Sight seeing

Leh Palace

Leh Palace also known as ‘Lachen Palkhar’ is a former royal palace of the Leh Kingdom. Located on the hill of Leh Town. It is one of the biggest tourist attraction of Leh Town. The 16th century Palace, Leh Palace is also one of the tallest buildings of its time with nine stories and the top floors accommodated the royal family members and the lower floors held stables and store rooms. The palace provides spectacular views of Leh town and the surrounding areas,as the mountain of Stok Kangri in the Zanskar mountain range is visible across the Indus valley to the south, with the mountain range rising behind the palace is visible in the north. The Leh palace is now in a run-down condition being maintained and restored by the ‘Archaeological Survey of India’ The palace is open to the tourist

History

Tsewang Namgyal was the founder of Namgyal dynasty in Ladakh.The construction of the palace on the Tsemo Hill in 1553 was initiated by Tsewang Namgyal, The construction of this regal building was completed by his nephew Sengge Namgyal known as the 'Lion' King..Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, This nine-storeyed, dun-coloured palace is Leh's dominant structure. The palace was abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Leh in the mid 19th century and forced the royal family to move to Stok Palace. The now ruined palace is being repaired by the Archaeological Survey of India. Leh Palace Museum holds a rich collection of ornaments, jewellery, crowns ceremonial dresses and.paintings or Chinese thangka which are more than 450 years old, with intricate designs still retain the cheerful colours derived from crushed and powdered gems and stones. Structures around the Leh palace base include the prominent Namgyal Stupa, the colourfully muralled Chandazik Gompa and the 1430 Chamba Lhakhang, with medieval mural fragments located between the inner and outer walls.