This festival is celebrated near Leh, the capital of Ladakh.
This festival is celebrated to honor the River Indus, which is locally known as the Sindhu River. It is believed that India has derived its name from this river. The Indus River is one of the longest rivers in the world. Indus is a trans-Himalayan The River has its source in southwestern Tibet and it flows into the Indian Territory near Leh in Ladakh. Sindhu is basically a Sanskrit word and the name of this mighty river is mentioned in the Rig Veda, that is one of the earliest chronicles of ancient India.
The River Indus signifies power, strength and permanence of the Indian civilization. This festival is celebrated with the aim of promoting cultural and communal harmony in India. The name of the River Sindhu has been mentioned in several ancient texts, that aptly demonstrates the historical and cultural importance of this mighty river.
A number of Buddhist stupas are found on the banks of the River Indus. According to legend Lord Buddha traversed the banks of this river accompanied by bhikshus. Tours and travel to Ladakh during the time of the Sindhu Darshan festival gives you a chance to see and feel the secular Indian culture.