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Sudipto & Snigdha
The stark landscape of Ladakh always looks beautiful inundated with colours. The last time we had found a sea of maroon and red filling up the desolate landscape, it was the Naropa festival almost two years ago. This year, we headed to the Hemis festival. The festival which is an annual occurrence at Ladakh's largest monastery, Hemis is to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. Let me tell you my journey to the Hemis festival this year and why this should definitely be your destination next year.
The main highlight of the festival is the Guinness World Record trial for a synchronized dance performance consisting most number of women. A total of 299 women aged between 18 and 60 wearing heavy coat called "gonchas" with "Petrak" headwear at a height of 4500m. Swapnil Dangarikar, the official for Guiness Book of World records scrutinized the event and announced it as the "Largest Ladakhi Dance" called "Shondol" by Live to Love Drupka Charitable Trust and Drukpa Association.
One can stay in Leh city from where the place is easily accessible. The festival took place in a plateaued region surrounded by rocky terrains close to the Hemis monastery (3 km away). One can book a cab from the main city to reach the place. There are enough options to enjoy native delicacies and one can indulge in shopping of local items.
Vinay Singhal
Date: 20th June 2018Hemis and Thiksey MonasteryNext day we moved towards Leh again to exchange the bike, but Gurmat did not have any other bike to get it exchanged but he arranged one Himalayan for us from the market. A big thanks to him.We were already late that day, it took a lot of time to get the bike arranged.On the other hand we also did not wanted to waste our day. So we thought to enquire about the bus to Manali from Leh first and after that to explore Thiksey and Hemis Monastery.We reached bus stand of Leh, we needed to reach Manali by Sunday because we had booked Bus from Manali to Delhi which was scheduled at 4:00 PM.There were lots of Traveller buses available which was charging 2500 per seat and leave from Leh in the evening at and reach Manali next morning. We also got to know that there are two Govt buses running from Let to Manali. We enquire about that and got to know that these buses starts from Leh at 4:00 AM in the morning daily which charges only Rs. 850 per person. But the twist was, you have to book the ticket one day prior to the scheduled time of the bus from 10:00 AM till the tickets get booked.We need to get the bus of Saturday so that we can reach Manali on time to get our bus to Delhi on Sunday.It was already Wednesday and we were still left with Tso Moriri and Tsokar to explore. It was hardly possible for us to reach Leh on Friday morning from Tsomoriri which is approx 210 Kms away.We thought to give it a try by leaving Tso moriri at earliest possible time to reach Leh.After lunch we headed towards Thiksey Monastery, we explored that. Views from Thiksey monastery are very nice.
Vidya Sundaram
This is another famous monastery in Ladhak with a museum that reads out the history behind theses Tibetan structures.
nikhil Satpute
Tour of Hemis, Thiksey, Shey monastery and Sindhu Darshan- "If being an explorer sounds more like your cuppa tea, choose this itinerary for the Day 7 of your trip.We visit the largest and the wealthiest monastery in Ladakh, the Hemis Monastery. Understand how and why its different from the other monasteries in the area. As we drive back, we stop at the Thiskey Monastery, which is a treat for your eyes as well as the soul. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance as you see the beautiful Indus Valley encompassing the monastery.After that, we continue to drive through series of chortens to visit Shey Palace- the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. Sindhu Darshan.Return to Leh for a scrumptious dinner and overnight stay at the hotel."
neha ballal
DAY 8: Hemis, LehNone of us wanted to leave the next morning, but we had to. It took us almost 2 hours to finally say goodbye and by 10.30 we were off, back to Leh. We stopped by at Hemis Monastery on the way back. We reached Leh that evening and the first thing everyone did was take a warm shower. There was not 1 bathroom in Maan. Just a dry pit for your toilet purposes.
Shweta Yadav
Day 2|: Excursion to the Hemis Monastery – 45 km from Leh cityOur day 2 was packed with our voyage to the Hemis Monastery, the most popular monastery and tourist attraction in Ladakh. Situated some 45 kms from Leh City, Hemis is tucked on a mountain on the west bank of the serene River Indus.
Aasish Sudarsanan
Hemis Gompa
Pritha Puri
The biggest and the richest monastery in the whole of Ladakh, Hemis Monastery is a few kilometres away from Leh and hides behind a barren hilltop. The same road to Hemis also extends to Hemis National Park. This monastery in India is known for its famous annual festival where vibrant dances and Buddhist rituals are performed. The monastery also offers stay for tourists who come here to visit. For people who prefer some interaction with travellers the Hemis Monastery is the perfect place to be in. Every year thousands of travellers come to visit the monastery and the numbers increase especially during the Hemis Festival. Wake up early to attend the early morning prayers and get awe-struck by the sublime atmosphere the sound of music creates.Where: Ladakh, Kashmir
Priya Parashar
We started our day with Hemis Monastery which is some 1-hour drive from main Leh. There was an entry fee of Rs. 50. It is big and has an underground museum. You can buy some souvenirs from their local shop.
Upasana Venaik
We reached beautiful Hemis monastery in an hour, 45 km south of Leh. You will need to climb some 20 stairs (the least no. from what was to be followed).Ticket entry is Rs. 50 per head. Photography is banned in the museum and in the temples as well, elsewhere you are free to take the pictures.Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, located in Hemis, Ladakh, India. The monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. The annual Hemis festival honoring the Lord Padmasambhava is held here in early June. This monastery is known to be the most famous for the rich Buddhist temple in the entire region. The murals and frescos here date back to 17th century.When you enter the museum you can also buy some souvenirs, and you will also find a lot of books and posters of ladhak.Monks are really friendly, “selfie” friendly as well.We saw them practicing dance for the upcoming culture programs.In 2016, Leh hosted “kumbh mela of the Himalayas”, which is a grand spiritual gathering that happens once in every 12 years. It began in ladhak’s biggest monastery, Hemis. Hemis monastery is one of the most vibrant monasteries I have seen so far, and the view of the adjoining mountains is also amazing.While you step down from the monastery, on your right you can find some café, you can sit and relax there. The limca doesn’t taste the same as it does in Delhi. You might find the normal drinking water hard to digest so go for mineral water (Rs. 30).
Neha Kirpal
Other must-do sights not too far from the hotel are Hemis monastery and Alchi monastery.
Dipika Thakkar
Hemis monastery Museum is 47 kms from Leh, looked intriguing from outside among the mountains. This monastery has two temple of Lord Buddha & Padmasambhava a prayer room for the lamas. The monastery also has a museum and a shop which has Tibetan style stuff at reasonable prices.Thisky Monastery : It was mesmerizing monastery where almost 2 floor big Beautiful statue of lord Buddha. From Where we Bought some Ayurvedic Medicines.Rancho’s School: Here we came at the place of our favorite Bollywood movie 3 idiots’ Shooting has done. Earlier the name of the School was Druk padma Karpo but after this Movie name was Rancho’s School. There is beautiful café with the pictures of 3 idiots .Here we End our trip with Heavy heart. we packed our bags and said goodbye to this lovely places. Its lavish trip. I wish to visit this place again & again to capture its beauty in my eyes.
Nachiket Parchure
We visited hemis monastary..
Cox & Kings
This morning, after breakfast, drive around the Pangong Lake and don't forget to click photos!! Continue to Leh. En route visit Hemis Monastery hidden in a gorge, the largest and wealthiest gompa in Ladakh. Visit Stok Palace, famous for beautiful gardens and the view of sunrise as well as sunset is amazing from the palace. At present, the palace is open to visit and present a collection of royal attires, crown and other royal materials. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city. Overnight in Leh. (B)
rysha hamza
Nearing Hemis, we felt we were being transported to an infinite expanse of parched land, encompassed by undulating peaks melting into the blurry background. It was frosty one moment and blazing the next. The monastery was closed for lunch when we got there. So we helped ourselves with some thukpa and fried rice from the visitors' canteen. The courtyard was massive with tall flagpoles marking its corners and the red beams of the double-storied quarters touching the intricate carvings of its roof. Tourists flock to this monastery to attend the annual festival during which the lamas perform a masked dance. The banner for Naropa 2016 was up already - the Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas hosted by the Hemis monastery once in every 12 years to honour the 11th century Buddhist scholar-saint Naropa.
Arjit Anand
Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage, located in Hemis, situated 45 km from Leh, originally established in 11th century, the monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakh king Sengge Namgyal. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in early June. It is one of the most beautiful monasteries that we visited. The wall paintings and architechture of the monastery stood out. There is a small museum in the monastery compound itself which sells souvenirs and is worth a visit.
The Compulsive Traveller
Hemis festivalHemis monastery is also famous for its yearly festival, which is held to honour Guru Rinpoche. Since it is held according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, its dates on the solar calendar change every year.It is held on the 10th day of the fifth Tibetan lunar month, the day on which Padmasambhava is supposed to have been born. This year, the dates fell on July 14–15, so if you plan to go, find out in advance the corresponding dates on the Western calendar.It is perhaps the grandest festival in Ladakh and gives a fine display of Tibetan ‘chham’ (masked) dancers to their traditional music of cymbals, long horns (dungchen), and drums.
The Compulsive Traveller
Though Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal re-established the monastery in 1672, there is evidence that a monastery existed there even earlier than the 11th century. The monastery is dedicated to Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). The monastery houses a striking statue of Padmasambhava, and the walls and ceilings are adorned with rich murals and thankas.Unlike some of the other monasteries with more dramatic locations, Hemis monastery stands surrounded by low mountains and cars practically go right up to its doorstep. However, like other Buddhist gompas, it is isolated from human settlements and do not expect to find shops or eateries nearby. The nearest hotels or other forms of ‘comfortable’ accommodation are in Leh.
The Compulsive Traveller
The richest monastery of LadakhHemis, or Hamis, is a village located barely 40km from Leh town, the headquarters of Ladakh. It’s most famously known for its monastery, 45 km from Leh, and one of the oldest and largest gompas in Ladakh. It’s also apparently the richest.
Ankita Sharma
Nupur Pradhan
One of the oldest and most sacred Buddhist Monastery. It is overwhelming. So is the route that leads upto it. There is a museum depicting the lives of the monks. The Ladakh Hemis Festival takes place here
Padma Madipalli
We utilized the second day for some local sightseeing. This we started by visiting the Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace. Hemis monastery, 47 kms from Leh, looked intriguing from outside among the mountains. This monastery has a room which houses a statue of Lord Buddha, in another room a statue of Lord Padmasambhava and a prayer room for the lamas. The monastery also has a museum and a souvenir shop which has Tibetan style stuff at reasonable prices.
Jigmet Dorje Wangchok
Famous monastery