Spituk Gustor

Spituk Gustor Festival is a celebration of peace and prosperity. A symbol of traditional Ladakhi culture and traditions, this two-day festival showcases vibrantly colourful festivities. It is celebrated at the Spituk Monastery which is located approximately 8 km away from Leh. On the same day, the Geluk Pa Order of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) is also commemorated. The ann....
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1. Prayers

The charm and enthusiasm of the Spituk Gustor Festival can be felt way before it is observed. The prayers and worship start 7 days before the day of the festival.

2. Cham Dance

It is the famous dance of Ladakh that is performed in almost every Ladakh festival. Spituk Monastery also enjoys this dramatic dance form. In Cham Dance, Lamas wear animal masks (made from paper and clay) and beautiful spiky headgears which are usually in yellow color. The Cham Dance represents a drama that is based on the victory of good over evil. It is believed that the mask dance existed since the 8th century AD in Ladakh. It is performed in several ways including pair dancing, group dancing, solo dancing, etc. 

3. Music

Cham Dance is supported by beautiful and melodious music and tunes of longhorns, cymbals, conch shells, bells, and many other instruments.

4. Get-together of Monks

The festival witnesses a number of monks across the world that including Stok, Sankar, Saboo, and Spituk congregate at the monastery. 

5. Burning of Evil Effigy

The festival ends with the burning of evil effigies that represents the ultimate exister is good, not evil. 

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Spituk Monastery
Spituk Monastery

How to reach

The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, which is 2 KMs away.
The nearest convenient railway station is Jammu Tawi, which is 670 KMs away.
The nearest major city is Leh, which is 3KMs away.
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Event Details
Venue Address
Spituk Monastery
Date Time

19 Jan 2023 - 20 Jan 2023

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM




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