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Hemis Monastery, Hemis
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Visit Hemis Monastery, the biggest monastery of Ladakh, situated on a green hill and surrounded by mountains. Built in 1630, the monastery is richly endowed and decorated on all the sides by prayer flags dedicated to Lord Buddha. Observe the annual Hemis festival dedicated to the dancing reincarnate of Buddha, Lord Padmasambhava, whose mission is to improve the spiritual condition of all living beings. See the painted and decorated white walls of the main building. The monastery hosts the guardian deities and the Wheel of Life, as well as an important library of Tibetan style books. Use our Hemis vacation planner to add Hemis Monastery and other attractions to your Hemis vacation plans.
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  • When you have visited already a fair number of other monasteries, this Hemis is large, with many passages in the building, but not very special. No special features. In most of the three temples no ph...  more »
  • We were at the monastery when the once every 12 years festival was on, amazing to see so many Buddhists coming from all over the world to be there. Unfortunately you will have to wait till 2028 to see...  more »
  • As I understood, it is one of the most visited monasteries in the region. It is here that once in 12 years spend the Festival of Guru Rinpoche. Just this year, at the time of our visit to it strenuously prepared-have already appeared foreign monk delegations appeared around campgrounds. Very majestic, from Buddha statue to statue Rinpoche) is an interesting book shop and the monastery shop souvenirs. Pilgrims climb the shrines on the slopes, the monks are running around on spiritual matters. Interesting.
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  • Awesome museum!! Really informative and old. Different types of Buddha statues are kept here. Peaceful place. Oldest monastery in India. 50 Rs are museum entry charges.
  • from leh to Hemis its took us almost 2 hours since we ride our friend's car and we don't care about speed, all we do is picture and more picture. the road is very good and we have smooth ride. Hemis monastery is under the drukpa kagyu one of the four sect in buddhist. they also have a very long and old thangka which they display once a year and said that it is three storey long. we enjoy the Hemis museum, which we have to pay before enter in monastery. they have one of the most amazing collection of buddhist and lama's valuable things. one of the most unforgettable thing i saw is the vulture's baby pup. i heard the story of vulture whose baby is' pup' when it is small , later it turn out in to the birds. i wish they will allow to take my camera with me. its amazing...
  • Ohh how can i describe this place.. I just love this would like to live here for longer! Incredibly beautiful!!
  • A worthwhile stop coming back from Pangong lake. Restaurants next to the monastery are quite big and can accommodate large tour groups. Too bad we missed the Hemis Festival which is held every 12 years by a month.
  • Historic place. Must visit place in Leh. Food can be little expensive.