Asian Festival

The annual festival of Spituk monastery in Ladakh / India

This festival is certainly one of the most impressive of Ladakh, despite of the number of tourists.

The Gelugpa Monks (yellow Hats / Dalai Lama branch) perform during two days the mask dance. The monasteries of Stok, Saboo and Sankar are part of Spituk one and all the monks come here.

The date is different each year, as it depends on lunnar calendar. Different rituals and trainings take place during the 6 days before the festival.

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