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Hamis is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Hamis is located in India
Location in India
Coordinates: 33°54′45″N 77°42′28″E / 33.912610°N 77.707646°E / 33.912610; 77.707646Coordinates: 33°54′45″N 77°42′28″E / 33.912610°N 77.707646°E / 33.912610; 77.707646
Country India
State Jammu and Kashmir
District Leh
Tehsil Leh
Population (2011)
 • Total 313
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Census code 892

Hemis, also spelled Hamis, is a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India.[1] It is located in the Leh tehsil, 40 km southeast of the Leh town, in Ladakh

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, and is the only high altitude park in the country.

Hemis Monastery[edit]

Main article: Hemis Monastery

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 (Nӑro 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.


According to the 2011 census of India, Hamis has 24 households. The literacy rate of the village is 83.39%.[2]

Demographics (2011 Census)[2]
Total Male Female
Population 313 256 57
Children aged below 6 years 25 18 7
Scheduled caste 0 0 0
Scheduled tribe 85 61 24
Literates 261 230 31
Workers (all) 177 141 36
Main workers (total) 173 140 33
Main workers: Cultivators 48 18 30
Main workers: Agricultural labourers 1 1 0
Main workers: Household industry workers 0 0 0
Main workers: Other 124 121 3
Marginal workers (total) 4 1 3
Marginal workers: Cultivators 0 0 0
Marginal workers: Agricultural labourers 0 0 0
Marginal workers: Household industry workers 0 0 0
Marginal workers: Others 4 1 3
Non-workers 136 115 21


  1. ^ "Blockwise Village Amenity Directory" (PDF). Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Leh district census". 2011 Census of India (Directorate of Census Operations). Retrieved 2015-07-23.