Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Hemis Monastery Festival

The Hemis Festival - The only festival to be celebrated in summer, and we almost missed it. The itinerary was to visit the Nubra Valley, and we were turned back from atop the Khardung la  due to heavy snow fall and without a moment of hesitation we drove down to Hemis.

The Monastery again situated in the Indus valley is among the largest and the festival amid snow fall was enchanting to say the least.



The festival unfolds with rhythmic beating of the musical instruments and a dance of young monks.

Later starts the slow rhythmic mask dance of individuals first and then in group of two or three. The mask itself interesting- some ferocious and some gentle


Finally culminating in a procession to the accompaniment of the musical instruments-A once in a life time opportunity.


9 comments:

Team G Square said...

Colorful. Lucky enough to catch these lovely moments.

ashok said...

great snaps...!

Shiju Sugunan said...

I am so jealous after seeing these pictures. Awesome clicks, Sudhir.

noobprog said...

Ah! I envy you:)

Ercotravels said...

Indeed, wonderful experience of the festival! the shots of the festival are more colorful and interesting.
thanks for sharing his experience, Dear....

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of Monastery. Very colorful.

Ramakant Pradhan said...

It seems to be very popular given the crowd of people gathered around enjoying the festival. The performances seems very intriguing with colourful masks and dexterous moves.

Indrani said...

Wow! awesome shots!
This trip was worth it, no?! :)

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Such a lovely pictures...