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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, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) to the south of Leh in Ladakh, northern India on the Leh-Manali road. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past. It contains a huge shahyamuni buddha statue. It is the second largest buddha statue in Jammu and Kashmir.
The original palace, now in ruins, was built near the Shey village by Lhachen Palgyigon, the king of Ladakh (then called Maryul), in the 10th century. The Moghul noble Mirza Haidar Dughlat stayed here during his invasion of Ladakh in the 16th century.
The current Shey Palace and Monastery was also built in 1655 on the instructions of Deldan Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Sengge Namgyal, below the first palace. 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.
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  • Shey the bus driver was the best ever I can't wait to come back to take the tour again he was very funny with the Greatest sense of humor it was my Leap year Birthday Shey added more Joy to my...  more »
  • The views! The peace! The silence! We were there on a day of clear blue sky. The buildings are amazing. There are stairs and you are at altitude.  more »
  • 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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