Naropa festival concluded with Guinness World Record in Ladakhi dance


To mark the end of “Naropa Festival” total of 299 women dressed up in traditional Ladakhi wedding attire danced together making it to the Guinness World Records and declared the dance performance as the “Largest Ladakhi Dance”. Celebrated every 12th year of the Tibetan calendar, the Naropa festival, also known as the ‘Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas’.

The women wore Peraks , turquoise headgears and performed the Shondol to Ladakhi music at the Hemis Monastery in the Himalayas. Shondol is a traditional dance performed for the king on special occasions.

During the end of five-day festival Tsering Ladol being honored with the Himalayan Hero award. Ladol was the first Ladakhi girl to scale Mount Everest in 2005.

  • The award was conferred to Master Sonam Lundup, for his dedication in the field of education
  • Olthang Nimoo, for his contribution in the field of art
  • Posthumously to Late Padma Shri Tsering Wangdus

The festival, which started on September 16, celebrated the life and teachings of Buddhist scholar-saint Naropa with traditional dance and musical performances. Tibetan Buddhist painting on a cloth depicting a deity or a mandala  which the monastery touted as “the largest silk embroidered brocade of Buddha” in India.