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Leh Palace in Leh

·  Summer: June- September  (20°C - 30°C)
·  Winter: October –May (15°C to -10°C)
   Monsoon: July-November    

Best time to visit:  June-September

Opening Time: 7:00 am.
Closing Time: 7:00 am.
Weekly Holiday: N/A

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 15
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Situated in the pretty town of Leh, overlooking the Himalayas, Leh Palace is a former royal palace. Designed on the Potala Palace in Tibet and built by King Sengge Namgyal, this palace dates back to the 17th century. It is an impressive nine storey structure where the upper floors were used as accommodation for the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and store rooms.

When Ladakh was invaded by the Dogra forces in the 19th century, the palace was abandoned by the royal family which shifted to Stok Palace. The palace has been in a state of ruin and is now being refurbished and restored by the Archaeological Survey of India.

The palace offers majestic views of Leh, the mountain of Stok Kangri in the Zangskar mountain range and Ladakh mountain range. The museum attached to the palace has a rare collection of jewellery, ornaments, crowns and ceremonial dresses. The Chinese thangka or sooth paintings, dating back to over 450 years made from gems and stones, is another attraction.

The palace is open to the public.

Road: Leh palace can be accessed from the Main Bazaar via Jama Masjid or via the Zangsti Road. Taxis and buses are available.

Railway: There are no rail heads nearby and the nearest railway station to Leh Palace is Baijnath mandir railway station Junction which is 252 km. away from the Leh

Airway: The nearest airport is Leh air force base airport, which is 5 km. away from Leh Palace.