Hemis and Thiksay Monastery

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Hemis and Thiksay Monastery

News: As part of G20 meetings, more than 100 delegates from 30 countries visited the Hemis and Thiksey monasteries.

About Hemis Monastery:
* The Hemis Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located 45 kilometers from Leh city, Ladakh, India.
* It belongs to the Red Hat Sect or Drukpa lineage of Buddhism. It is also famous for its 2-day religious ceremony known as the Hemis Festival.
* The Hemis Monastery has an important library of Tibetan books and a very impressive and valuable collection of Thangkas, gold statues and Stupas embedded with precious stones

About Thiksey Monastery:
* Located at an altitude of 11,800 ft (3,600 m), the Thiksey monastery is a twelve-story building. It has many elements of Buddhist art such as thangkas, stupas, wall paintings, statues, and swords.
* The Maitreya Temple is one of the most popular attractions in the monastery.
* The monastery is affiliated with the Gelugpa sect or Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
* It is notable for its resemblance to the Potala palace in Lhasa, Tibet and its annual Gustor Festival

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