Places to stay near Shey Palace
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The last destination of the day was Shey Palace. The monastery here was more rugged and you can call it off beat due to the less people visiting here. It indeed is a nice construction example.
Outside Shey palace , we met some ducks and sparrows :)Visit to Rancho's school-
15 km south of Leh in the upper Indus valley, on a course hillock, stood the historic Shey Palace. Shey used to be the summer capital of Ladakh in its heyday. Built in 1655 by Deldan Namgyal, the king of Ladakh, the palace was used as a summer retreat by the royalty. When the Namgyals were attacked by the Dogras of Jammu in 1842, they fled to Stok, where the new palace is situated. The gompa at Shey houses a giant statue of Buddha made from copper and gold. The interiors of the temple feature elaborate wall paintings depicting scenes from Buddhist mythology. Outside the palace, we bought a carved, antique teapot made of brass from a street vendor. We also got a couple of prayer flags - strings of colorful rectangular cloth with Buddhist mantras printed on them. They are hung up in windy areas so that the blessings would blow with the wind into the surrounding space, spreading peace, compassion and wisdom to all. The prayer flag comes in five colors arranged from left to right in the following order - blue (sky), white (air), red (fire), green (water) and yellow (earth). The balance of these elements is believed to bring health and harmony.
The Shey monastery and the Shey palace complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey, 15 km to the south of Leh 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.
This monastery and palace complex is situated at a hill near Leh. There is a massive Buddha statue in the building and the surroundings were very peaceful to witness. After visiting Thiksey and Shey, we went to Leh Market for lunch and some shopping. It was raining in the afternoon but the weather cleared by evening.
The view from here is soothing.
Shey Palace had a lovely view and good structures to see with a temple of Lord Buddha. You can see the mud walls’ structures with which the palace is made of and is a common sight in and around Leh.