As Ladakh, the cold arid desert border the most northern of India wakes up from the harsh winters. it is time to celebrate the festival of Ladakh at Hemis. We celebrate the birth of the Holy Guru Padmasambhava at the typical monastery of Jangchub Choling in Hemis. The colorful parade is subjected to fervent preparations. Hemis is 45 km from Leh, the capital of neutral international. The festivities include dance, music, prayers, shows masked and a mixture of colors will be seen everywhere. The landscape of the otherwise quaint and rugged of Ladakh becomes vibrant and chaotic during this festival of the monastery.


Every 12th year is known as the Tibetan Year of the monkey, the Hemis Monastery Festival takes a turn of good luck. The deployment of the largest Thangkha (12 meters) from the second floor of the monastery for the world to see. The writing is worthy of being seen as it is gently preserved. Inside the monastery and outside, during the festival, check out the stalls. From the delicious flavors of the Kingdom of the mountain to the extraordinary handicrafts of the region, the view is wonderful. The residents of remote villages, adventurers, photographers, and travelers make their way here to be part of the festival.

The birth of Guru Rimpoche also known as Lord Padmasambhava is the occasion that is celebrated during the Hemis Festival. The spiritual leader is given as savior of the local. The leader of tantric Buddhism, it is said, who introduced Buddhism in the Himalayan kingdom since the 8th century. The highlight of the festival is the dance performances and theatrical plays of the Lamas, disguised. The Dancers masked represents good prevailing over evil. The participants in the performance fascinating and are dressed in bright costumes and masks bright. Each mask has its place in the legends of Tibetan and Buddhist. The aspects of good and evil, are
designed as the humble faces of the divine, animals, skeletons and numerous frightening stickers. The dancers can be seen with the movements of the slow dance and imaginative, earthy expressions. The dance performance “the masquerade is created on a music mix with the sounds of drums, trumpets, and cymbals. The famous dance of Padmasambhava, the highlight of the dance shows the victory of the demons route. The dances are enchanting as the divine is represented, and it is said that is purifying your soul.

  • Place: Ladakh
  • Festival Date: 11th & 12th July 2019
  • Venue: Courtyard, Hemis Gompa
  • Significance: the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava

How to get there
Hemis lies 45-km southeast of Leh, the headquarters of Ladakh
Air: Nearest airport – Leh
Leh is connected by direct Flights from Delhi, Srinagar, Jammu & Mumbai.
Road: By car, Hemis is an easy day trip from Leh.
Other Attractions: Thiksey Monastery, Diskit Monastery, Likir Monastery, Spituk Monastery, Stakna
Monastery & Alchi Monastery.

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