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“Palace under renovation, not much to see inside but great views of the valley from this place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shey Monastery

Shey Monastery
Indus River, Leh, India
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Ranked #24 of 44 Attractions in Leh
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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“Palace under renovation, not much to see inside but great views of the valley from this place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Located 15km to the south of Leh on the Leh-Manali highway is the Shey Palace. The 3 storey palace is perched on a hillock overlooking the beautiful Shey village. 'Shey' loosely translated into Ladakhi means mirror (or maybe reflection) and it is the reflection of the palace on the still waters of the lake below which gave origins to its name.

The palace, mostly in ruins now, was built first in 1655, near Shey village, by the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.

Shey is located on the road from Leh to Thikse Monastery. A large number of monasteries, stupas and rock carvings can be seen on this road. It can be approached by trekking 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from Thiksey and the path is known as: "for having Ladakh’s biggest chorten fields with hundreds of whitewashed shrines of varying sizes scattered across the desert landscape

Be careful if u travel now as the restoration work is going on. If you have seen Thiksy and Hemis and u don't have time you can skip this place.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice views but steep climb”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

There is a very steep climb up to reach this monastery. The views are nice. However there is not much in the interiors. Certainly not on the must-see list.

Visited August 2013
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“A tickbox”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

this is just like any other monastry. Although the fish ponds outside are fun. See if you must see another monastry , otherwise , if you have seen thiksay , and Hemis, you should be done.

Visited August 2013
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“High climb”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

A huge climb .Leh is the land of monasteries. All of them to me look the same. The better ones are that of Hemis and Alchi. Others can be avoided.

Visited August 2013
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“Amazing view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

The shey palace will come on your way to hemis monastery.. But this place is amazing! As you climb up to what might look as ruins of a palace.. The interiors are well maintained and visited by many local followers.. The view is absolutely amazing from the shey palace/ monastrey as you can see almost the entire city of leh. There are rugged mountains on the backdrop which will take your breath away.. A must visit for all the photography enthusiasts.. There is a souvenier stall right at the entrance of the palace that is governed by the army where you can buy some convinient things :)
An amazing place overall

Visited July 2013
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