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Hemis Monastery

Hemis is a town in India 40 km southeast of Leh in Ladakh, well known for the Hemis monastery that was established in 1672 AD by king Senge Nampar Gyalva. Hemis is best known to tourists for the colorful festival held in July. Hemis also could be associated with the Hemis National Park, an area that is home to the endangered snow leopard. The national park was created in 1981. Its coordinates are - latitude 33º38'-34º11' in the North to longitude 77º00'-77º44' in the East. It 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).

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  • Francke, A. H. (1914, 1926). Antiquities of Indian Tibet. Two Volumes. Calcutta. 1972 reprint: S. Chand, New Delhi.

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Coordinates: 33°54′44.91″N 77°42′10.2″E / 33.9124750°N 77.702833°E / 33.9124750; 77.702833