Explore Hemis Monastery, The Jewel In The Crown Of The Drukpa Lineage
The Hemis Monastery, the largest monastic institution in Ladakh, is situated about 20 kilometres (1hr) from Thiksey. Built in a secluded valley, this monastery belongs to the Drukpa School or the Dragon Order of Mahayana Buddhism. It was established under the patronage of King Senge Namygal in the 13th century, and features beautiful statues and murals. At the Hemis Monastery, you’ll witness young lamas being taught various subjects, including literature, history, philosophy, yoga and tantra.
Discover Hemis Monastery and other centers of cultural and social significance while at our Chamba Camp in Thiksey.
Discover The Hidden Relics Of Thiksey Monastery
Ladakh's Thiksey Monastery is located about a kilometre away from our camp. This beautiful monastery boasts spectacular views of the eastern Indus Valley, and is home to a two-storey statue of the Maitreya Buddha seated on a lotus. The monastery offers our guests the privilege of participating in a beautiful prayer ceremony, which takes place at sunrise. The prayer room at Thiksey Monastery features many handwritten and painted books, as well as a temple dedicated to the goddess Tara with her 21 images placed in glass-fronted wooden shelves. You will also see small shrines devoted to guardian divinities, including Cham-Sing, the protector deity of Thiksey.
Walk in the Footsteps of Buddha
With our excursion to Alchi in Ladakh, you can embark on an exploration of the monastic treasures of this ancient region. Driving through the picturesque landscape along the River Indus, you arrive at the fabled Alchi Monastery, which was built in the 11th century. Founded by Ringchen Zangpo, the Great Translator, the Alchi Gompa has a distinct Kashmiri influence in its art and architecture. Within the monastery you will see beautiful Tibetan- and Gandhara-style murals of Ladakh, and frescos and images of the Buddha. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a picturesque setting. On your way back from Alchi, you will pass by the Basgo fort, built in the 16th century. Basgo, literally 'Bull's Head' in the local language, was the centre of power and politics in this region, and houses a copper-gilt Buddha statue in one of its prayer halls. The ruins of the fort bear the horrific scars of the invasions of the Mongols.