Hemis Festival

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The monastery at Hemis provides the atmospheric setting for an annual festival and largest world gathering of ‘drukpa’ masters. The red hatted Tibetan Buddhist monks open the gates of the monastery to visitors. The highlight of the two day festival is the masked dance and symbolic victory over evil deities.
I tried to take a local bus to Hemis to Leh. I sat on a bus in the station along with a group of local girls. It did not appear to be going anywhere. After a fair old wait we all got off and took a shared taxi. I was offered and took the front seat. It was a great ride in the desert sun through mountain villages punctuated by buddhist stupas and Gompas.
Together we walked up to the 17th century drukpa monastery and viewed the mask dance from a balcony overlooking the main courtyard.

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