Welcome to Hemis
To escape the tourist hordes, stroll beyond the new school construction along a lovely stream-side path, then take the concrete stairway that leads up to the Gotsang Hermitage. Allow nearly an hour for the trip up, half that back.
Near the main monastery, the compact and timeless Hemis village is also worth a stroll, with narrow alleys running between tightly packed homes.
An extraordinarily long series of mani walls descends further towards Karu, passing an octagonal stupa-shaped building built for the 2016 Hemis Mela festival.