Shey palace and monastery is a must-visit destination located near Leh city. The palace comes under archeological survey of India and mostly ruins now. It was constructed in 1650 by king Deldan Namgyal of Ladakh and was used as a summer retreat. The palace has the largest CHANGCHUP (Chorten stupa) in Ladakh, the top of which is made of pure gold. Later on, the king also constructed the Shey monastery in the memory of his father.
The Royal Palace and monastery built in the sixteenth century A.D. enshrines the DU-KHANG with the copper gilded statue of Lord Buddha rising to a height of three storeyed. Later on, the royal family of Ladakh shifted to Stok Palace in 1834. The three storeyed palaces has 7.5 meters statue of seated Sakyamuni Buddha made of copper and brass plated with gold silver and studded with gems and precious stones.
How to reach Shey palace
The nearest airport to Shey Palace is Leh Airport – Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, it is well connected with some of India's major airports. You can take a cab from the airport to your hotel in Leh and then plan a day trip to Shey monastery and other nearby attractions.
The nearby railway station to Leh is Jammu Tawi. To reach Leh, you can take a taxi from the railway station. After arriving in Leh, you can take a cab to the Shey monastery.
Shey Palace is connected with an excellent road network. During the summer months, the local buses and cabs function well in the Ladakh region. You can hire a cab and travel along the Leh-Manali Highway to Karu. The journey from Leh to the Shey monastery will take approximately 20-25 minutes.
Things to do in Shey palace
Shey is a popular destination for tourists in Ladakh on the Leh-Hemis route for sightseeing. It has stunning views and a couple of magnificent structures that can be seen.
Doing photography is an excellent activity which you can enjoy here. The environment and the location of the place are surrounded with numerous mesmerizing places where you can click photographs.
3. Attend annual festivals
The Sindhu Darshan festival, which honors the river Sindhu, is well worth attending.