Of all the festivals of Ladakh, Mulbekh festival is a lesser known festivals of Ladakh.
As the dates are not published in the Ladakh festival calendar, its even more difficult to track the date of the festival.
How did we attend the festival? We just happened to pass by the place during our Photo tour to Ladakh and just got lucky 🙂
It happens in the Mulbekh monastery, a small monastery with a huge statue of Mulbekh Chamba or future Buddha.
Mulbekh Monastery also known as Mulbekh Gompa consists of two gompas, one known Drukpa and another Gelugpa Buddhist monastery which is situated in the Zanskar region of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
These gompas are dramatically situated at the very top of a cliff 200 metres (656 ft) above the road.
Just a kilometre after Mulbekh town while going towards Leh, there is a famous Chamba Statue, a outstanding gigantic statue which is carved into the rock situated near do the road. Mulbekh is famously known for this 8m high rockcarved Maitreya Buddha which is over 1000 years old.
Some pictures from the festival…
Tips for Photographers:
1. Use a zoom lens, for festivals you need flexibility.
2. You can use a telephoto for some candid portraits.
3. Interact with the people and be a part of the celebrations. They are very welcoming.
4. Respect the privacy, don’t go very close during the dances which might cause interruptions.
5. Most important thing – don’t just shoot, have fun!
Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.
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This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
He strives to ‘make every camera-owner a great photographer through his Photography workshops and Photo Tours and Photowalks..
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