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Hemis, also known as “Hamis” is a village which is situated in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir. This place is quite well known for its scenic beauty and lush greenery. More than that, it is also well known for the Hemis monastery which was established in this place during 1672 AD by the King Senge Nampar Gyalva. And it is in this place that you will be finding the home to the endangered species of the snow leopard. 

Places to visit in Hemis

Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary is located at a height of 3,300m to 6,000m above the sea level. What is interesting about this sanctuary is the fact that it is known to be one of the highest sanctuaries from sea-level all across the world. And if you are lucky then here you will also get to find the rare snow leopards. 

Hemis Monastery

The Hemis Monastery is considered as one of the wealthiest Tibetan monasteries. The Hemis Monastery is located at a distance of 45 km from Leh in Hemis, Ladakh. This monastery belongs to the Drupka family. Situated in the foothills of the Indus this place was re-established by the Sengge Namgyal. 

Also Read: Explore one of the most ancient monasteries of Ladakh

Stakna Gompa

It is after following a  small shaky bridge which is located over the Indus that one leads to Stakna Gompa which is situated on the banks of the river and looks out onto perhaps some of the most panoramic and beautiful views of Hemis.

Things to do in Hemis

Go shopping in Hemis

While visiting Hemis Gompa, you should definitely go shopping. Here, you will be finding a variety of things such as paintings, wooden dragon statues, postcards and so much more at quite good pricing. 

Visit Shang Gompa

Situated in the middle of the snow-peaked mountains along with the wrinkled terrains of the Leh and Ladakh the Shang Gompa symbolizes peace, composure and tranquillity. The chanting of the monks is more or less a hypnotizing of an experience. 

Events and festivals in & around Hemis 

Galdan Namchot

This festival is celebrated in Tibet, Mongolia. The main purpose of this festival is to commemorate the birth, death along with the Buddhahood of Je Tsongkhapa. He was considered as a famous scholar and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. This festival also marks the beginning of the new year celebrations in Ladakh. Read More..

Losar Celebrations

On this day, the enthronement of the King is celebrated. The celebrations of this festival go on for three days. And it is interesting to know that before Losar, the celebrations begin in homes by commemorating the eight auspicious symbols which are particularly related to the festival. Read More..

Best time to visit Hemis

The summer season is the best time to visit Hemis. This is the time which is quite ideal for sightseeing, travelling and exploring. 

How to reach Hemis? 

By Air -  The nearest airport is situated in Leh. From there you will need to get a taxi or some other means of transportation like a bus to reach your destination. 

By Road - There are regular bus services from Leh, Srinagar and Jammu. This makes the whole journey via road quite convenient for you.

By Train - There is practically no connectivity via rail route. However, the nearest railway station is Katra Railway station. 

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