Galdan Namchot Festival Ladakh

Ladakh is a colourful destination to visit while in India and a visit during a festive season is a definite win-win. One such festival that glitters with vibrancy and zest is Galdan Namchot Festival. During this festival, all the monasteries, houses and public buildings are lit up. And the reason why is because this festival celebrates the birthday of the Tibetan saint-scholar, Tsongkhapa. Tsongkhapa was the founder and preacher of the Gelukpa School. He spoke publicly about beliefs and delivered a sermon of the Tibetan Buddhism during the 14th century. To honour the memory of the saint and the Buddhahood, the entire towns people celebrate the festival with traditional cuisines such as vegetable and chicken noodle soup as well as the very favourite thupkas. During this time, beloved people come together savour meals and present ‘Khatak’, a traditional scarf to each other. Galdan Namchot Festival signifies the start of the New Year celebrations in Ladakh. This event lasts till the Dosmoche festival. While on your trip to Ladakh, make sure to visit during December to witness the merriment of Galdan Namchot.

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