Dance with the lamas in Ladakh

Hunchbacked old couples from Ladhakh's countryside hold hands to negotiate the steep climb to the monastery. Motorcyclists from Punjab in black leather jackets stand in the queue to gain entry to the festival. Organised in the honour of Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the annual two day Hemis Festival at the Hemis Monastery has become an important date in the calendars of travellers from across the world who are willing to look at the region beyond the two-wheeler adventures it is generally associated with.