Hemis Monastery is the largest and most popular monastery in Ladakh.
Hemis Monastery is famous for the annual Hemis Festival which is held in the month of July. Masked dancers during the Hemis festival represent the various demons and dieties which a person will encounter in the afterlife. This is the best time to see Hemis monastery in all its glory.
Every 12 years, the 3 storeys high Thankgka - sacred tapestry - of Guru Padmasambhava is displayed.
Hemis monastery is a rich treasure house of cultural riches of Ladakh. There is the Hemis museum with cultural artifacts from the past. There are various Buddhist temples with daily prayers by monks. There are several gilded statues of various dieties. There are several resident monks who are working to preserve and evolve Ladakhi Buddhist culture.
Hemis Monastery is conveniently located 90mins from Leh - the capital of Ladakh.
Unlike most other monasteries in Ladakh, the Hemis Monastery is hidden behind a mountain. It is not visible from Ladakh valley. This was intentionally done to hide the monastery from any invading army.
Visit Hemis monastery to see Ladakhi Buddhist culture at its best.