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Hemis Monastery

Hemis Monastery in Leh / Ladakh

A well-known cloister in Ladakh, Hemis Monastery was developed by Stagchen Raschegn amid the seventeenth century. It is only 1½ hours drive from the town of Leh and has a yearly celebration which is amazingly engaging for voyagers.
The religious community contains numerous Stupas, articles, beautiful Thangkas and copper overlaid Lord Buddha's statue. Here, one can witness a 12m long Thanka which is said to be the biggest in Ladakh.

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Leh / Ladakh

Jammu & Kashmir, India
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11545 feet
77.7028321°N, 33.9125975°E
Distance from Leh / Ladakh to Hemis Monastery
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Overall Rating:4.5

  '4' out of 5
"A must visit for those interested in Ladakh's best. A peaceful place. The chants by the monks inside the temple bring a sense of calmness in you. Don't forget to turn the bells in the courtyard for good luck !!"
  '4' out of 5
"1978. A long bus ride from Leh sitting atop a bus carrying way too many people. Breathtaking vistas around every bend in the dirt road, showing all the effects of the recently melted snows. A long walk, up, up, up. Past the mounds and walls of countless carved flat river stones. Om Mani Padme Hom. Up, up til Hemis comes into view. Thank god! Bliss."
  '5' out of 5
"The Largest Monastery of Ladakh !!! Hemis Monastery is popularly known as Hemis Gompa, which was built during the reign of King Sengge Namgyal in 1630. Presently, this Gompa is run by Drukpa sect of Buddhism, which once flourished during the Namgyal dynasty. There are two main portions in the monastery, namely Tshongkhang and Dukhang. Visitors can see beautiful wall paintings in the veranda of this Gompa that depict the 'Kalachakra' and the 'Lords of the Four Quarters'. There is also an idol of Sakyamuni Buddha at this monastery that attracts a lot of devotees. The monastery is very crowded during late June and early July, when Hemis Chheshu or the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava is celebrated. Once every 12 years, a giant Thangka is also hosted by the Hemis festival. Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 8.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Saturday: 8.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Sunday: 8.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Public Holidays: 8.00 AM - 8.00 PM "
  '4' out of 5
"The biggest gompa in ladakh"
  '4' out of 5
"Wonderful monastery. . Truely a peaceful place.. statues of lords r worth watching ..would like to attend hemis festival if got a chance to visit again. ."

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