Sindhu Darshan Festival, name itself referrers to Celebration of River Sindhu, also known as the Indus.
Sindhu Darshan Festival is livened up by the presence of a wide variety of cultural groups from various part of India.
Ensembles from states where the mighty rivers of India run, bring the water of all those rivers in clay pots and immerse them in the river Indus.
Thereby mingling the waters from all over India with that of the mighty ‘Indus’, the river that gave India its name.
Sindhu Darshan Festival is organised annually at Leh. People travel for a Darshan and Puja of the River rindhu, which originates from Mansarovar in Tibet. The festival is a celebration of this river.
The festival aims at projecting the Sindhu River as a symbol of multi-dimensional cultural identity, communal harmony and peaceful co-existence in India.
It is also an opportunity for people from around the country and overseas to visit the beautiful regions of Leh and Ladakh.
Sindhu Darshan Festival As part of the celebrations, various groups from different states in India bring water from the other mighty rivers in the country in earthen pots and immerse these pots in the Sindhu River, thereby mingling the river water with other waters of the land. The Sindhu Cultural Centre was inaugurated a few years back as well as the new office complex of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council.
The Sindhu Darshan Festival aims at projecting the Sindhu as a symbol of multi-dimensional cultural identity, communal harmony and peaceful co-existence in India. Whilst promoting tourism to this area, this festival is also a symbolic salute to the brave soldiers of India who have bravely fought the odds at Siachin, Kargil & other places.
The Sindhu Darshan Festival will help forge a bond of unity with those who live in far-flung corners of the country and provide an opportunity to visit the beautiful region of Ladakh. As a National Integration Program, the Ladakh Buddhist Association, Shia Majilis, Sunni Anjumam, Christian Moravian Church, Hindu Trust and Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee welcomed the festival.
The three day programme will be inaugurated on June 1, 2001 at Shey is being organized by the Government of Jammu and of Kashmir with the support of Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Govt. of India. The festival promises a kaleidoscope of Indian culture and an exciting array of performing arts being brought together at an exciting place. Indian Airlines is expected to operate special flights for the festival.
The Sindhu Darshan Festival is organised annually at Leh. The first time when this Festival was organised in October 1997, over seventy people from all over India had traveled to Leh for a Darshan and Puja of the River Sindhu which originates from the Mansarovar in Tibet.
The celebrations of The Sindhu Darshan Festival include traditional ceremonies involving Buddhist prayers by senior Lamas, which commence the festival. A series of cultural programs and performances by artists from various parts of the country follows. Many sightseeing tours including the ‘Sindhu Yatra’ are also organised during this time.
The Sindhu Darshan Festival is held on the banks of River Sindhu at Shey Manla, which is 8kms far from Leh, Ladakh. You can take a flight to Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport and further board a local bus or hire a taxi to Shey Manla. Leh does not have a railhead, in fact Chandigarh and Pathankot, the nearest railway stations have a poor connectivity to Leh. If you are planning to drive, Leh is 434 kms away from Srinagar and 473kms from Manali. Transport within the Leh Valley is mainly by buses, taxis or motorcycle.