Date: Thurs, 23 June 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: Nubra Valley, Ladakh, India
NUBRA VALLEY is located north of Leh and can be reached by road across Khardongla (18380 ft) – the world’s highest motorable road. The average altitude of the Nubra valley is 10,000ft above sea level. It is located between the Karakoram Mountains in the North and the Ladakh Mountains in the south. The valley is known for rich cultural heritage, lush villages, silvery sand dunes, lofty and majestic mountains and river basin greened with seabuckthorn bushes with its bright berries. Besides the two largest monasteries, Deskit and Samstanling, the valley is dotted with many other historical and religious monuments.
SILK ROUTE FESTIVAL : Recognizing the potential of Sumoor (the model village of Nubra) village in playing central role in economic development through cultural tourism, the villagers started an annual village festival and subsequently realized that this festival needs to be developed and promoted with experts’ supervision and direction to make it more meaningful, momentous and beneficial. In 2013, the villagers requested Dr Sonam Wangchok, the founder/secretary of Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) for collaboration and guidance.
In a meeting held in Sumoor on 1st June 2013, it was agreed that the festival will be organized by Samstan Otsal Tsogspa in collaboration with Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) every year to complement the newly discovered Sand Dune and Camel Safari in Sumoor which is becoming an attraction for local and international visitors. Accepting the proposal of Dr Sonam Wangchok the villagers agreed to name the festival “Silk Route Festival”.
Silk Route, the greatest route in the history of mankind linked Ladakh with Turkestan, Central Asia, bordering China across the Karakoram pass in Chinese Turkestan (Xinjiang). The main trading route between India, China and Central Asia (Silk Route) passed through Nubra valley and the impacts of linkages with outside regions are still evident in many ways. The seabuckthorn groves that grow naturally along the river side are the breeding ground for Bactrian camels. These Bactrian camels were brought to the Nubra valley by the Hor-Turkish Muslims during the time of the Silk Route trade. The Silk Route was a route not only for buying and selling goods, but just as importantly, for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, technologies, religions, cultures and art. In today’s globalizing world, understanding the Silk Route can help us to understand our own histories, cultures, artistic and religious heritages and how they coexisted and mingled with others in the pre-modern age. Silk Route Festival celebrates the memory of those days and aspires for reopening this historical route to Central Asia.
- The festival aims at influencing the present and future generations as well visitors from outside to relate to the village culture in a positive light. As such, the Silk Route Festival will offer a unique tourism product through provision of the Ladakhi village cultural and traditional lifestyle in aspects of accommodation and hospitality, entertainment, arts and crafts and activities that will interest both national and international tourists. The accommodation and hospitality section of the Silk Route Festival mainly consists of different types of traditional food stalls, cultural programme, handicrafts and traditional sport such as archery to mention few.
HCHF and Samstan Odsal Tsogspa aim to stage the event which provides the participants with an authentic experience of Ladakh’s indigenous culture. The two-day-long extravaganza is in keeping with the essence of the Ladakhi festival; marked by feasts, dances, traditional sports and music, all in full measure while taking measures not to disturb the ecological sensitivity of the region. The Silk Route Festival focuses its agenda on the following objectives:
1. Handicraft Stalls
2. Food stalls
3. Cultural Programme
4. Traditional Sports
5. Camel Safari
6. Line up
Ladakh’s famous folk singers and new voices from the valley at Silk Route Festival
Get involved –
• become a volunteer
• make a donation
• get your company involved
• tell people about the festival
• It all makes a difference in terms of preserving and promoting Ladakh’s rich cultural heritage through the festival. No gift is too small and all gifts are greatly appreciated.
Sponsorship/Support : It is an opportunity to individuals, companies and organizations to advertise their activities/business through the “Silk Route Festival”. It can be done by sponsoring prizes for the “The man/women of silk Route” (best sport person), “The voice of the Silk Route” (best singer) and winner of traditional dance group/
WHERE TO STAY
There are several beautiful and peaceful resorts, hotels and family guest houses with own organic vegetable gardens and fruit orchids in Sumoor, Nubra.
OUR OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT
Legacy Ladakh Travel
Web: www.legacyladakh.com / ladakh.tours
Mobile: 9622992881, 9419178826
Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF)
P.O. Box 105, Leh Ladakh 194101, J&K, INDIA