Hemis Festival

June

Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

Celebrated for over two days to celebrate the birth of Guru Padmasambhava – the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet, the Hemis Festival is held at the three century old grand monastery of Hemis Jangchub Choling. Proximate to Leh, this majestic monastery hosts this festival every June/July.


Celebrated for over two days to celebrate the birth of Guru Padmasambhava – the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet, the Hemis Festival is held at the three century old grand monastery of Hemis Jangchub Choling. Proximate to Leh, this majestic monastery hosts this festival every June/July.

The climax of this vivacious festival is the masked dance, performed with gaiety and fervour by the Lamas to emphasise the conquest of good over evil. Each performer sports a different mask, depicting one of the many characters from the fable being showcased. A culmination of music, dance, religion and culture, the Hemis festival is a must-see while in Leh.

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