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#1 of 53 Places To Visit in Leh
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Namgyal Hill, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India
contact
+91-1982-252297
entry fee
15
per person Indians
100
per person Foreign Nationals
timings
All days of the week
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

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Situated on one side of the dry, dusty Namgyal (Tsemo) hill, Leh Palace was built by Sengge Namgyal, one of the greatest monarch to have reigned over Leh. While construction was initiated in 1553 by Tsewang Namgyal who established the dynasty, Leh Royal Palace was eventually completed in the 17th century at a time when Namgyal dynasty was at its zenith. The structure has since outlived all the monarchies and forces that ruled Leh at different times.

Leh Palace is based on the design of Potala Palace that lies in Lhasa, Tibet. It spreads over nine floors and much of it lies in ruins. However, its once-rich appearance can be deciphered if you take your time to explore it. One excellent place to get a glimpse of the royal dynasty's lost glory is the palace museum that displays a rich collection of jewellery, Chinese Thangkas (some of which are over 450 years old), crowns, ceremonial dresses and much more.

The winding narrow passages and corridors seem more like a maze, with some leading to stairways hidden beyond plain sight and ladders. Standing on the wooden balconies of the upper floors at  Leh Palace you can see the Zanskar mountain range stretching beyond the horizon and the city in its various hues lying below. Currently, the  palace is under the management of the Archaeological Survey of India.

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