Hemis is beauty personified, and in the most
elegant way as well. With the most serene environment, Hemis happens to be one
of the must-visit places in the district of Leh.
It also does you one better with all the tourist
attractions that it houses. From monasteries to world-class wildlife
sanctuaries, you can take back souvenirs from all of them to cherish the
memories. The Hemis National Park is where you can find the vulnerable snow
leopard in all its glory. Expect to also see wolves, langurs, deer, red foxes
and other wild animals on your visit too. Make the most of the scenic views by
going on treks up to the heart of the snow clad mountains.
Leopard Capital of India
Rightly so, Hemis has been named the Snow Leopard
capital of India for being the habitat of one of the rarest species of leopards
in the world. 40km from Leh, Hemis is not just home to the wild snow leopard,
but also a number of monasteries and wildlife sanctuaries, including world’s
highest wildlife sanctuary, Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary, all away
from the bustle of the everyday world. You can reach Hemis by taking a cab from
Leh and experience nature in its purest form.
and Local Food
Hemis is slightly influenced by Tibetan cuisine.
You can see people enjoying mouth-watering delicacies like thukpa (thick noodle
soup with vegetables), pava (a sattu preparation), khambir (special Leh bread),
apricot jam sandwiches, meat or veggie stuffed dumplings with chilli sauce and
skieu (mutton, flour and vegetable dish)
Day 1 – If you reach at noon, try relaxing for a while and relish some
delicious food before walking around in the streets during the evening. Visit
the market for shops lined up with Ladakh souvenirs that you can take back for
yourself or your friends as a memory or a gift.
Day 2 – Start your day at the Hemis monastery, this is where the snow leopard
trek begins and continues upwards towards the Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary. You can
put your mind at ease in this serene environment.
Day 3 – Take your pick from the many other monasteries in and around Hemis on
your final day. You can visit the Gotsang or the Stakna Gompas.