Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

Hemis Festival in ladakh

By Destination At Doorstep Subscribe to RSS | April 2nd 2012 | Views:
loading
 
  



Ladakh has many historic monasteries called Gompas, some of them are 4/5 hundreds years old are places for Buddhist monks and nuns to live, to study and to practice their religion. The monasteries of Ladakh are situated in scenic locations, and on hill-tops and mountains. Some monasteries have rich collections of Buddhist Thangka paintings, art and architecture. Most of the monasteries are open to tourists who can admire the architecture and art collections of these Gompas. Monasteries in Ladakh may be either of the Mahayana or the Hinayana sect of Buddhism. The monasteries of Ladakh are unique flavor and beauty of this cold desert region.

Hemis Gompa: The biggest monastery in Ladakh located 45 Km to the south of Leh. It was built in 1630 and houses monks of the Red Hat sect (Mahayana Buddhism). Tourists can see beautiful paintings on the walls and the largest Thangka painting in Ladakh, which is over 12 m in length. The Hemis Gompa is famous for its annual Hemis festival held in June or July, which is commemorating the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism by the colorful mask dances. Dancers wearing brightly colored masks that represent good and evil characters, perform an ancient tale of the victory of good over evil. The Festival also includes a exciting market where craftsmen sell handcrafted items.

Shankar Gompa: It is located 2 km north of the town center of Leh. The Gompa belongs to the Gelukpa order and has an impressive impression of the Buddhist deity Avalokiteshwara Padmahari with 1,000 arms and heads.

Shanti Stupa: It was built by a Japanese Buddhist organization to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism and to promote World Peace. The Shanti Stupa was inaugurated by H.H. Dalai Lama in 1985. You can approach the monastery by a steep flight of steps or by a 3 Km route from the Fort Road. The views of the sunset and sunrise from the Shanti Stupa are spectacular.

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa: It was constructed in 1430. This historic gompa has a rich collection of Buddhist art and manuscripts and an image of Buddha. It is 3 stories high. There is a ruined fort a.k.a. Leh Palace ahead of the monastery, from where you can see panoramic views of Leh Town.

Lamayuru Gompa: It is located on a high rocky projection and founded in the 10th century, which overlooks a valley and the village of Lamayuru, 125 Km west of Leh. It is also called the Yung Drung or Swastika monastery. It has a many Thangka paintings in its main hall. The annual festival of Lamayuru Monastery is held every summer on the 28th and 29th days, of the 2nd month of the Tibetan calendar. As the legend goes; Lamayuru was a lake. It was blessed by a Lama after which the water of the lake receded up to the mountains leaving place for the monastery to be built. Lamayuru has charming caves carved out of the mountainside. For sheer spectacle value no other gompa can match Lamayuru

Shey Monastery: It is situated on a hillock 15 km south of Leh. Shey Gompa was previously the summer palace of the Ladakhi kings. A prince of Ladakh Deldan Namgyal installed the 12 m tall gold-plated copper statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in 1633 as a funerary memorial to his father, king Singee Namgyal, which can be seen here. The Shey Gompa celebrates its annual festival on the 30th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan calendar.

Likir Monastery: The Likir Monastery a.k.a. the Klu-Kkhjil or "water spirits" Gompa is situated 52 Km from Leh. It was founded in 11th century. The Gompa was burnt down in the 15th century, the present Gompa is an 18th century construction and houses monks of the Gyalukpa sect. The Likir monastery has a rich collection of paintings, ceremonial dress and artifacts. The Likir Festival is held from the 17th to 19th of the 12th month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar (Lunar calendar).

Spituk Monastery: It is perched on a high hill overlooking the Indus river about 18 Km from Leh. Rinchen Zangpo the Great Translator who helped in spreading Buddhism in Ladakh named the monastery. (Spituk means exemplary). The Spituk monastery is known for its collection of Buddhist artifacts and for the Spituk festival held from the 17th to 19th days of the 11th month of the Buddhist calendar. On the top of the hill is a Mahakal Temple, where a fearsome huge image of Vajrabhairava is unveiled once a year at its annual festival.

Thiksey monastery: It is one of the finest examples of Ladakh’s architecture. It is located 20km from Leh. It is 12 storey high and has many statues of Buddha, a pillar inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Maitreya Buddha of 15 m high seated in the main prayer hall. It has a vast collection of Buddhist art. Home to monks of the Gelukpa order the Thiksey monastery is known for its annual festival held from the 17th to 19th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan calendar.

Alchi Gompa: It is situated on the right bank of the River Indus and is easily accessible since it is the only Gompa in Ladakh, which is located on flat ground. It was founded by Ringchen Zangpo, the great translator. Alchi Gompa has a Kashmiri influence in its art and architecture. Within the monastery you can see many beautiful images of Buddha.

Gurphuk Gompa: A branch of Spituk Monastery is a little away from the Stok palace, and only 14 km southeast of Leh. It is famous for its festival "Guru Tsechu" held on the 9th and 10th of the 1st month of Tibetan Calendar.

Three days trek from Stok to Spituk and the 8 days trek of Stok to Markha Valley starts from here. Enjoy trekking in Ladakh or Jeep Safari while moving from monastery to monastery.

Plan your vacation now, call us on 1800-103-2228 (toll free in India) or visit our website http://www.destination-doorstep.com/leh/

Destination At Doorstep - About Author:
PK Jha Creative writer of http://www.destination-doorstep.com

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:
http://www.articleside.com/destinations-articles/hemis-festival-in-ladakh.htm

Related Destinations Articles Subscribe to RSS

Good Accommodation in Manali
Published by Carl Gannon on July 27th 2012 | Destinations
Manali hotels have been classified into various categories where you can find deluxe hotels, Manali ...
 
Spending an Enchanting Holiday in Buenos Aires
Published by Aron Howard on June 15th 2012 | Destinations
Buenos Aires is a paradise and a perfect blend of modern and traditional ways of life. You will have...
 
Singapore Tourists Attractions Savour the Charm with Pleasant Experiences
Published by Rama Shankar Diwakar on December 31st 2011 | Destinations
Singapore the word very brings the images of the towering building with modern features, historical ...
 
Honeymoon Tours - Kerala the Best Options
Published by Rama Shankar Diwakar on May 23rd 2012 | Destinations
Kerala is a wonderful state located in the south of India. Encircled by the serene and pristine Arab...
 
Jaipur Fests – Portraying City’s Cultural Extravaganza
Published by Aanchal Gupta on May 10th 2012 | Destinations
Jaipur is well-known for its wealthy past and cultures, which can be well-discovered during the fest...
 
Ooty Tours Commence by Road from Any of the South India’s Airports
Published by Adolf Jamie on March 20th 2012 | Destinations
For a Ooty tourist wanting to spend holidays there attractive packages are offered by travel agents...
 
Ao Nang Things to Do
Published by Lek Boonlert on November 29th 2011 | Destinations
The best destination for snorkelling is Phi Phi, a fair distance from the hotels in Ao Nang by speed...
 
Experience the Beauty of Mauritius
Published by Swati Singh on December 12th 2011 | Destinations
It is an ideal place for the honeymooners as it has private scenic beaches and destinations. Mauriti...
 
The Luxurious hotels in Mumbai are to pleasure to stay with the best facilities and comfort levels provided here
Published by Max Planck on July 4th 2012 | Destinations
As a result of this several hotels in Mumbai was developed over the years. Since, Mumbai is the hear...
 
Unwinding on a Great Stag Do Newcastle
Published by Julia Roger on May 23rd 2012 | Destinations
Newcastle stag do calls for different types of activities, which include paintballing, pigeon shooti...
 
Excursions in the Madrid
Published by Frederick Pollard on July 3rd 2012 | Destinations
You will also find Casita del Labrador where there is a huge porcelain works and old clocks collecti...
 
Enjoy the Unlimited Experiences and Marvelous Sightseeing Spots on your Trip to Switzerland
Published by Vinay Tiwari on March 30th 2012 | Destinations
Switzerland is one of the most admirable destinations; which is amid in the Europe. Switzerland abso...
 
Grab Tickets to Brisbane Experience the Cities Hotel Range
Published by Shally Smith on January 20th 2012 | Destinations
Brisbane is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Brimming with world class att...
 
Find Best XLVII Super Bowl Hotels for Super Bowl in 2013
Published by Alina Cruz on August 22nd 2012 | Destinations
Since the next super bowl is approaching fast; it is time to search for affordable hotels and ticket...
 
Head to the Golden Paradise boarding Direct Flights to Kuwait
Published by Rakesh Jha on February 3rd 2012 | Destinations
The city of Kuwait is the finest in servicing tourist with its well planned itineraries. Relive past...
 
Thailand the Most Fascinating Destination to Explore
Published by Sonu Yadav on March 27th 2012 | Destinations
Thailand is one of alluring day-tripper destinations in the absolute Southeast Asia. Lovingly dubbed...
 
Planning for Long Distance Moving
Published by Joseph Burnand on December 26th 2011 | Destinations
Moving is a hassle no matter how you look at it. Regardless of how you cut the pie, a pie is still a...
 
Malaysia and its Top Three Destinations to Explore
Published by Sonu Yadav on March 3rd 2012 | Destinations
Malaysia is one of the top most sought after tourist location in South Asia. Malaysia is the day dre...
 
Chardham Yatra with Chardham Yatra Packages by Baikunth Chardham Yatra
Published by Baikunth Yatra on August 15th 2012 | Destinations
If you are dreaming of a vacation in paradise, Chardham Yatra welcomes you, the land of Gods. Custom...
 
Manali Trip – Enjoy Adventures of a Lifetime!
Published by Aanchal Gupta on May 31st 2012 | Destinations
Blessed with lofty mountains, shimmering streams and dense green jungles, Manali boasts splendid adv...
 
Explore the Essential of Bali
Published by Vobaless on August 24th 2012 | Destinations
Bali has indeed been very famous since very long times for its culture, art and its tradition. Its r...
 
Explore the Essential of Bali
Published by Vobaless on August 24th 2012 | Destinations
Bali has indeed been very famous since very long times for its culture, art and its tradition. Its r...
 
Toledo Specials for the Tourists
Published by Alberts Pujol on August 24th 2012 | Destinations
Toledo is one of the exciting Spanish cities which draw a host of tourists every year. There are man...
 
The Exciting Offerings of Costa Calida
Published by Alberts Pujol on August 24th 2012 | Destinations
One of Spain’s famous coastlines is Costa Calida besides Costa del Sol. Costa Calida has many exci...
 
Do You Want to Find out More About the Saltwater Crocodile?
Published by Danilo Gibson on August 24th 2012 | Destinations
There are many creatures that can be found here in the Earth, and the ones living on land are classi...
 
Not So Popular Delhi Tourist Places to Visit During Sightseeing in Delhi
Published by Dev Kumar on August 24th 2012 | Destinations
We all know that there are many historical magnificent places to visit in Delhi. Here are some lesse...