Hemis monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. This 17th century monastery is famous for its architecture and the annual Hemis festival of June. The festival takes place for two days and during the prime tourism season. This festival attracts thousands of tourists every year. The monastery will be crowded during this season. This is one of the largest and wealthiest gompas in India.
The monastery is famous for its interesting architectural features. There are two Buddha statues and a statue of Guru Rimpoche. There is a small museum inside the monastery, which is famous for its collection of Buddhist relics, ancient items, artifacts and others. The verandahs are filled with pictures and paintings. There is a simple accommodation region in monastery where tourists can enjoy bed and food. Hemis national park is very close to the monastery and is an important national park in this region.
The best time to visit is during the Hemis festival that takes place in June. In general, the summer season is the best time to visit the place. Summer starts in June and ends in September. The monastery is open from 7 in the morning to 6 in the evening. The route to the monastery becomes more difficult to cross in winter season. November to May is the worst season to visit the monastery.
The monastery is located in Hemis, which is 45 km away from Leh. You can find buses, cabs and other vehicles from Leh to Hemis. Ladakh is connected with many other states of the country via airport in Leh.
Hemis festival is an annual festival dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. This music and dance festival takes place in the early June and you can find many interesting rituals during this celebration. The festival takes place in the courtyard in front of the monastery. You can enjoy traditional music with wind instruments, large pan drums and others. The festival begins early in the morning. After music performance, the portrait of the Guru is displayed to public. Later, the mask dance of monks is conducted. This is the best time to enjoy the culture of the monastery and the religion.