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Hemis locally called “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. It is also well known for the Hemis monastery which was established during 1672 AD by King Senge Nampar Gyalwa. Hemis is also the place that is home to the endangered species of the snow leopard. 

History of Hemis

The name of the village is after its famous ancient Hemis Monastery. The monastery belongs to Drukpa Patron which is said to be established in the 11th century. Somehow, the monastery faced severe decay for several years and was later revived during the 17th century with the effort of King Sengge Namgyal.

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 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. 

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

Stakna Gompa. It is after following a  small shaky bridge that is located over the Indus that one leads to Stakna Gompa. The Gompa 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

Shopping in Hemis. While visiting Hemis Gompa, you should definitely explore the local markets of Hemis. Right from beautiful paintings to wooden dragon statues to postcards, there are several gift items one can buy.

Visit Shang Gompa. It is 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 and calming 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

During winters Hemis turns into spell-bounding and beautiful scenery, that you will love to experience between October and November. Also, if you want to get away from the tacky summers of plains, visiting from March to June will be perfect.

How to Reach Hemis 

By Air. The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. It is a well-organized airport which is connected to major cities of India. Once you reach the airport, you can easily take a bus, auto or taxi towards Hemis.

 By Rail. The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi Railway Station and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station which are approximately 786 and 70.6 kilometres away from Hemis respectively. Both stations are well-connected to major cities of India such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai. Popular Himsagar Express used to originate from Jammu Tawi Railway station but now it departs from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station towards Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.

By Road. The road connectivity to Hemis is well-structured to roam in nearby regions of Leh. There are two popular routes such as Srinagar via Kargil at Srinagar-Leh Highway and from Manali via Sarchu and Dharchu at Manali-Leh Highway. Both routes are opened between June-October. There are regular bus services from Leh, Srinagar, and Jammu. This makes the whole journey via road quite convenient and the journey can surely be memorable for you. 

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