The Hemis Monastery, Ladakh

Hemis Monastery, is probably the most popular and a famous tourist attraction in Ladakh. On the occasion of Hemis Festival, called the Hemis Tsechu which attracts tourist from across the World, one can enjoy the Cham Dance or Masked Dance here for two days.

It has a beautiful architecture in the Tibetian Style. One can pay homage to the two large statues of Lord Buddha and Guru Rimpoche. Also, there is a museum that exhibits a large collection of Buddhist relics and several ancient items. It is divided into two parts – the assembly hall known as Dukhang and the temple which is called Tshogkhang. The huge courtyard hold most of celebration and public functions . Verandah is decorated with colourful wall paintings of Buddhist Kalchakra.

The Monastery existed before the 11th century and was re-established in 1692 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal.

 

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