakh is a great way to attend the Losar Festival and witness scenic landscapes.