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Leh Palace-History of Leh Kingdom

Leh palace, colloquially known as ‘Lhachen Palkhar’, it once proudly sheltered the King of Leh Kingdom. It’s unique architecture was built in the 17th century and was the tallest structure of 17th century with 9 storey structure. You will be left in a dilemma whether to enjoy the view of this spectacular palace or to savor the captivating view of the beautiful Ladakh mountain range. You will be besieged by beauty like never before.

The Leh Palace being built of stones, mud, sand and wood vouchsafes a perfect ambience which keeps the interior part cool in summers and reasonably warm in winters. An enchanting statue of Lord Buddha is seen sitting in deep peace and imbibing the vibes of the travelers. You will be astounded at the wide balconies and the tower at the top which is dedicated to the Ladakhi martyrs. This edifice also boasts of sheltering paintings that are 450 years old. Some of those paintings were also painted by paints that were derived from powdered gems. Sitting peacefully on the Namgyal hill, and bearing the torch of rich Tibetan architecture, continues to win the hearts of travelers, till date.

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Jammu & Kashmir, India
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Ticket / Cost / Expenses
Time people usually spend here:
2 hours
Altitude / Height:
11545 feet
Latitude / Longitude:
34.1658959°N, 77.5864069°E
Distance from Leh city center to Leh Palace
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Read traveller's reviews about Leh Palace..

Overall Rating:4

  '3' out of 5
"Not that worth.....It can be better but maintained worst.....Only view of leh city is gr8.....that you can also see from shanti stupa"
  '3' out of 5
"The view of the city and the mountains surrounding it is simply mesmerising and makes for a perfect place for landscape photography. The palace in itself isn't very interesting as all the rooms are empty and there is nothing notably interesting to see in the palace, barring the small monastery. Can be visited if you have enough time on your hands, but if you're packed and there for a shirt trip, there are much, much better places to visit in Ladakh. "
  '2' out of 5
"Interesting structures ranged around the palace’s base include the prominent Namgyal Stupa , the colourfully muralled Chandazik Gompa and the 1430 Chamba Lhakhang with medieval mural fragments between the inner and outer walls. Don't count on any of these being open."
  '5' out of 5
"Palace of king, simply awesome... top view of leh."
  '4' out of 5
"Provides a beautiful view of the city and the nearby ranges from the rooftops. Still well maintained after years of neglect. "

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Content of this page was last updated at Apr 15, 2017

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