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Hemis is well known for the Hemis monastery that was established in 1672 AD by king Senge Nampar Gyalva. The village hosts a colorful festival held in July. It is close to the Hemis National Park, an area that is home to the endangered snow leopard. The national park was created in 1981.
Hemis Monastery already existed before the 11th century. Nāropā, the pupil of the yogi Tilopa, and teacher of the translator Marpa was connected with this monastery. A translation of Naropa's biography has been found in Hemis monastery. It has been translated by A. Grünwedel (Năro und Tilo,: Festschrift Ernst Kuhn, München 1916). In 1887, Nicolas Notovitch wrote a book claiming to be the translation of a document held in Hemis Library that states Jesus had spent his unknown years at the Hemis monastery.
- Hemis National Park: Inhabited by a number of snow leopards, Hemis National Park is located at an elevation of around 3000 – 6000 m and is spread across more than 4000 sq.km. Apart from being a home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, this National Park is the second largest protected area after Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. With no motor vehicles allowed in or near the park, you can trek your way up to this place during the months of June to October.
- Gotsang Gompa: A tranquil and quiet place, Gotsang Gompa is located close to the Hemis Monastry. A roadless Buddhist Center, Gotsang Gompa has two main temple buildings and is reachable via hiking trail from Hemis Gompa.
- Stakna Monastry: Often referred to as Stakna Gompa (literal translation: Tiger’s Nose), this monastery is perched atop a hill shaped like a tiger’s nose, thus the name. Located along the banks of the Indus River, this monastery is situated at a distance of 25 km from Leh city’s center.
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