Leh and Ladakh is famous for its beautiful scenic beauty and its Monasteries (gompa). Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage. It has its presence since 11th Century, but it was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. Situated at 45Km from Leh along the west bank of Indus river.
Hemis monastery owns great architecture and numerous paintings or Thangkas which are preserved here and displayed during their famous Hemis Festival, which is celebrated in June to celebrate the birth of Guru Padmasambhava. The Monastery is decorated by the lamas and the popular Cham dance is performed. The display of Thangkas is very spectacular and enjoyable experience.
There is a museum also that has the collection of Buddhist structure, statues and several ancient items reflecting the rich culture.
Hemis is well connected by road. Also, there are ample bus services available by Jammu and Kashmir Road Transport Corporation and even by the private authorities.
The nearest railway station Katra is 277 Km from the monastery and the nearest airport is Leh Rimpoche Airport, which is 42 Km away.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is in summers between April to June. But if you are planning to visit Hemis Monaster than try to plan for June and July, and book your tickets in advance because this is the time when two-day annual Hemis festival takes place.