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The Hemis Festival - Ladakh

HEMIS MONASTERY. 40 km from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best-known and biggest of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer in honour of Guru Padma Sambhav's birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanakha in Ladakh, which is unfurled, once in 12 years (next in 2016). Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Sengge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under the Namgyal dynasty for the royalty favoured the Drugpa sect, which managed the monastery. It is divided into two, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall Dukhang is also used as "green room" by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The Varandahas have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist 'wheel of life' (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters, besides the prayer wheel. Splendid masked dances are performed to the accompaniment of cymbals, drums & long horns. A colorful fair, displaying some beautiful handicrafts, is the special highlight of the festival.

Indian Festival Tours have various tailor-made programmes to Leh & Ladakh which can be booked during the festival to see this colourful festival and one of the suggested programme is given below.

Hemis Festival in the Coming Years :-
Tour Dates for you to book :-

Spleandours of Ladakh During Hemis Festival

Assistance on arrival at the airport by our representatives and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Very early morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Leh. The capital of Ladakh district, Leh is located on the banks of the Indus at an altitude of 3354 mts. The rest of the day is left free for acclimatization. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 LEH - The Hemis Festival Day
Morning after breakfast Visit Stok to visit the palace of the banished royal family. The Stok Museum has some fabulous displays including period costumes and jewellery of the royalty, along with Exquisite Thankas (scrolls) representing the life of the Sakya Muni. Later visit Hemis Monastery and take part in the Hemis Festival, approximately 40 kms away is the wealthiest, best known and the biggest Monastery in Ladakh. It was built in 1630

during the reign of Sengge Namgyal. See the spectacular Mask Dance and the colour fair displaying exquisite handicrafts of this region. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 LEH
Visit the Phiyang monastery, which was built by Tashi Namgyal in the later half of 16th century. It belongs to the Red cap sect of Buddhists. Hundreds of icons of Buddha and other gods kept on wooden shelves can be seen here. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 LEH
Visit the Shey monastery, located on a hillock approximately 15 kms upstream from Leh, which was once the residence of the royal family. Our next stop is the Chemre monastery. It was constructed as a funeral act of merit on Sengge Namgyal's death in 1645. Overnight at the hotel.

Drive from Leh to Alchi. Located 70 kms from Leh on the banks of the Indus, the Alchi Gompa dates back a thousand years. Also visit Lamayuru - the oldest holy site in Ladakh. And one of the best-located monasteries in the entire Ladakh district. Overnight at Uleytokpo camp. Overnight at the Camp.


Morning Visit the Likir Gompa - founded in the 11th century AD and rededicated to a different dynastic order in the 15th century. Overnight at the camp.

After breakfast, drive back to Leh and check-in to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Early morning transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Delhi. Assistance on arrival at the airport and transfer to Hotel.

In time departure transfer to the airport to board flight back home



This programme can be tailor made to suite the number of days you have in hand yet showing you this spectacular Festival.

(Festival dates are based on local calendar and subject to change)

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