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Shey Monastery, Leh

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The Shey Monastery or Gompa and the Shey Palace complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey, 15km to the south of Leh in Ladakh, northern India on the Leh-Manali road. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past.The palace, mostly in ruins now, was built first in 1655, near Shey village, by the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.The Shey Monastery was also built in 1655 on the instructions of Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal, within the palace complex. The monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakyamuni Buddha is so named since Buddha was the sage (muni) of the Sakya people who resided in the Himalayan foothills and their capital was Kapilvastu. It is said to be the second largest such statue in Ladakh.HistoryShey was the old capital of the upper Ladakh region. When the Dogras of Jammu invaded Ladakh in 1842, the Namgyals abandoned the palace and fled to Stok (they made it their permanent residence) on the opposite side of the Indus River. It is conjectured that the fort found in ruins, not dated, above the present palace at Shey, belonged to this period of invasion. Subsequently when the political dictates necessitated shifting of the capital to Leh, even then the importance of Shey continued since it was a mandatory requirement of the Namgyal kings to father their heir apparent here.
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  • Shey Monastery is not must visit kind of Monastery as there are several other beautiful ones. It has different infrastructure and gives a beautiful view from atop  more »
  • This is not that great monastery to watch but the culture is so intact in here, if have time then can be visited. Very good view of let from Top of here.  more »
  • This Monastery was good and infrastructure was different and you can get very nice views for your photographs. The main attraction of this monastery was three story statue of Buddha which was indeed a...  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous. The Gompa or monastery inside is has beautiful statues of Gautam Buddha
  • Beautiful Old palace, pretty well maintained, great views from here
  • Its Historic importance and serenity is awesome ! 🙏🌹
  • I visited here 3 to 5 times. This gompa is near the city and a bit comfortable place to access and relax. You can reach here local mini bus.
  • Visit this monastery either to experience sunrise or sunset over leh

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With all its history, architecture, and scenery, you won't be surprised to learn that Leh possesses plenty of accommodations. A number of hotels with standard rooms sit on the fringes of the old town area, while a few more exclusive options lie a little farther out, occupying scenic positions with views of the town and the mountains. Take a look at the northern suburbs for some of the most budget-friendly options, with the agricultural districts of Changspa and Karzoo offering a wealth of guesthouses surrounded by scenic agricultural fields.
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