Every year in the month of June, thousands of Buddhist devotee and tourists
gather in Hemis, 40 km southeast of Leh, J&K, to celebrate the famous
monastic Hemis festival. It is held to commemorate the birth of Guru
Padmasambhava, (Gur Rimpoche), who founded Tantric Buddhism and established
Buddhism in Tibet. During the three day festival, the courtyard of Hemis
Gompa offers a thrilling glimpse of unique culture and traditions of Leh.
The sacred and Tartaric dance, rituals, music and dances- all are very
exciting parts of the festival.
Quick Facts Time : June-July Location : Hemist Leh, Jammu & Kashmir Climate : -26 ºC (Min), 25 ºC (Max) Best Time to visit : May to September
in the Hemis Festival
Cham Dance is synonym to Hemis festival. Masked Lamas perform a Tantarik
dance around the central flagpole with long horns over head. The dances take
place in the accompaniment drums and cymbals.
The display of Thanka is one of the most attractive event. It is a a sacred
appliqué work tapestry wrought with pearls depicting Padmasambhava
and is made public after every 12 years.
Hemis Monastery is in the heart of the festival. It is the biggest and
wealthiest Buddist monastery and offers insight about Tibetan Buddhism.
Tshogkhang is the most sacred section within the monastery.
Other Attraction Near Hemis
Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary
This national park is located in the north of the main Himalayan range and
offers a unique kind topography in which best adventure sites, snow covered
mountains and wonderful Himalayan fauna make a great attraction.
Monasteries in Leh
Thiske, Shey, Alchi, Likir and Lamayuru are some of the famous Buddhist
monasteries located near Leh. They offers an insight about the development
of Tibetan Buddhism.
This is a beautiful palace built in 17th century palace. The former home of
the royal family, the palace has magnificent work of miniature. The palace
has a tower which depict the Ladakh's victory over the Balti Kashmir armies
in the early 16th century.