When is the festival celebrated?
Ladakh Polo Festival is celebrated from 11th to 17th July every year.
Where is the venue for the festival?
The events for the festival are held in the serene village of Chushot located 18km from the city of Leh. This little hamlet is surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks in every direction. With gurgling Indus on one side at Choglamsar and barren desert fields, called Shagaral in Ladakhi, on the other, it makes a perfect setting for the game of Ladakhi polo and archery.
To plan your visit to this festival, you can find ample accommodation facilities in Leh.
Why you should go for it?
Ladakh Polo Festival is an initiative by the The Indus Chushot Polo Club to support the local traditions and introduce the youth of this region's sport traditions. The festival is not only a spectacle for the Polo enthusiasts but is a significant event where the culture of the region is celebrated during week-long festivities.
Locals in their traditional costumes give spectacular performances for the visitors who arrive to Chushot for this festival. The festival is also chance for Ladakhi people to showcase carpets, knitted and embroidered handicrafts. Various women self-help groups from Chushot and Stok region exhibit products made out of local produce like jam, jelly and Seabuckthorn or Leh berry juice. Apart from this, every year a popular local drama called Api–Apo (grandmother-grandfather) is performed leaving visitors mesmerised.
To attend the festivities you can travel to Chushot from Leh via Thiksey and indulge in an inspiring day tour around the region. Some must visit places are Thiksey, Matho monastery and Stok village. You can also reach the village from Spituk side and witness the picturesque views of the region on the way to the venue. All these festivities bring life to this small village of Chushot and this event is an attempt by the locals to make this village a thriving tourist destination.