Hemis Festival

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The Tibetan-Buddhist Carnival That Will Keep You Amazed

Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is a treasure trove of Tibetan Buddhist culture. The region is richly dispersed with a number of monasteries (gompas) from one corner to the other. Hemis monastery is the largest of all monasteries in Ladakh and host to the much popular Hemis festival which is celebrated here annually with great pomp and show. The Hemis festival is held for two days in early June, in dedication to the birth of Padmasambhava, who founded Tibetan Buddhism. The popularity of the Hemis monastery has reached far and wide due to the major annual celebrations that are organized here.

For travellers, the Hemis festival is an excellent opportunity to dig into the very rich Tibetan-Buddhist culture. The festivities take place under the guidance of the head of the Hemis monastery. During the festival, locals from every nook and crevice of Ladakh arrive here, dressed in colourful apparels. Strikingly beautiful masquerades are organized while monks play different types of musical instruments. Bright brocade dresses, multi-hued outfits and tinted masks lend great beauty to the entire event of the Hemis festival. The slow-paced mask dance that's performed at the festival is also unique in its own sense. The mask dances, also referred to as chams, are a part and parcel of the Tantric tradition.

While participating in the Hemis Festival in Ladakh, you'll come across a unique experience. Additionally, you'll get a chance to savour a variety of local Ladakhi cuisines and enjoy adventurous yak safaris.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

Today on reaching at Delhi airport, you will be received by our representative and assist to your pre-booked hotel.

Day 02 Day return trip to Agra

Following breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed for the Agra day return trip. On reaching at Agra, we will meet with our local guide who will take us to the Taj Mahal built by great emperor Akhar in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Explore the Taj Mahal with the guided walks, click some photographs at the beautiful Taj Mahal and later proceed towards Agra Fort, built by Shah Jahan as royal residence. Visit the Sheesh Maha, Diwan-i-Am and Diwan-i-Khas. Wander around the local markets and drive back to our hotel in Delhi. Dinner and overnight at hotel

Day 03 Delhi to Leh

Morning after breakfast get assisted to the airport to board you flight to Leh. On arrival, get transferred to your prebooked hotel. Spend the day at leisure to get fir into the high altitude atmosphere. Dinner and overnight at hotel

Day 04 Leh to Hemis

Today, we leave for Hemis, known for the famous monasteries of Ladakh surrounded by the green mountains. Visit the Library displaying the collection of Tibetan books, Thankas, gold and silver stupas, and copper gold statue of the Lord Buddha. Drive back to hotel enroute stopping at Saboo famous for the oracle and springs. On reaching at Hemis, check into your hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel

Day 05 Thiksey and Shey

Following early breakfast, enjoy the second day of festival at the monastery. Enjoy watching the lamas dancing with the colourful dresses and masks, on the thumbs of drums. After attending dance festival, we proceed to visit the Shey and Thiksey Gompa.

Thiksey Gompa reflect the Ladakh architecture, and housing many temples displaying many religious and interesting objects like Thangkas, swords and engraved pillars.

Visit to Shey Palace, residence of the Ladakh King and his family. The place is famous for the Maitreya Buddha (Buddha of future) in meditation posture.

Evening continue our drive to Leh and check into hotel prebooked for you. Dinner and overnight at hotel

Day 06 Leh to Nubra Valley

Today we drive to one of the highest points during our trip, and one of the famous attractions. We will pass through the highest motorable pass Khardongla pass (5600m). Continue our drive to Panamik famous for its hot sulphur spring. Reach Nubra Valley, and check into your camps. Dinner and overnight stay at camps

Day 07 Diskit and Hunder

After breakfast, visit Sumur monastery, which is 265 years old, next visit to Diskit providing the spectacular views of valley and known for the oldest Buddhist monastery situated on a hill top. From here, drive towards Hunder known for the bacterian camels and sand dunes. Dinner and overnight at camps at Nubra valley.

Day 08 Nubra to Leh

Today after enjoying a leisure breakfast at Nubra, we will drive back to Leh. On reaching at Leh, check into your hotel and spend the time at Leh bazaar. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 09 Leh to Delhi Depart

After breakfast, transfer to the Leh airport to board your flight to Delhi to connect your onward flight.

What’s Included

Airport Services

Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

Accommodation

02 nights aboard ac houseboat, 02 nights in handpicked hotels

Meals

04 Breakfasts, 02 Lunches, 02 Dinners

Transport

All ground transport for sightseeing trips

Guides / Escorts

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours

Activities

Spice plantation tour, boat ride at Periyar, visit to Kumarakom bird sanctuary

Other inclusions

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges

What’s not included

Flights

International or domestic flights are not included

Travel insurance

Please carry valid travel insurance

Visa

Visa fee and charges

Entry Tickets

Monument and museum tickets

Meals

Meals not specified

Personal expenses

Any kind of personal expenses/bills

Accommodation Style Max Holidays

Accommodation style

The Southern Splendour tour of South India offers comfortable 12 nights and 13 days stay in handpicked hotels including few city hotels, guest houses, beach resorts and some characteristic hotels. The hotels are picked for your stay based on the report and feedbacks of the past guests used these properties. The hotels offer clean rooms with attached toilet and many other standard facilities equivalent to three star standard.

Most of our price offers are generally based on double room sharing basis. For single room stay the guest need to inform us in advance and pay single room supplement.

Remark : Ask us for upgradation of your accommodation which is available at an additional cost.