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Visit Leh Palace

Also known as ‘Lhachen Palkhar’, the Leh Palace was constructed by Dharmaraja Singey Namgyal in 1600. It served as the residence of the Namgyal dynasty until the mid 19th century, after which the royal family permanently shifted to Stok in 1846. A 9-storey regal edifice, it is almost in ruins now, but still showcases the rich history of Ladakh. 

Also known as ‘Lhachen Palkhar’, the Leh Palace was constructed by Dharmaraja Singey Namgyal in 1600. It served as the residence of the Namgyal dynasty until the mid 19th century, after which the royal family permanently shifted to Stok in 1846. A 9-storey regal edifice, it is almost in ruins now, but still showcases the rich history of Ladakh. Its architecture is similar to the Potala Palace of Tibet featuring wooden balconies and massive walls.

The palace has a museum that boasts of rich collection of :

  • jewellery
  • Chinese Thangkas (some of which are over 450 years old)
  • ceremonial dresses
  • crowns
Presently, the palace is managed by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). Apart from history buffs, the palace attracts photography enthusiasts as it offers breathtaking views of surrounding valley and snow-capped peaks.

Few pointers for visitors:
  • The palace is open all days of the week from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Entrance Fee: Rs. 15 for Indians & Rs. 100 for foreigners.

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Quick Info

  • Attractions

    Trekking, Scenic
  • Altitude

    3500 m
  • STD Code

    01982
  • Best Season

    Jun - Sep
  • State/Code

    Leh/194401
  • LANGUAGES

    Hindi and English

Leh by Bus