Leh Palace is a former Royal Palace. It was constructed in the year 1553 and completed in the 17th century. Sengge Namgyal built Leh Palace. This Royal Palace is the heart of Leh city and can be seen from anywhere around the city.Hence, this palace is nine floors high, the top floors held the royal family, while the lower floors held storerooms.
Description of Leh Palace
Leh Palace is a beautiful palace which was initiated by Tsewang Namgyal. It was completed by Sengge Namgyal, both from the Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh in the 16th century. Moreover, The palace is nine floors high, the top floors held the royal family while the lower floors held stables and storerooms. Thus, this palace was deserted when Dogra forces took control of Leh, Ladakh and forced the royal family to move to Stok Palace. But the Archaeological Survey of India restored it. Also a rich collection of ornaments, ceremonial dresses, crown, and jewelry.
This place provides panoramic views of Leh as well as the surrounding areas. The mountain of Stok Kangri in the Zangskar mountain range is visible across the Indus valley to the south, with the Ladakh mountain range rising behind the palace to the north.
However, the majestic building with the museum holding over 450 years old artifacts in the midst of the mountains that provide breathtaking views of the snow-clad mountains ranges attracts tourists to this palace.
-How to reach
*Srinagar is the nearest major city from Leh. The distance between the two is 418 km.
*Airway is the best mode of transportation and Leh had Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport.
*Railways is not yet available in Leh Ladakh, the closest railway is located 700 km away in Jammu city.
Q-Is Leh Palace open on Sunday?
A-It is open on Sunday Timing is 8am-5pm.
The construction of the palace on Tsemo Hill was initiated by Tsewang Namgyal, the founder of the Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh in 1553 and was completed by his nephew Sengge Namgyal.