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Best Time: Apr-Jun Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Leh Check Flights

"Home to the Snow Leopard Capital of India"

Hemis Tourism

Hemis is a quaint village in Leh district, that's enveloped with a serene landscape. It is well known for the Hemis Monastery, that hosts Hemis festival every year in July. Home to a variety of langurs, wolves, marmots, deers and red foxes, Hemis national park is known as the Snow leopard capital of India. With pristine and scenic surroundings, the hamlet has everything to experience, from a national park, museum to a Buddhist complex.

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Snow Leopard Capital of India

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.    

Restaurants and Local Food in Hemis

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).
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Suggested Itinerary

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

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A beautiful confluence of nature and Buddhist culture.

What's Not So Great?

Hostile in winters. Not easily accessible.

For Whom?

Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts. Suitable for backpackers from nearby places like Leh, Ladakh, Srinagar etc.

How To Reach Hemis

Hemis is well connected to the rest of India by road. Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Hemis; buses being operated both by private and government owners, especially the Jammu & Kashmir Road Transport Corporation. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity, however, to Hemis. Some 42 away is the Leh Rimpochee airport, which is the nearest airport that connects Hemis to the rest of India. The nearest railway station to Hemis is in Katra, which is 277 km away.

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Devyani Chandra 1 year ago
- Housing monks, when in Hemis, try to be at your peaceful best. The locals are helpful and speak their local dialect( Try not to get quirky about it!)
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