Ladakh is a storehouse of culture and adventure. The Buddhist culture in Ladakh has been inviting travellers from all over the world.The region is quite popular for the fairs and festivals that showcase its history and culture. One of such cultural festivals is the Hemis Festival of Ladakh, which is a major reason people travel to Ladakh.
The Hemis Festival has a lot in store for the tourists. A colourful fair is held during this festival, where one can find variety of handicrafts. These handicrafts are for sale and form the part of the exhibition as well. This 2-day festival marks the birth anniversary of the Buddhist guru Padmasambhava. The famous Hemis Gompa, which is 45 km from Leh, is the place where the festivities take place.
The festivities of Hemis take place at the world-famous Hemis Gompa-the biggest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh and the stage for the famous ‘Hemis’ festival.Hemis is home to more than 500 monks and, at the time of the festival, plays host to hundreds of eager devotees, local villagers and tourists.
The two-day festival is marked by prayers and the display of an age-old thangka (religious painting) which is just one of the treasures housed at Hemis. The main attraction of this festival is the Masked Dance which is performed by the Lamas.. The opening act of the Hemis festival sees a group of 13 dancers dressed like Palji Dorge in black hats. With their spiritual powers, , they depict the victory of good over evil.