The Hemis Monastry is the biggest and the richly endowed monastery of ladakh, situated some 45km from Leh city. The monastery is decorated on all the four sides by colourful prayer flags which flutters in the breeze and send prayers to Lord Buddha. Hemis monastery belongs to Dugpa Kurgyutpa order or red sect of Buddhism and is said to be enriched and meaningful with a large number of Thangkas or paintings.
You can reach your destination by a cab or hire bullet/bike from Leh, the distance is about 45kms.
The best time to visit Hemis Monastery is during the two-day hemis festival, which is held in the month of June or July. One can see the famed cham dance during the festival and the display of age old Thangkas. In addition, it’s enjoyable to visit from May till September.
The are several places to visit around the monastery. A few to mention would be