Trip Planner:   Asia  /  India  /  Jammu and Kashmir  /  Ladakh  /  Leh  /  Sightseeing  /  Shey Monastery

Shey Monastery, Leh

(150+ reviews on the web)
Monument
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.
To visit Shey Monastery on your trip to Leh, use our Leh vacation trip planner.
Source
Create a full Leh itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Leh

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Leh by other users

5 days in Ladakh BY A USER FROM INDIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in India BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH June, culture, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 56 days in Asia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in India & Nepal BY A USER FROM INDONESIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in South Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Ladakh BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in North India BY A USER FROM GERMANY October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Asia BY A USER FROM SAINT MARTIN October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Ladakh BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in India BY A USER FROM DENMARK July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in North India BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Ladakh BY A USER FROM INDIA August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • A monastery to visit, authentic values, great scenery around the Valley and especially on wet area that lies beneath.
    View original
  • U will definitely love the monestary it is about 15 min from leh. It was very clean and tidy It was peaceful tooo  more »
  • Just a few kms frm the main part of Leh you could reach here in abt 15 - 20 mins . Its on the way to Thiksey Monastry and you could stop here for sometime. The Monastry itself isn't that great but the...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • The Shey Monastery or Gompa and the Shey Palace complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey, 15 kilometres to the south of Leh in Ladakh, northern India on the Leh-Manali road💼. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past🔮@
  • A quite place..gives you peace of mind..
  • This place reflects the wide culture of Leh. View from the top is exhilarating. Majestic place!
  • Best place of leh