Hemis Gompa is the largest monastery in Ladakh. This monastery, built in 1630, belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. This monastery lies at a distance of 45 km south of Leh.
The massive architural structure of Hemis Monastery is unique and represents a distinct style of architecture from the other important monasteries of Ladakh.
An important annual festival of Ladakh commemorating the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava is held at this monastery consecutively for two days in June-July. The exact dates of Christian calendar on which this festival falls cannot be known because of the complicated Tibetan calendar followed in Ladakh. This festival stirs the entire courtyard of this monastery with its festive pageantry. This is a festival of dances celebrating the triumphs of good over evil. The dances in colorful consumes are fantastic. An annual 'bazaar' is also held on the occasion. The people from remote areas Ladakh assemble here to buy and sell their wares.