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Hemis

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"Home to the Snow Leopard Capital of India"

Hemis Tourism

Hemis or Hamis is a quaint village in Leh district, located 40 km southeast of Leh on banks of the Indus River. Enveloped with a serene landscape, it is known for the Hemis Monastery. Built by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal, it is ranked as one of the wealthiest monasteries in India. 

Hemis Monastery houses a spectacular copper statue of Lord Buddha along with stupas made of gold and silver, thangkas (a painting on cotton or silk, depicting Buddhist deity) and murals. All four sides of the monastery are decorated with the colourful prayer flags which flutter in the breeze and sends out prayers to Lord Buddha. Hemis is most visited during the annual Hemis Festival held here each year in June.

Hemis is also home to the Hemis National Park. With a variety of langurs, wolves, marmots, deers and red foxes, the national park houses the rare and endangered snow leopard. 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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What are the things to do in Hemis?

The top things to do in Hemis are Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary, Hemis Monastery, Gotsang Gompa, Stakna Gompa, Shang Gompa, Shopping in Hemis. You can see all the places to visit in Hemis here

What is the 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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Who should visit Hemis?

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

What are the places near Hemis?

The top places near to Hemis are Ladakh which is 28 km from Hemis, Manali which is located 192 km from Hemis, Mcleodganj which is located 225 km from Hemis, Dalhousie which is located 222 km from Hemis, Kasol which is located 214 km from Hemis

What is not so good about Hemis?

Hostile in winters. Not easily accessible.

What is the best way 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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What is the best time to visit Hemis?

Summer season is the best season for a visit to Hemis. The months when Hemis is ideal for a trip is for the months of April - June. Monsoon is also a good time to visit, while winter season, with freezing cold climate, is seriously the best time for a visit.
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What is famous about Hemis?

A beautiful confluence of nature and Buddhist culture.

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Devyani Chandra 2 years 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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