8 Day Hemis Festival in Ladakh

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The Hemis Festival is one of the biggest and most famous religious festival in Ladhak both for the tourist and for the local people. The festival of Hemis is a colourful 2-day affair that falls on the 10th day of the Tibetian lunar month. This festival is the celebration of the birth anniversary of the spiritual leader Padmasambhava, the founder of the tantric Buddhism. The main venue and stage for this festival is the courtyard of Hemis-Gompa, the biggest monastery of Ladakh.



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The Hemis Festival is one of the biggest and most famous religious festival  in Ladhak both for the tourist and for the local people. The festival of Hemis is a colourful 2-day affair that falls on the 10th day of the Tibetian lunar month. This festival is the celebration of the birth anniversary of the spiritual leader Padmasambhava, the founder of the tantric Buddhism. The main venue and stage for this festival is the courtyard of Hemis-Gompa, the biggest monastery of Ladakh.

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

    Our representative will greet you on your arrival at Delhi airport and will escort you to the hotel. After checking into the hotel, you can spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the local area and markets.

     

    Night stay in Delhi.

     

  • Day 2: Delhi to Leh, by air

    Our representative will take you to the airport to take an early morning flight to Leh, the spectacular high desert city in the Himalayas and the capital of Ladakh.

     

    While in flight you will pass over many mountain ranges and gives the opportunity to click fascinating photos to enjoy later.

     

    Leh is the in Indus river valley at a crossroad of the old trading routes from Xinjiang, Tibet and Kashmir.

     

    After we land, our representatives will take you on a walking tour of Leh Bazaar, which has been an important stop on trade routes dating as far back as the 3rd-century. You can enjoy shopping for curios and souvenirs in the bazaar and markets of Leh.

     

    The rest of the afternoon you can take rest and adjust yourself with the climate of Leh.

     

    Night stay at Leh.

     

  • Day 3: Leh

    After breakfast, we will visit Gonpa Soma, a Buddhist temple constructed in 1840 at the base of the towering Leh palace.

     

    Afterward, we head to Moti Market, Leh’s old bazaar, for an exploration of its ancient lanes with a history that can be traced back to the Asian spice trade.

     

    We will eat lunch together followed by free time to rest, explore, or sip traditional Tibetan butter tea at your leisure.

     

    Overnight will be at Leh. 

     

  • Day 4: Leh

    The cold barren desert of India wakes up from harsh winters and it’s the time to celebrate the Hemis Festival. In the quaint Hemis, Jangchub Choeling monastery, the colourful extravaganza of celebrating the birth of local savior Lord Padmasambhava is under the festival preparations.

     

    Today our representatives will take you to witness the celebrations of the Hemis Festival. After an early breakfast, we will travel to the Hemis Monastery, the largest and richest monastery in all of Ladakh. At 9 am the birthday celebrations of Guru Padmasambhava begin in the courtyard, which quickly fills up with local Ladakhis and Buddhist pilgrims. A raised platform with a richly cushioned seat and a finely painted small Tibetan table are placed with the other ceremonial items – cups full of holy water, uncooked rice, tormas made of dough and butter and incense sticks. A number of musicians play traditional music with four pairs of cymbals, large-pan drums, small trumpets and large-sized wind instruments.

     

    The festival highlight is the Dance performances and plays by masked lamas. The masked dance represents the good over evil. The participants are dressed in vibrant costumes and bright masks. The famous Padmasambhava dance, the highlight of the dance shows the victory of the Ruta demons. The dances are spell-bound as the divine is represented and its said to be purifying your soul.

     

    Inside and outside the monastery during the festival different stalls are there. You can experience the unique handicrafts of the region.

     

    In the afternoon, our representative will arrange a guided tour of the city, including a visit to the Royal Palace.

     

    Construction started in 1553 and completed in 17th century initiated by Tsewang Namgyal and completed by Sengge Namgyal Both from the Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh.

     

    The Leh Palace began in the 16th  century and it was completed in the 17th century, marking as one of the tallest buildings of that era with nine-storeys. The roof-top of the palace provides spectacular views of the mountain range and also the beautiful views of the entire town and its surroundings. The palace is now in a very dilapidated condition and is maintained by ‘Archeological Survey of India’.

     

    Night stay at Leh.

     

  • Day 5: Leh

    After breakfast tour representative will take you on a sightseeing tour of Stok Palace, Shey Palace and Thiksey monastery.

     

    The summer home of the royal family of Ladakh, Stok Palace is one of the major attractions in Leh. The palace and accompanying museum were built in the year 1825, by King Tespal Tondup Namgyal.

     

    At present, the place has a collection of elaborate royal dresses and crowns which are open for travellers to explore.

     

    There a collection of elaborated royal dresses and crowns which are open for the tourists to see, feel and explore the 17th century.

     

    The Shey Monastery or Gonpa and the Shey Palace complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past.

     

    The palace mostly in ruins now was built by Deldan Namgyal.

     

    The Shey Monastery was also built in 1655 on the instructions of Deldan Namgyal in the memory of his late father Singay Namgyal. The monastery is noted for its giant copper and the gilded gold statue of Shakyamuni Buddha.

     

  • Day 6: Leh

    After breakfast, our representative will guide you to Lamayuru which called the mainland of Leh. It is driven for 3 hours outside of Leh.

     

    Lamayuru is roughly 100 km before Leh, The journey weaves through remote mountain passes and deep river valleys and is a pleasure to drive through its pass. The best location to view the moonscapes of Lamayuru is to climb up what is known as meditation hill. Monks from the Lamayuru gompa stay here, on the top of the meditation hill.

     

    They have a medical laboratory up there where monks churn out medicines form the local herbs.

     

    The afternoon is to stay relaxed and to enjoy the lunar-like white stone surroundings.

     

    Night stay at Lamayuru/Alchi.

     

  • Day 7: Leh

    You will be guided on the return journey to Leh by the way of Alchi, an ancient Buddhist village tucked into the Indus River valley.

     

    The Alchi Gompa is considered one of the most ancient Buddhist Monastery, known more like a monastic complex of temples in Alchi village.

     

    Our drive back to Leh offers an eye-catching setting for our mind and thoughts with striking effects on our week’s journey and discoveries.

     

    Night stay at Leh.

     

     

  • Day 8: Leh - Delhi, by air

    Delhi – Back Home

     

    Our representative will escort you for the morning flight to Delhi.

     

    Tour ends