One of the biggest and prime festivals of Leh Ladakh, the Hemis festival marks the birth anniversary of Ladakhi’s spiritual leader Padmasambhava. He to acclaimed to be the founder of Tibet’s Tantric Buddhism. The celebrations of the Hemis begin on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar month, which is also called as Tse-Chu in the local language. Carried on for two days, the festival is a colorful treat to the spectators, where mask dance performers take on the stage in the rhythm of folk music of Ladakh. The renowned Hemis festival is celebrated in the courtyard of the biggest Buddhist monastery, Hemis Gompa, which provides the festival with a sacred atmosphere.
Besides the vibrant performances, the festival has lot other things to offer to the tourists. As a part of the festivity, colorful fairs are also held in the monastery. During these fairs, one can buy a lot of souvenoirs and handicrafts. Displayed as an exhibition, these traditional items are amongst the major highlights of Hemis festival.