With beautiful paintings and peaceful serenity, Hemis envelops you in its calmness while the landscape adds to its pulchritude.
Hemis is popular tourist attraction given the number of options that is provides to its visitors. A primary attraction here is the Hemis Gompa. One can also visit the Hemis National Park which is popularly known as the Snow leopard capital of India and is home to a variety of other animals such as langurs, wolves, marmots, deers, red foxes etc. Other than that one can indulge in activities such as trekking to make the most of the royal, widespread and pristine scenic surroundings.
A beautiful confluence of nature and Buddhist culture.
Hostile in winters. Not easily accessible.
Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts. Suitable for backpackers from nearby places like Leh, Ladakh, Srinagar etc.
Nicknamed so for being host to an exclusive wildlife reserve for the rare breed of snow leopard, Hemis is reclusive but beautiful town, situated in the Leh-Ladakh region of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. However, snow leopards aren't the only thing in Hemis. Besides the wide range of fauna present in the Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary, the Hemis town is also famous for its serene Buddhist Gompas [monasteries]. So, if you want a slice of both adventure and spiritualism on the same platter, go beyond Leh & Ladakh, and try Hemis.
Day 1 - Reach Hemis, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main markets for a stroll, especially where you can buy precious curios and souvenirs, that you can take home for yourself and your family. Day 2 - The 2nd day should be the ideal time for starting your trip through Hemis. You should begin ideally with Hemis Gompa, an astounding creation of Buddhist culture, not very far from Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary, a favorite tourist cum wildlife hotspot. Day 3 - This day can be reserved for a visit to the various Gompas in Hemis, whether Gotsang or Stakna, that is up to your preference
Hemis shares cuisine with Leh and is dominated by the same elements amd influences. Hence the essentials of the cuisine here are thukpa (thick soup with vegetables), Pava (made of sattu) ,khambir (local bread), sandwiches made with apricot jam, steamed dumplings stuffed with meat or vegetables with chili sauce , Skieu (made with veggies, mutton and flour).