Leh Palace

Leh Palace

Leh Palace is one of the most fascinating architectural ruins that still attracts the visitors to Ladakh. Due to its location at the edge of the Namgya hill, it catch the attention of the tourists more than anything else. It has a certain kind of mystery. It overlooks the Himalayan town to Leh. It was built on the lines of the Potala Palace in Tibet.

Leh Palace was built in 17th century for the king Sengge Namgyal as the residential palace. It was the home of the royal family that was residing here earlier and now lives in the Stok Palace. The Leh palace encloses nine stories, the upper floor comprises the royal family whereas the lower floors accommodated stables and store rooms but now palace is abandoned. The palace was in a state of ruin after the royal family deserted the palace. Today the Leh Palace is taking care by the Archaeological Survey of India, which was sold by royal family. There is a famous victory tower just right above the palace which was constructing in the memory of the triumphant brave Ladakhi soldiers who fought the combating armies of Balti Kashmiris in the early 16th century. It feels superior to exploring the palace from inside.

There is a museum in the palace in which some Thangkas and paintings are displayed. You can view the whole town from the roof of the Leh palace. The palace provides wonderful views of the mountain of Stok Kangri and some part of the Zankar Mountain across the Indus Valley. You can also enjoy the views of the snow capped mountains and landscape.