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About Hemis Monastery

Hemis is located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. This region is located near Leh in Ladakh, which is a prominent tourist hotspot in the entire state. Many tourists flock to this part of Jammu and Kashmir mainly in order to catch a glimpse of its unadulterated beauty and to go trekking through the unexplored realms. The region of Hemis is mainly famous for a national park that is located there, which is also known as the Hemis High Altitude National Park. This region is named after a popular monastery that is located in the region, called Hemis Gompa. This Buddhist monastery is one of the oldest in the country, and is a great place to visit as well.

Hemis National Park is spread out over 600 square kilometres, and it is mainly among visitors and tourists for the snow leopard that is present there. Also known as the Snow Leopard capital of India, this national park stands at an altitude of 3300 metres to 6000 metres. You can spot many species of animals like wolves, marmots, red foxes, ibexes, macaques, langurs, urials and deers in the national park in a very unique setting comprising of mountainous terrain mixed with flatlands. Places to See More Details

Situated at a distance of around 40 km southeast of Leh, It is located in the Ladakh division of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It takes its name from the world famous Buddhist Gompa situated here.

The Hemis monastery was established in 1672 AD by the then king Senge Nampar Gyalva. Across the stillness of the wide expanse, the Hemis gompa stands upright built in Tibetan style, jutting out of the mountain top. The practices at the Hemis monastery are a direct lineal descent of the teachings expounded in the Mahayoga Tantra school, or the esoteric school of vajrayana. Hemis Monastery simply conjures up an image of magnificent snow covered peaks, alpine green valleys and high altitude passes which reflects the Buddhist culture and living life in harmony among such harsh climatic conditions of Ladakh. There are so many shrines around this great courtyard, all of them are of considerable interest.

Hemis, however, it best known to tourists because of its color and joyful festival which is held in July. At this time,the monks perform their traditional dances to celebrate the birth anniversary of the monastery's founder, Padmasambhava. Its resident Lamas perform sacred masked dances leading to the destruction of the evil forces, & sacrificial offerings. The festival takes an auspicious turn every 12 years in the Tibetan year of the Monkey (2004)

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