Top things to do in Hemis

Buddhist Temple in Hemis

Gotsang Hermitage

Predating Hemis Monastery by several centuries, Gotsang is a hillside hermitage with two attractive main temple buildings. The main shrine is the mountain cave in which Tantric master Gyalwang Gotsang (1189–1258) me…
Buddhist Monastery in Hemis

Hemis Gompa

This expansive, 17th-century monastery is the spiritual centre of Ladakh’s Drukpa Buddhists; it was the fifth Gyaling Drukpa who founded Hemis after travelling here from Tibet. There are two prayer halls; the main o…
Religious in Hemis

Hemis Tsechu Festival

The birthday of great Tibetan 'saint' Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is celebrated with three days of masked dancing, much of which retells the story of his life. The main event is held on the 10th and 11th days of t…
Multicuisine in Hemis

Hemis Gompa Restaurant

This somewhat scrappy, tent-like place has a remarkably wide-ranging menu and the dishes are pretty good.