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.


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$950 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Nights 8 Days Leh Tour with Pangong

Day 1: LEH ARRIVALUpon arrival, our representatives welcome you and assist you to transfer at your pre-booked hotel. Check-in at the hotel on reaching and relax. Evening is free to take a stroll in the local bazaars.Overnight in LehDay 2: LEHIn the morning after Breakfast, head out for local sightseeing. Today, you will visit monasteries like Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Hall of Fame and etc.Overnight in LehDay 3: LEH / KHARDUNG LA / DISKIT / HUNDERAfter Breakfast, check-out from the hotel and start for Khardung La which is the Highest Motorable Pass. Thereafter, resume the journey towards Diskit and then Hunder. In Diskit, you will visit Diskit Gompa or Diskit Monastery which is the oldest and the largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley.Overnight in Diskit / HunderDay 4: HUNDER – LEHCelebrate a beautiful morning in Hunder with Bacterian double humped camel ride. Next, take a visit to Panamik that is known for its hot sulphur spring. Later return to Leh via Khardung La and spend the night in a hotel.Overnight in LehDay 5: LEH – HEMIS – PANGONG TSOAfter sumptuous Breakfast, check out and leave for Hemis to visit Hemis monastery which is known to be the biggest monastic institution in Ladakh since 11th century.  Afterwards, make your way towards Pangong Tso Lake. Enjoy the stunning vistas and spend the rest of the day in the lap of nature.Overnight in Tangtse / Lukung / SpangmikDay 6: PANGONG TSO – LEHIn the morning, make your way back to Leh. On the route, take a visit of Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace. Overnight in LehDay 7: LEHThe day, you could visit the confluence of Zanskar and Indus River at Nimoo. Enjoy white water rafting in Zanskar River. Next, drive to Alchi for visiting the magnificent Alchi Monastery. Also visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Magnetic Hill. If time allowed, you could also visit Likir. Day 8: LEH DEPARTURE This day, after a short feedback meeting, you will be transferred at the place of your choice.  

$1294 Cultural & Theme Tours

Great Laddakh Tour

Day 1 - Arrival In Delhi On arrival in Delhi, you will be Greeted and Escorted by MTA Executive to your Hotel. On arrival at hotel check in. (Room will be available from 1200 Noon) Overnight. Day 2: Delhi - visit old delhi the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) and Raj Ghat – In the afternoon visit New Delhi. Drive past President’s Palace, The Parliament and India Gate. Overnight. Day 3: Delhi -Leh (Flight) Morning flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, situated at 3650 meters above sea level. afternoon free for rest and acclimatization. Overnight. Day 4: Leh - Morning visit the Hemis monastery, one of the most important monastery of Laddakh that holds an excellent collection of sacred texts and big Thangka. Later visit Tikshey, important research center for monks. Photo stop at the monastery of Shey. Afternoon visit the Shanti Stupa which offers an excellent view of the valley. Overnight. Day 5: Leh-Nubra Valley (150 km – 4 hours) - Transfer to the Nubra valley. Drive through the spectacular step Kardung La situated at 5602 meters above sea level. In the afternoon visit the monastery of Samstaling and, at sunset, enjoy a short walk to the lake Tsochun. Overnight. Day 6: Nubra Valley - Leh Excursion to ‘imposing monastery of Diskit and Hunder, through a magical lunar landscape of sand dunes. Afternoon return to Leh. Overnight. Day 7: Leh - Pangong Lake ( 160 km – 7 hours ) - Drive to Pangong Lake situated at 14,500 ft of height, Pass through Changla pass 17,350 ft (the third highest motorable road in the world).Walk along the marvellous lake. Night in camp. Day 8: Pangong Lake -leh Morning at Leisure, Afternoon Return to Leh, overnight. Day 9: Leh -Uleytokpo Morning Transfer to Uleytokpo. Stop at Alchi to visit the beautiful monastery, famous for its frescoes. Afternoon short trek in a picturesque gorge to the mountain village of Mangyu. Overnight. Day 10: Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Kargil (180 km – 5 hours ) - Visit the monastery of Lamayuru, the oldest Gompa of Ladakh which houses the Sacred cave where the great saint Naropa meditated. Back to Uleytokpo through a spectacular landscape. Proceed to Kargil. Arrival and overnight. Day 11: Kargil – Srinagar (210 km – 8 hours) - Morning Transfer to Srinagar. along the way, stop at picturesque valley of Sonmarg. Arrival and checkin, overnight. Day 12: Srinagar- Morning tour of the city, Visit Friday Mosque. The Mosque of Shah Hamdan and Roza Bagh are considered by some to be the tomb of Jesus. Afternoon trip on “Shikara”, a typical house boat on Dal Lake, through its beautiful canals, Overnight. Day 13: Srinagar - Delhi ( Flight) - In the morning, visit the Beautiful Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh. In the afternoon flight to Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Overnight. Day 14: International Departure Morning Transfer to the airport For International Departures.

$568 Private & Custom Tours

Ladakh - The Little Tibet

Day 01 : Arrival Leh. Arrival Leh, our representative will meet, greet, assist and transfer you to Hotel in Leh. Rest of the day free to acclimatize to the high altitude of Ladakh. In the evening take a walk to the local bazaar in Leh. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.Day 02 : Indus Valley Monastery tour (120 Kms round trip)Morning after breakfast, drive to Thiksey village, visit Thiksey monastery and drive to Shey Village to visit Shey Palace and Gompa. Continue drive to Hemis monastery to visit one of the most famous monasteries of Ladakh. Later on the way back to Leh Visit Stok Palace and Museum. Come back to Leh in the evening and relax at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Leh. Day 03 : Excursion to Alchi and Likir (150 Kms round trip)Morning after breakfast drive to Alchi. Enroute visit Magnetic Hill, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river. Visit Alchi Monastery and drive back to Leh. Enroute visit Likir Monastery. Arrive hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight.MAGNETIC HILL : Defying the Law of gravity. This place is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill that’s the Believe it or not of Ladakh!CONFLENCE OF THE ZANSKAR & INDUS : On way to Sham Valley before Nimu village one can have this magnificent view of two rivers in wed-lock! In seasons they have different colors and flow and wildness.ALCHI GOMPA: 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.LIKIR GOMPA: Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.Day 04 : Airport Departure. Leave on time for Leh airport to board your flight to Delhi.

$1300 Cultural & Theme Tours

Great Laddakh Tour

Day 1 - Arrival In Delhi On arrival in Delhi, you will be Greeted and Escorted by MTA Executive to your Hotel. On arrival at hotel check in. (Room will be available from 1200 Noon) Overnight.Day 2: Delhi - visit old delhi the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) and Raj Ghat – In the afternoon visit New Delhi. Drive past President’s Palace, The Parliament and India Gate. Overnight.Day 3: Delhi -Leh (Flight) Morning flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, situated at 3650 meters above sea level. afternoon free for rest and acclimatization. Overnight.Day 4: Leh - Morning visit the Hemis monastery, one of the most important monastery of Laddakh that holds an excellent collection of sacred texts and big Thangka. Later visit Tikshey, important research center for monks. Photo stop at the monastery of Shey. Afternoon visit the Shanti Stupa which offers an excellent view of the valley. Overnight.Day 5: Leh-Nubra Valley (150 km – 4 hours) - Transfer to the Nubra valley. Drive through the spectacular step Kardung La situated at 5602 meters above sea level. In the afternoon visit the monastery of Samstaling and, at sunset, enjoy a short walk to the lake Tsochun. Overnight.Day 6: Nubra Valley - Leh Excursion to ‘imposing monastery of Diskit and Hunder, through a magical lunar landscape of sand dunes. Afternoon return to Leh. Overnight.Day 7: Leh - Pangong Lake ( 160 km – 7 hours ) - Drive to Pangong Lake situated at 14,500 ft of height, Pass through Changla pass 17,350 ft (the third highest motorable road in the world).Walk along the marvellous lake. Night in camp.Day 8: Pangong Lake -leh Morning at Leisure, Afternoon Return to Leh, overnight.Day 9: Leh -Uleytokpo Morning Transfer to Uleytokpo. Stop at Alchi to visit the beautiful monastery, famous for its frescoes. Afternoon short trek in a picturesque gorge to the mountain village of Mangyu. Overnight.Day 10: Uleytokpo – Lamayuru – Kargil (180 km – 5 hours ) - Visit the monastery of Lamayuru, the oldest Gompa of Ladakh which houses the Sacred cave where the great saint Naropa meditated. Back to Uleytokpo through a spectacular landscape. Proceed to Kargil. Arrival and overnight.Day 11: Kargil – Srinagar (210 km – 8 hours) - Morning Transfer to Srinagar. along the way, stop at picturesque valley of Sonmarg. Arrival and checkin, overnight.Day 12: Srinagar- Morning tour of the city, Visit Friday Mosque. The Mosque of Shah Hamdan and Roza Bagh are considered by some to be the tomb of Jesus. Afternoon trip on “Shikara”, a typical house boat on Dal Lake, through its beautiful canals, Overnight.Day 13: Srinagar - Delhi ( Flight) - In the morning, visit the Beautiful Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh. In the afternoon flight to Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Overnight. Day 14: International Departure Morning Transfer to the airport For International Departures.

$914 Day Trips & Excursions

Ladakh Tour with Hemis Festival

Day 01: 21 June: ARRIVAL IN DELHIArrive at Delhi International Airport. Meet our representative and transfer to hotel. Relax. Overnight in Delhi. Day 02: 22 June: DELHI - LEH (BY FLIGHT)Post breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch flight to Leh (Flight on your own expense). On arrival meet the representative and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax to acclimatize. Overnight in Leh. Day 03: 23 June: LEH - HEMIS FESTIVALPost breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery to experience Hemis Festival. The festival is dedicated to the birth of the spiritual leader Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism. Watch and enjoy Cham, a sacred masked dance performed by the Lamas (monks), which marks the victory of good over bad. Hemis monastery is one of the oldest, largest and most popular monasteries in Ladakh. Later, proceed to visit Thiksey Monastery and twelve storey monastery complex, which houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings, swords etc. Overnight in Leh. Day 04: 24 Jun: LEH - KHARDUNG LA - NUBRA VALLEYPost breakfast, check-out and drive to Khardungla Pass (17852 Ft), the world’s highest motorable pass. Drive continues to Nubra Valle, a high-altitude desert. On reaching Nubra, explore Diskit Monastery and nearby areas. Diskit Monastery is the largest and oldest monastery in the Nubra Valley. Check-in at Hotel / Luxury Camp and then proceed to the cold desert sand dunes to ride on two humped bactrian camel. Overnight in Nubra. Day 05: 25 Jun: NUBRA - TURTUK - NUBRAPost breakfast, take a journey to Turtuk Village, the last village on the Indian side and very close to the Indo-Pak border. The culture here is different from the Tibetan Buddhist dominant region of Ladakh, as we will see a sudden shift to a more Islamic community. Later drive back to Nubra and relax. Overnight in Nubra. Day 06: 26 Jun: NUBRA - KHARDUNG LA - LEH Post breakfast drive back to Leh city. On arrival relax and later proceed to local market and pick some souvenirs. Overnight in Leh. Day 07: 27 Jun: LEH - PANGONG TSOPost early breakfast, head to Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake .En route, cross a wildlife reserve where one may be able to sight some rare Himalayan animals. Drive continues to Pangong via Changla Pass, third highest motorable pass. On arrival, check in to camp and head out to enjoy the breathtaking panorama on the backdrop of this lake. Overnight in Pangong Lake. Day 08: 28 Jun: PANGONG TSO- LEHPost breakfast, drive back to Leh city. On arrival, check in.Overnight in Leh. Day 09: 29 Jun: LEH - DELHI [ BY FLIGHT] [ DEPARTURE]Post breakfast, transfer to Leh Airport. Board a flight (Flight on own expense) to Delhi. On arrival, connect a flight to your onward journey

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Trekking in Ladakh

Think of the Himalayas and you'll inevitably think of Mount Everest. But there's so much more to see in this picturesque region than just the mother of all mountains. Across the mountain ranges in India, there's a whole different world waiting to be explored under your hiking boots. Hike among tiny villages, walk through remote valleys and marvel at isolated Buddhist monasteries high up in the cliffs. Even though you haven't left India, trekking through this unique tapestry of colours and cultures will make you feel that you've been transported to another world.

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