HEMIS GOMPA -
About Hemis Gompa
This beautiful monastery, specially known for its colourful festival, is one
of the best places to visit for the Buddhist pilgrims, while in Ladakh. Also
known as the lone place for the compassionate person, Chang-Chub-Sam-Ling in
local language, this Gompa belongs to the Brokpa order and quite unusually
holds a majority of women inhabitants.
The hilly region of Hemis holds a distinct charm, and aura that is
particular to Tibetan Buddhism in a natural and charismatic manner. The
yearly festival or the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, is the union
meet for the Ladakhis, who buy n sell artifacts in the market held in the
occasion. The mask dance, unique and showcasing the Tibetan routes, is a
spectacular occasion to enjoy a colourful break of life.
Hemis is nearly 35 km, while the Gompa is nearly 45 km to the south of Leh,
the capital of Ladakh, and on the southern bank of Indus river.
The Hemis Gompa is situated inside the Hemis National Park, that is, itself
a fantastic way to experience the wildlife and natural beauty. The Monastery
is beautifully coloured and decorated in Tibetan style, with a huge
courtyard, it serves as the dance floor during the annual birth anniversary
festival of Guru Padmasambhava. The festival is a must see for every visitor
who wants to explore a new dimension of life.
The Gompa is 350 years old and is considered one of the wealthiest
monasteries in Ladakh. The monastery is specially decorated on the occasion
of the Tse Shoe festival in the Tibetan lunar month. The festival brings
together people from all over Ladakh and Tibet, due to its serenity and
specialty. The colourful and hand woven dresses, the filled up markets with
different objects makes it a shopping worthy festival.
In the monastery, among many other antique objects, there is a structure of
Buddha Shakyamuni, really exquisite and noteworthy. It is adorned with
valuable gems and jewelry, making it an antique princely object.
National Park -
The park, covering an area of 600 sq. km, is full of
vivid wildlife and caters to many rare birds, some of them migratory and
from far away lands of the earth. Some landscape varieties to observe in the
park include dry forests, birch and fir, alpine grasslands, and scrublands.
The rare species of animals that are found in the park include snow leopard,
Tibetan Antelope, Serow, Ibex etc.
How to reach
Srinagar is the nearest airport, connected to all
major national cities. Leh airport can also be of used as it has some direct
flights from Delhi; however, it depends on clouds whether the aircraft will
land on time.
The nearest train stoppage is Jammu, but train is
not a very good option when the final destination is Hemis.
Road journey in Ladakh is itself an exciting
opportunity. One can enter from the Himachal side, from Manali via Keylong,
or otherwise, from the Kashmir side, from Srinagar via Kargil.