Hemis Gompa, the largest monastery of Ladakh is the site of the famous annual festival Hemis which commemorates the birth of Guru Padamasambhava....
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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)
Hemis National Park
The largest national park of India, Hemis National Park, gets its name from the 400-year-old Hemis Monastery, which is situated inside the park. The monastery, and area around it, are mentioned in texts documenting the passage of the Silk Route. The few people who live inside the park are Buddhists who have been calling the place home for centuries.The Hemis National Park has the highest density of Snow Leopards in the world. People from around the world spend weeks, months and even years for a sight of the 'Ghost Cat'. The national park is home to several other endangered animals, such as the Ladakhi Urial, Asiatic Ibex, Tibetan wolf, Eurasian Brown Bear and the Red Fox.
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.