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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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  • A good place to visit. Not too far from the city. Advise you to leave early morning if you are looking for any peace and quiet as it tends to get infested with tourists who do not care much to show an...  more »
  • This is a monastery which is very close to the Druk Padma school where the shooting of 3 idiots was done. It is a beautiful monastery surrounded with mountains all around.  more »
  • definitely worth a visit with a nice view of leh. It houses one of the largest statues of Buddha and is very close the the city.  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