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#9 of 53 Places To Visit in Leh
shey palace
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Shey, 15 kilometres from Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, 194101, India
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

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Once the summer retreat of Namgyal dynasty in the 17th century, Shey Palace today lies in a mostly ruined state. Spread over three floors, the Palace attracts people from all across the globe, but not for itself, rather the Shey monastery housed within the palace complex and the glorious three-storied statue of Buddha.While the climb up the hillock is tough and literally breathtaking, but what awaits you at the summit is more than worth the exertion. Built in 1655 by Deldan Namgyal, Shey Palace was abandoned when the Dogras invaded the region in 1842. Deldan Namgyal also built the monastery within the palace's complex in memory of his late father Singay Namgyal. Known far and wide for the huge giant copper statue, 39 feet tall, of Shakyamuni Buddha gilded in gold, the statue is second largest in Ladakh after the one in Thiksey monastery, with the three levels of the monastery built around it. Some distance from the palace, about 400 meter, there is another shrine with a fairly large statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. Both, the main monastery and the small shrine, are decorated with murals that represent the 16 original disciples of Buddha, called Arhats and other renowned teachers of Buddhism. Both statues were sculpted by Sanga Zargar Wanduk, a Nepalese sculptor with other craftsmen assisting him. Next to the small shrine are two more shrines, tantric in origin. Shey Palace comes alive with devotional and spiritual energy during the festivals of Shey Doo Lhoo marking the sowing season held in the month of August, first month of Tibetan calendar, and Shey Rupia, marking the harvest season.

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