One of the most popular monastery and famous tourist attraction in Ladakh, Hemis Monastery is situated 45 km from Leh city. Tucked away on a mountain on the serene Indus River, the monastery belongs to Dugpa Kargyutpa order and is said to be enriched with a large number of Thangkas or paintings that are exhibited during one of the popular festivals in Ladakh namely the Hemis festival. Constructed in 1672 AD, under the rule of King Singge Namgyal, Hemis Monastery is the largest and the most favoured monastery attracting tourists from all over the globe. The monastery is regarded as one of the seven wonders of India and is a world heritage site of the country, making it one of the top tourist attractions in Leh. Surrounded by spectacular mountains and lush green hills, the monastery looks both intriguing and impressive to the travelers.
Ranked as one of the wealthiest monasteries in India, Hemis Monastery boasts of a spectacular copper gilded statue of Lord Buddha along with various stupas that are said to be made of gold and silver. Above the monastery is a sacred hermitage that is reckoned to have been found by the great Gyalwa Kotsang. Inside the hermitage, you can see his footprint and handprint on the rock, which should not be missed while on your Leh Ladakh tour .
The picturesque verandah and vast courtyard are decked with colourful paintings of Buddhist Kaalchakra which is sight to behold. The monastery also houses a museum in the premises where you can see several ancient religious and historical paintings, weapons, carriers and a stuffed vulture pup which is the main attraction of the museum. Discover the ancient culture and relive in the past while on your tour to this monastery of Leh Ladakh tour. Hemis Monastery is truly a mixture of diverse culture and natural surroundings giving the travelers a memorable experience.