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Hemis Festival,Kumbh Mela of Ladakh

Hemis Monastery is the largest and richest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh and it hosts to the popular festival called Hemis Festival. The day has been declared as the state holiday... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2016
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Hemis Monastery is the largest and richest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh and it hosts to the popular festival called Hemis Festival. The day has been declared as the state holiday. This 2-day festival is celebrated on the 10thday of the Tibetan lunar month, which is the birthday of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. During the festival the Lamas perform... More 

Jalandhar, India
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Try visiting in the month of July because a great festival held there. I used Bike to get there , as there is no public transport available. Nice Place , Great Architecture Museum was nice nothing special except skin and head of a lion and leopard. We had few talks with monks, they make children join the race and follow... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

What a spectacle! The Hemis Festival was packed solid with spectators standing shoulder to shoulder and every seat occupied for the amazing experience. The sounds were something I have never heard before and I could not believe where the monks got their breath to blow through the incredible trumpets which must have been 10ft or more long. The costumes, colours... More 

Thank WingedPegasus
Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

It is a nice time pass. However we did not get a feel of a great attractive place or a feeling of visiting a temple. A few monks praying and simultaneously eating samosa, created a bit casual feeling. Did not get the place of worship feeling. The group of monks sitting and praying attracted us from outside. The museum was... More 

Thank rr_vsr
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

What a lovely new addition to the monastery and at such an affordable fee. The museum is truly a gem and a must visit. Although Hemis is not too close to Leh, the roads have improved since we last went and it was a joy to see the kids learning.

Thank Gipsy
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

I went to this wonderful place on 29th April 2016, it's my last day of my Leh tour, 28th I went to Pangong Lake, on the way I visited all the monastries including Sindhu ghat, 3 Idiots school and crossing Chang La was a experience by itself, on 29th morning it was very cold (-5°C) at Pangong Lake, I stayed... More 

Thank smbegaraaj
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed 6 September 2015

The richest monastery is Leh Ladakh region. Truly beautiful. Has a museum which is worth seeing as it contains some priceless articrafts.

Thank anb2010
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

This is the biggest monastery in Ladakh. It has lots of things to explore. Also it has museum that has many ancient artifiacts. Please note even during summer this museum, since underground, is cold. So wear all your thermal stuff plus socks, shoes not allowed. Also one needs to keep mobile, wallet, camera in locker, none of it is allowed... More 

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Reviewed 7 August 2015 via mobile

It's very beautiful and well maintained monastery it has gorgeous Buddha statue and very well maintained museum inside it has very good souvenir shop and it's very good for photographers.

Thank saurabhmehra369
Pondicherry, India
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We went there during the Hemis festival so we only visit a small part of the monastery, which is intriguing.the monks were nice enough to allow people to enter the place from where the dancers were getting ready. Even thiugh we were pestering themwith our cameras and barring their ways we only got tolerant smiles in return.

Thank sug_fr

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