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.
Shey 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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  • Shey Gonpa is near Leh city and is a very beautiful monastery . The Sindhu Darshan Ghats are also near Shey . It’s a very beautiful and a must visit place  more »
  • Shey Gompa Is Situated Near To Leh Town. Shey gompa is 14 Or 15 km Far. I Visited Shey Gompa With My Brothers. It Was Good Experience For us. Inside the monastery one of the good temple of Buddha bhag...  more »
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  • Must visit Easy to access since touching to the road, you can cover it on the way, no separate planning needed. Beautiful palace, nice views of Leh from top. Toilets are not clean, so as suggested previously while on the trip to Leh do not forget to carry a portable toilet tent.
  • Beautiful place to visit in Leh.. can enjoy the mesmerizing views of Leh city from here ... Peaceful place to meditate inside the hall. Beautiful Buddha statue inside the temple will make you stunned! Monks here are so cool and conversation with them will make your heart eased...
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