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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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  • Hemis monastery is supposedly well worth a visit and i would recommend you do so. We visited at the end of the Markha valley trip and were fortunate enough to witness the Naropa, but didn't have time ...  more »
  • The monastery involves stairs, so may not be for old people. Has a good museum showcasing the history of Buddhism, especially how it flourished in Leh region, with explanation of various articles used...  more »
  • After visiting Thiksey and Shey in the Indus Valley, we have continued the other 15 km to the monastery of Hemis. The truth is that he impress the location, protected by high mountains. There are large rocks threatening to roll toward the monastery, but it seems that that does not affect the daily life of the monks. The monastery is beautiful, full of relics, not you can photograph inside the prayer hall, or with flash or no flash. They are strict. The monks are very sociable and always smile. There is a restaurant, but only opens in summer.
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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.