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Welcome to LADAKH

Ladakh, the highest plateau in India is situated in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It covers an area of 86,904 sq. km with much of the region above 3000m. (9,800ft). Being the northern most part of the country it extends from Himalayas to Kunlun Ranges and includes the upper Indus River valley and borders with China in north, Tibet in the east, the valley of Kashmir, Jammu in west, Pakistan to its north-west and Lahaul and Spiti in the south.

Ladakh as a region within Jammu & Kashmir is divided into two districts- Leh and Kargil, which are also the largest towns of Ladakh. The history, culture, traditions and the geography of the region is strikingly similar to that of Tibet. Ladakh is a sparsely populated region but is home to people belonging to all major faiths of world however Buddhism and Islam are the dominant religions in Leh and Kargil respectively.

The word Ladakh literally means Land of High Passes “la” meaning Pass and “dakh” meaning many routes. These mountain passes lead to another valley or are connected to the other mountain ranges. Ladakh is also called the Moon-Land and the Cold Desert because of its barren topography with temperature reaching to -30 degrees and below in winters. However, in summers the weather remains quite pleasant with temperature not increasing more than 30 degrees

Ladakh Polo Festival

The six day Ladakh Polo Festival will be held in village Chushot of Leh district. It will be taking place from 11th to 17th July 2016. This festival is being held for the first time and is being oraganised by a local polo club of the village itself-The Indus Chushot Polo Club. The festival aims at making the tourists visiting Ladakh experience the authentic village summer life with local games like polo, archery, folk music, folk dance, traditional art, local drama and traditional cuisines all available at this festival

Chushot Village

It comes under Leh district and is 13Km South of Leh main town. This serene village is surrounded by chains of mountain range with the village itself being located on the bank of the historically famous Indus River. Farther away from the bank, the other side of the village has vast barren lands.

Chushot is a pure country life, away from the hustle bustle of the main town.

The Game – POLO

A team sport played on horseback, originated in the Persian (Iran) empire before circa 1st Century CE. It was introduced in Ladakh in circa 15th century C.E under the influence of the kingdom of Baltistan and Gilgit through a balti princess who was the mother of the Ladakhi ruler Singge Namgyal. Since then this game has become an integral part of the Ladakhi culture. It has remained a much loved game, played during local sport competitions and on almost all festive occasions like Losar (Buddhist New Year) and Nowruz(Muslim New Year).

Polo played in Ladakh is slightly different from the ones played according to the international rules. It is played on barren land and is much more furious than the actual game. It consists of six players in the each team. The traditional folk music instruments daman and surna are played with the players scoring a goal.

There is more to the festival than just Polo

Ladakhi culture is unique in itself and our folk music and dance are a testimony to the festival. You will witness the local artists performing Ladakhi folk dance and folk music.
The game of Archery- Archery was the weapon of the Ladakhi warriors in the past but now is practiced as a sport entertainment.
A popular local drama- Abi –Apo (grandmother-grandfather) is a very popular local drama that is enacted by the villagers themselves or the local artists.
Traditional cuisines- Ladakhi cuisines are as unique as its other cultural traditions. Foods like Thukpa(soup noodles), Mok mok(dimsum), chutai-sku(local pasta), kholak(barley), will also be available in food stalls of the festival.
Handicraft- Village self-help groups of women are involved in making handicraft material like carpet weaving, knitting, embroidery making. The festival will these items displayed at the various stalls.

Our Aim

Polo is a heritage game of Ladakh and we aim to preserve and promote it. Therefore showcasing the traditional village life of Ladakh to the visitors and tourist by making them experience the rich culture of our region is one way to achieve this goal. With such an initiative we hope to maintain the heritage value of this game in the hearts of our people, especially the younger generation.

Apart from promoting this game, the festival will also include other traditional activities like archery, local drama, folk dance, folk music and local food which are also the essence of our region. Bringing the rich culture of our region to one point, for the visitors to witness, we aim at making village Chushot a spot of tourist visit in Ladakh.

This will not only enrich our visitor’s experience but also help improve the employment and living standard of the local people as tourism in village will help grow their income.

Apart from all the advantage that the village will receive from the flourishing tourism industry of Ladakh, we are also aware about degradation of the environment if these developments are kept unchecked. Therefore, our organisation will also keep a check on the environment by promoting cleanliness drive now and then. The success of this event will bring an overall development to our village community.

We hope you will be a part of this festival and give us a chance to make your stay in Ladakh more enriching.

Organisers and Host

We Indus Chushot Polo Club are the Organisers and host of this festival.

Our club was officially registered in 2013 under the Societies Registration Act VI of 1998 (1941 A.D) No. 6528-S of 2013. We are a non-profiteering organisation with no political affiliations. The members of our club are of age group 18 years above, and many players are army veterans.

Our club was formed with an aim to preserve and promote the heritage game Polo. We realised that this is only possible if we involve the youths of our communities in our club. While working in this regard, we hope the club will grow in the coming years and then will be able to fulfill our short term goals of giving professional horse riding and polo games classes to the interested youngsters.

In the last three years we have participated in many regional exhibition matches and competitions. We had also organised Polo games in the following famous annual events of Ladakh.

1) Polo Exhibition Match of Sindu Festival, 2015

2) Polo Exhibition Match of Ladakh Festival, 2015

This year we have taken an initiative of hosting and organising Ladakh Polo festival for the first time in our own village. We hope with our intention of preserving our heritage we are able to inspire many to join us in our endeavor and bring in the benefit of sustainable tourism in our village Chushot.

Program

Venue

SHAGARAN, CHUSHOT GONGMA, LEH LADAKH, J&K, INDIA

Date – 11th July to 17th July 2017

It comes under Leh district and is 13Km South from Leh main town. This serene village is located on the bank of the historically famous Indus River. Away from the hustle bustle of the main town, you will witness a pure country life here, as along with the basic modern amenities, people here, still rear cattle and harvest fields. Farther away from the bank, the other side of the village is a vast barren land, its straight unending road, the cool breeze and the magnanimous snow peaked mountains will awe you.

Ladakh Polo Festival Schedule

 

Date
Time
Events
11 July 2017

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

   

12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Cultural road show / carnival

Inauguration of Ladakh Polo festival

  • Cultural show
  • Archery
  • Polo match

Cultural road show / carnival

12th July 2017

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Archery

Lunch

Cultural programs
Polo match
Exhibition stalls

13th July 2017

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Archery

Lunch

Cultural programs
Polo match
Exhibition stalls

14th July 2017

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Archery

Lunch

Cultural programs
Polo match
Exhibition stalls

15th July 2017

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Archery

Lunch

Cultural programs
Polo match
Exhibition stalls

16th July 2017

11:00 am to 2:00 pm

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Archery

Lunch

Cultural programs
Polo match
Exhibition stalls

17th July 2017

11:00 AM to 2:00 pm

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Archery

Lunch

Polo Finals
Cultural programs
Prize distribution and closing ceremony


Results of the seven days Polo Tournament of Ladakh Polo festival

Final Result of the six day Archery Tournament

Chuyok Archery Club- 759
Indus Archery Club Bashakha,Chushot (Group B)-629
Indus Archery Club Bashakha, Chushot (Group A)-269

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