A recently constituted cultural festival, the Sindhu Darshan has been conceived to celebrate the existence of River Indus, which is the backbone of Ladakh. Celebrated on Guru Purnima every year, people converge at the banks of the River Sindhu as they believe that it unites all the different people and communities of India. While senior lamas begin the celebrations with Buddhist prayers, there are also cultural programs which add to the sheen of this festival.
Sindhu Darshan is celebrated every year in June. It takes place in Shey Manla, on the banks of the river Indus, located around 8km away from Leh. People from all over the country participate in this festival. They often bring water from their own state, in an earthenware pot, and immerse it in the Indus to remind us that we are all one. Prayers by lamas, bonfires, cultural programs and a puja round off this festival.