Time Required : 2-3 hrs
Entry Fee : INR 50
Timings : 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Hemis Monastery (Gompa) is a Buddhist Monastery in Hemis, Ladakh. Located 45 km from south of Leh, the Monastery was built by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. It is regarded as one of the seven wonders of India and is a world heritage site of the country. Surrounded by green hills, spectacular mountains and banks of River Indus, it looks both impressive and intriguing. It is also the biggest and the most popular monastery in the region making it a major tourist attraction.
Hemis Monastery is ranked as one of the wealthiest monasteries in India. It 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. The vast courtyard and a picturesque verandah are adorned with colourful paintings of Buddhist kaalchakra. Hemis Monastery belongs to the Red sect or Dugpa Kargyupta order of Buddhism. 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. It is also an institution for the teaching of Tantric Vajrayana.
At the top of the monastery is the home of Buddhist nuns, Chomoling which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the valley. Every year during June/July the Monastery becomes a venue for the popular 2-days Hemis festival that is a major tourist attraction for both the Buddhist spiritual followers and for casual travellers. Hemis Monastery truly is a remarkable mix of ancient spiritual culture and beautiful natural surroundings which leaves a memorable impression on everyone visiting the place.
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