Ladakh’s Nubra Valley to host Siachen Folk Festival on June 5

Now in its sixth edition, Siachen Folk Festival is organised to keep the legacy and heritage of the Silk Route alive.
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The colourful Siachen Folk Festival is all about folk performances and cultural shows. Image: Courtesy of SNS.

If your Ladakh trip has been long pending, now is probably the best time to go ahead with it. For the Nubra Valley is gearing up to host the sixth edition of the Siachen Folk Festival from June 5 at Chamsen Polo Ground.

The two-day extravaganza offers a glimpse of the rich culture of the region as well as is an attempt to spread awareness about the heritage of the old Silk Route. Witness the breathtaking Nubra Valley come alive with folk performances, cultural displays, and indigenous games including an archery match! While at it, sample local foods and take back home local handicrafts as souvenirs.

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A caravan of Bactrian camels in Nubra Valley. Image: Shutterstock/DR MITALI BARUAH.

The festival borrows its name from the Siachen Glacier, one of India’s most challenging army basecamps that also happen to offer many adventures in the great outdoors for thrill-seekers. Think glacier expedition, mountaineering, skiing, and a relaxing dip in a natural hot spring to rejuvenate yourself after a long day.

Even the venue for the festival is not your ordinary place — Chamsen was in use as a polo track when the region was a vital trade route. Once done revelling in the festivities, drive along Nubra River where the villages of Sumur, Kyagar, Tirith, and Panamik, among others, give you a glimpse of how life thrives in one of the most challenging regions of the country.

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Experience the rich culture of the region like never before. Image: Courtesy of Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation.

Drop by the historic polo ground, watch the vast desert landscape riddled with Bactrian camels (or even ride one), and take a hike to the ruins of Brokpa Fort to make the most of your Nubra adventure. You can even extend your trip and visit the Hemis Gompa where the famous Hemis Festival will be held in July this year.

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