HEMIS FESTIVAL LADAKH 2019

HEMIS FESTIVAL LADAKH 2019

trip highlights  PLAN YOUR TRIP

  • Sightseeing in Leh including the well-known Leh Palace
  • Observe the culture of Leh during Hemis Festival at the Hemis monastery
  • Trip to Pangong Lake
  • Experience Ladakhi art and cultural in Ladakh Markets

Hemis Festival in Ladakh is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Tse-Chu, Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar. The 2-day fiesta marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. On this day, Hemis Monastery is adorned beautifully to host the ceremony. The colorful festival showcases the beautiful handicrafts of the area. Natives also dress up in lovely traditional attires and gather in the courtyard of Hemis Monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery of Ladakh. Lamas dance around central flagpole to the tunes of drums, cymbals and long horns. The otherwise cold-barren desert comes to life during Hemis Festival.

Day

1

Delhi- Leh
Leh

On arrival, our representative will escort you to your hotel. Check in & spend the day relaxing and unwinding. In the evening, stroll around the vibrant & colorful Leh Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.


Day

2

Leh
Leh

After breakfast, you will drive to Hemis Monastery (45 kms away from Leh) to enjoy the Hemis Festival. Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, and existed before the 11th century, with a copper gilded statue of Lord Buddha nestled within. Many other stupas that are said to be made of precious metal like gold and silver can also be seen here. Hemis Monastery becomes alive during the annual Hemis Festival which is celebrated here in early June each year to honor Guru Padamasambhava, founder of Tibet Tantrik Buddhism.
Hemis Festival in Ladakh is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Tse-Chu, Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar. The 2-day fiesta marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. On this day, Hemis Monastery is adorned beautifully to host the ceremony. The colorful festival showcases the beautiful handicrafts of the area. Natives also dress up in lovely traditional attires and gather in the courtyard of Hemis Monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery of Ladakh. Lamas dance around central flagpole to the tunes of drums, cymbals and long horns. The otherwise cold-barren desert comes to life during Hemis Festival.
Evening return to hotel for overnight stay.


Day

3

Leh
Leh

After breakfast, you will drive to Hemis Monastery to enjoy festival. The Hemis festival is one of the biggest and the most famous religious festivals of Ladakh and is an attraction for both the tourist and the local people.
The masked dances also known as ‘Chham Dance’ depict the triumph of good over the bad are the highlights of the Hemis Festival of Ladakh. These must-watch dances are also accompanied by sacred plays which keep spectators amused. Vibrant costumes worn by the Lamas also grab the attention. As per traditions, monks are supposed to wear long gowns, elaborate masks and a headgear. Every mask holds a special significance associated with it.
In the end, a sculpture made up of dough and representing the evil powers is destroyed by the head of Black Hat dancers. This implies warding off the evil spirits. The broken pieces are then thrown in four different directions. The ritual indicates purification of soul after death.
Late afternoon you will be driven to Leh to visit Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa. Leh Palace was built during the 17th century by the ruler King Sengge Namgyal. This 9-storey royal edifice has been preserved as a part of Ladakhs heritage. Return to hotel for overnight stay.


Day

4

Leh- Pangong Tso (223 kms/07 hours)
Pangong Lake

After breakfast, you will leave hotel and drive to Pangong Lake. Pangong Tso , meaning high grassland lake in Tibetan language is also known to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China. Overnight stay at tent.


Day

5

Pangong Tso- Leh (223 kms/07 hours)
Leh

After breakfast, you will be drive back to Leh. Arrive at Leh and visit Spituk Spituk Monastery, also known as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery.


Day

6

Leh-Nubra Valley (160 kms/05 hours)
Nubra Valley

After breakfast, you will be drive to Nubra valley en route passing through Khardung La, a high mountain pass, at an elevation of 5,359 m (17,582 feet) above the sea level. Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia.
Later you will visit Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa , the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley. The prayer hall of the monastery consists of 32 meter statue of Maitreya Buddha, various images of other guardian gods as well as a huge drum. Afterwards you will be transferred to Hunder sand dunes about 12,000 ft above sea level, 150 km north of Leh, lies the Nubra Valley, one of the highest deserts in the world where you would enjoy Bactrian Camel ride through the sand dunes. Unlike single-humped camels found in Rajasthan and other parts of India, Bactrian camels in Hunder have two humps and joyride on these camels would is a memorable experience for travelers.
You will transferred to Nubra Valley for overnight stay in tented accommodation.


Day

7

Nubra Valley -Leh (160 kms/05 hours)
Leh

After breakfast, you will drive to Leh enroute visit Thikse Monastery (19 kms away from Leh) founded 1433 AD. The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus Valley. It is a twelve-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. Then you will driven to Shey Monastery (15 kms away from Leh). The palace, mostly in ruins now, was built first in 1655, near Shey village under the rule of Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.. and transferred to hotel for rest and at leisure.


Day

8

Departure
Leh

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi.


Inclusions

  • Accommodation on double sharing basis as per the details given above
  • Meal Plan APAI (Breakfast lunch and Dinner)
  • English speaking guide
  • All entrances
  • Arrival/departure transfer and all land transfers as per the itinerary
  • NAC Toyota Innova/ Tata Aria/ Xylo/ Scorpio (upto 06 pax) 
  • Pickup and Drop from Leh Airport
  • Inner line permit.
  • Driver allowance/toll/parking/road tax/fuel charge.

Exclusions

  • GST.
  • Air Fare/Train Fare and all entry fees at sightseeing spots.
  • Any additional meals other than mentioned in the ‘inclusive’ coloumn.
  • Travel insurances. 
  • Monuments entrances fee and optional Activities mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, political disturbances etc.
  • Any item not specifically mentioned in Inclusions column.

How long Hemis festival is celebrated?   

Hemis festival lasts for 2 days. During these two days, you’ll find every nook and corner of Ladakh seeped into the gush of jubilation.

What are the main atractions of Hemis festival?   

Cham Dance, Hemis Monastery, Hemis Museum, Colorful Stalls, Chang Drink

Why is Hemis festival celebrated?   

Hemis festival is a celebration of faith, devotion, culture, togetherness, and, of course, enthusiasm.

What kind of clothes do you need to pack for Hemis festival?   

This is a no-brainer that you need to pack a heap of woolen clothes. After all, you’re going Ladakh, a frozen zone. Particularly for the Hemis festival, you don’t need any special packing.

What are the Dates of Hemis Festival 2019?   

The festival is a two-day celebration and will be commencing on July 11, 2019 and its end will be marked on July 12, 2019. The festival is said to be celebrated in the 5th month of Tibetan calendar.

Type of Vacation


Festivals

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Hemis Festival in Ladakh is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Tse-Chu, Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar. The 2-day fiesta marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. On this day, Hemis Monastery is adorned beautifully to host the ceremony. The colorful festival showcases the beautiful handicrafts of the area. Natives also dress up in lovely traditional attires and gather in the courtyard of Hemis Monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery of Ladakh. Lamas dance around central flagpole to the tunes of drums, cymbals and long horns. The otherwise cold-barren desert comes to life during Hemis Festival.

Detailed Itinerary

Day

1

Delhi- Leh
Leh

On arrival, our representative will escort you to your hotel. Check in & spend the day relaxing and unwinding. In the evening, stroll around the vibrant & colorful Leh Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.


Day

2

Leh
Leh

After breakfast, you will drive to Hemis Monastery (45 kms away from Leh) to enjoy the Hemis Festival. Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, and existed before the 11th century, with a copper gilded statue of Lord Buddha nestled within. Many other stupas that are said to be made of precious metal like gold and silver can also be seen here. Hemis Monastery becomes alive during the annual Hemis Festival which is celebrated here in early June each year to honor Guru Padamasambhava, founder of Tibet Tantrik Buddhism.
Hemis Festival in Ladakh is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Tse-Chu, Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar. The 2-day fiesta marks the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. On this day, Hemis Monastery is adorned beautifully to host the ceremony. The colorful festival showcases the beautiful handicrafts of the area. Natives also dress up in lovely traditional attires and gather in the courtyard of Hemis Monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery of Ladakh. Lamas dance around central flagpole to the tunes of drums, cymbals and long horns. The otherwise cold-barren desert comes to life during Hemis Festival.
Evening return to hotel for overnight stay.


Day

3

Leh
Leh

After breakfast, you will drive to Hemis Monastery to enjoy festival. The Hemis festival is one of the biggest and the most famous religious festivals of Ladakh and is an attraction for both the tourist and the local people.
The masked dances also known as ‘Chham Dance’ depict the triumph of good over the bad are the highlights of the Hemis Festival of Ladakh. These must-watch dances are also accompanied by sacred plays which keep spectators amused. Vibrant costumes worn by the Lamas also grab the attention. As per traditions, monks are supposed to wear long gowns, elaborate masks and a headgear. Every mask holds a special significance associated with it.
In the end, a sculpture made up of dough and representing the evil powers is destroyed by the head of Black Hat dancers. This implies warding off the evil spirits. The broken pieces are then thrown in four different directions. The ritual indicates purification of soul after death.
Late afternoon you will be driven to Leh to visit Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa. Leh Palace was built during the 17th century by the ruler King Sengge Namgyal. This 9-storey royal edifice has been preserved as a part of Ladakhs heritage. Return to hotel for overnight stay.


Day

4

Leh- Pangong Tso (223 kms/07 hours)
Pangong Lake

After breakfast, you will leave hotel and drive to Pangong Lake. Pangong Tso , meaning high grassland lake in Tibetan language is also known to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China. Overnight stay at tent.


Day

5

Pangong Tso- Leh (223 kms/07 hours)
Leh

After breakfast, you will be drive back to Leh. Arrive at Leh and visit Spituk Spituk Monastery, also known as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery.


Day

6

Leh-Nubra Valley (160 kms/05 hours)
Nubra Valley

After breakfast, you will be drive to Nubra valley en route passing through Khardung La, a high mountain pass, at an elevation of 5,359 m (17,582 feet) above the sea level. Khardong La is historically important as it lies on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia.
Later you will visit Diskit Monastery also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa , the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley. The prayer hall of the monastery consists of 32 meter statue of Maitreya Buddha, various images of other guardian gods as well as a huge drum. Afterwards you will be transferred to Hunder sand dunes about 12,000 ft above sea level, 150 km north of Leh, lies the Nubra Valley, one of the highest deserts in the world where you would enjoy Bactrian Camel ride through the sand dunes. Unlike single-humped camels found in Rajasthan and other parts of India, Bactrian camels in Hunder have two humps and joyride on these camels would is a memorable experience for travelers.
You will transferred to Nubra Valley for overnight stay in tented accommodation.


Day

7

Nubra Valley -Leh (160 kms/05 hours)
Leh

After breakfast, you will drive to Leh enroute visit Thikse Monastery (19 kms away from Leh) founded 1433 AD. The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus Valley. It is a twelve-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. Then you will driven to Shey Monastery (15 kms away from Leh). The palace, mostly in ruins now, was built first in 1655, near Shey village under the rule of Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.. and transferred to hotel for rest and at leisure.


Day

8

Departure
Leh

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi.


Hotels

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation on double sharing basis as per the details given above
  • Meal Plan APAI (Breakfast lunch and Dinner)
  • English speaking guide
  • All entrances
  • Arrival/departure transfer and all land transfers as per the itinerary
  • NAC Toyota Innova/ Tata Aria/ Xylo/ Scorpio (upto 06 pax) 
  • Pickup and Drop from Leh Airport
  • Inner line permit.
  • Driver allowance/toll/parking/road tax/fuel charge.

EXCLUSIONS

  • GST.
  • Air Fare/Train Fare and all entry fees at sightseeing spots.
  • Any additional meals other than mentioned in the ‘inclusive’ coloumn.
  • Travel insurances. 
  • Monuments entrances fee and optional Activities mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, political disturbances etc.
  • Any item not specifically mentioned in Inclusions column.

Know before you go

How long Hemis festival is celebrated?   

Hemis festival lasts for 2 days. During these two days, you’ll find every nook and corner of Ladakh seeped into the gush of jubilation.

What are the main atractions of Hemis festival?   

Cham Dance, Hemis Monastery, Hemis Museum, Colorful Stalls, Chang Drink

Why is Hemis festival celebrated?   

Hemis festival is a celebration of faith, devotion, culture, togetherness, and, of course, enthusiasm.

What kind of clothes do you need to pack for Hemis festival?   

This is a no-brainer that you need to pack a heap of woolen clothes. After all, you’re going Ladakh, a frozen zone. Particularly for the Hemis festival, you don’t need any special packing.

What are the Dates of Hemis Festival 2019?   

The festival is a two-day celebration and will be commencing on July 11, 2019 and its end will be marked on July 12, 2019. The festival is said to be celebrated in the 5th month of Tibetan calendar.

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