If you are an explorer like me, you can hike to the nearby village to witness simplicity at its best. You will be taken in by their warm welcome and bright smiles.Hemis runs a school of its own to help local talents which have now claimed international recognition.
We knew that this was going to be the most adventurous day. It was the time for bike ride - which we were longing for . We packed ourselves with multiple layers of woolens and wind resistant jackets , hired a bike on rent and began the exploration.Ride to Leh Manali highway was phenomenal. Visited Hemis which was approx 50km from Leh and then back to Leh .
Hemis is a village in Ladakh that is built around the famous Hemis Monastery, which is said to be built in the 11th century by Kinf Snege Nampar Gyalva. The village is primarily visited by travellers during the time of the Hemis Festival, when the monastery is decorated with colourful masks and motifs. The Hemis Festival takes place in the first week of July to celebrate the teachings of Lord Padmasambhava and is frequented by travellers from all over the world.Where to eat: There are very few tea-stalls and dhabas in the area. The Hemis Cafe, is the only proper restaurant in Hemis, which is also on the outskirts of the main village.Where to stay: The Hemis Monastery provides rooms and stay options to travellers.How to reach: You can reach Hemis via Leh from Srinagar on the Srinagar-Leh Highway or all the way from Manali going through Sarchu and Dharchu. Leh Airport is the closest airport to Hemis.
This day, we our on our wheels to Hemis monastery. This was where I experienced my first snow fall. Hemis monastery is one of the richest monasteries. All of them were silver coated and Buddha here was gold coated . We talked to many monks there. They were telling they cannot bath for 5 months. They only bath in summer . They cannot even take their clothes off. Yes , it was unbearable in May. We were talking to monks , looking at monastery , Buddha statue and a small shop there and suddenly it started snowing. It was all magical. I came out and jumped like a small child out of excitement. I enjoyed a lot of time in snowfall. Then after snow stopped, we went to our hotel and relaxed for next big day ahead.