Culture of Ladakh


The culture of Ladakh is entirely influenced by the Buddhism which is clearly visible in the food, dress, occupation, religion and lifestyle of the inhabitants of this region.



The people of Ladakh resemble the Tibetans regarding their physique and facial features comprising round faces, small eyes and stubby noses. The people are very laborious and hardworking but very soft at heart.


Religion and Language

The main religion of Ladakh is Buddhism though some of the areas are also dominated by the Muslims and the Christians. The culture of the region is strongly influenced by the Buddhism religion ant the main feature of this religion is the abundance of Gompas or monasteries in the region of Ladakh.  The main languages spoken in Ladakh are Ladakhi and Balti which are supposed to be Tibetan dialects.


Fairs and Festivals

The locals of Ladakh enjoy various fairs and festivals and enjoy merrily with each other. The most popular festival here is Hemis which is held in the month of June and marks the celebration of the birth of Guru Padmasambhava. Other important festivals are the Dosmoche Festival, Losar Festival, Sindhu Darshan Festival and Ladakh Festival.



The cuisine of Ladakh is known for its lip-smacking Tibetan food delicacies including thukpa, tsumpa, soupy noodles and roasted barley flour. One of the main dishes of the region is skyu which is a form of pasts made with root vegetables.  In short, the travelers can find a variety of tasty vegetarian and non vegetarian specialties in Ladakh to be enjoyed.