One of the most notable monasteries in Ladakh tourist places, Hemis Monastery promises to leave you spellbound. Constructed in 1672 AD, Hemis Monastery is known to attract a number of tourists. Located on the serene banks of the Indus river, Hemis Monastery is known for the vibrant celebration of Hemis Tsechu which is the annual festival.
It is famed for its astonishing architecture and one can explore a number of a large collection of Buddhist structure, statues and several ancient items that are a testimony to the rich culture of ancient times in Ladakh. It is also a world heritage site and offers an enthralling view of the surroundings. At the sanctuary, there is a chance of spotting rare snow leopard, Ibex, and other wild animals.
Highlights: Also renowned as the wealthiest monasteries in India, hemis Monastery is known for the teaching of Tantric Vajrayana. The most highlighting feature of Hemis Monastery is the time when the Hemis festival takes place and the whole place is decorated by lamas. Other interesting sights during this festival are Cham dance and the display of Thangkas.
Best time to visit: The months of June and July are the best to visit Hemis Monastery
Location: Hemis Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and KashmirDistance from Leh: Hemis Monastery is located about 45 km away from Leh.