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Celebrate Hemis Festival in Ladakh

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.

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  • 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

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Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

02 nights aboard ac houseboat, 02 nights in handpicked hotels

04 Breakfasts, 02 Lunches, 02 Dinners

All ground transport for sightseeing trips

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours

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

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges

International or domestic flights are not included

Please carry a valid travel insurance

Visa fee and charges

Monument and museum tickets

Meals not specified

Any kind of personal expenses/bills

Trip Reviews


Julia Zimmermann | United States of America

13 Aug 2018

I am an adventure enthusiast and a nature level, thus, I found North India to be a perfect place to fulfil all of my cravings to visit the places of my choice. I travelled to Ladakh and also did biking through its motor-able passes. I was stunned to see the lifestyle of people living here! Thanks Max for this trip.

  • 4.5


Nadia Keller | Germany

23 Sep 2022

I am an adventure enthusiast and a nature level, thus, I found North India to be a perfect place to fulfil all of my cravings to visit the places of my choice. I travelled to Ladakh and also did biking through its motor-able passes. I was stunned to see the lifestyle of people living here! Thanks Max for this trip.

  • 5.0

Mr. Simon Schmid | Switzerland

09 Oct 2022

Hello Sanya, hope you are doing great. It was such a wonderful trip and thanks to you for arranging it so well. Starting from arriving in Cochin till our departure, everything was so well organized. Exploring scenic places such an Munnar and Thekkady, staying on houseboat, spending time on white sand beaches was just few highlight of the trip. Our driver Ramesh is a down to earth person with so much of patience. We will definitely come back to India and in our wish list, next place would be visiting Ladakh on bike which I hope you do organize.

  • 5.0

Sivakrishna Gopalan | Chennai India

08 Apr 2023

We are in contact with Max Holidays for the last 17 years and have done many trips with them. They are one of the most professional set of tour operators, working under a good system in their office. The team is awesome as they are capable of dealing with almost every situation. Not only Rajasthan, Ladakh, Sikkim but we also travelled with them to Mt. Kailash in 2018 where we felt their strength to perform in adverse conditions. Hats off to their efforts and kudos to the team of the Company.

  • 5.0


Nikhil Patel | USA

19 Apr 2024 Awe-Inspiring Ladakh Adventure! The Ladakh tour with its breathtaking landscapes and serene monasteries left me spellbound. Each day brought new marvels, from the mystical Pangong Lake to the ancient Thiksey Monastery. The local guides were knowledgeable, adding cultural depth to the journey. A must-do for any adventure seeker
  • 4.5


Sophie Dubois | France

19 Apr 2024 Enchanting Ladakh Expedition! Ladakh's rugged beauty and Tibetan influence stole my heart. The tour was a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility, with visits to stunning Nubra Valley and the magnetic hill. The accommodations were cozy, and the local cuisine was a delightful surprise.
  • 4.5

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