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 village was used to be the summer capital of Ladakh and the king took residence at the palace of Shey which, today, lays mostly in ruins. The views from the Monastery is beautiful. No Admission d...  more »
  • We had visited this ancient palace located on the Leh Manali highway during our sightseeing in Leh. From the parking lot, one has to walk on a inclined path to reach the entrance and then climb a stee...  more »
  • its not like some palace,just you get is a great view from this place,very calm to sit n ponder,it looks like a wallpaper,nearby is a river which is also well maintained.A must must visit place  more »
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  • The climb to Shey palace is a bit steep. It offers a great view of the surroundings. The Palace is in ruined state. There is a monastery adjacent to it having a 3 meter tall statue of Buddha.
  • This is not a monastery. This is a palace. This was the capital of ladakh during the time of king deldan Namgyal dynasty.
  • The architecture is very beautiful. The Budhha statue mesmerised us.. it cannot be captured in single frame...
  • Shey Palace and Gompha Monastery offers great view of Leh as usual. A must visit place.
  • Good place, calm and quiet. Superb views.

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