This festival is celebrated every year but once in 12 years in the 5th lunar month of the Monkey year, half a million people from across the Himalayas gather in Ladakh to celebrate Naropa’s life in one of the largest events of the decade. The festival in 2016 will be one of those. The most famous of Ladakh’s monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 – 1642 A.D.). Today Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. In the year of the Monkey (every 12 years) a giant thangka depicting Guru Padmasambhava is unfurled from the terrace draping the five-storey facade. Delicately wrought in pearls and appliqué, it is one of the most famous art treasures of Ladakh. The central courtyard forms the focus for the masked dances held every year in summer. In the dukhang, remnants of the original 17th century murals can be seen. The Gompa boasts of an excellent library, well preserved frescoes and murals, silver gilt chortens and a Kashmiri lacquered wood throne.
During the festival, the monastery is ablaze with light, in the courtyard the blare of long brass trumpets signals the beginning of the fight between good and evil. Dancing and prancing, leering and scowling, the demons – monks beneath grotesque masks – enter the arena. Between them two skeletons ease the tension with antics. The forces of good, representing legendry heroes and saints strive to overcome the demons as stately dance steps and graceful mystic gestures are pitted against frenzy and madness. Slowly the demons are driven back – only to surge forward again in swirling dance, flinging themselves against the Masters of Virtue – but their violence cannot overcome the superiority of virtue on wisdom and they are driven from the arena..
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<li>Flight Ticket Delhi to Leh and back.</li>
<li>Pick up and Drop to the Airport.</li>
<li>3 meals a day while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).</li>
<li>Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis tents or local lodges / guesthouses / Homestay.</li>
<li>All trekking and climbing related permit & fees.</li>
<li>Professional English speaking guides.</li>
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<li>Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.</li>
<li>Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water.</li>
<li>All foods and beverages other than on the itinerary.</li>
<li>Personal gear and expenses.</li>
<li>Tips and gratitude provided to staff.</li>