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  • Jullay! Exploring the maze that is the Leh Palace!

    Minna Bansal
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  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    Location in heart of townEasy access
    One cannot miss the iconic, majestic Leh Palace during a visit to the district's capital. Visible from almost all parts of town, this is one of the first places I visited when I landed in Leh!
  • Leh
    Leh
    I was living in the less busy part of town, amongst fields and open lands. I started my walk down to the main town of Leh, walking through the winding lanes. The glimpses of traditional houses, locals saying jullay, and the occasional donkey made it a very pleasant walk!
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    Walking distance from most of LehShort easy climb
    Having been in Leh only for a few days, I was still acclimating to the high altitude. The climb to the palace was the first hike i was doing and it was a good place to start getting used to it. I walked up slowly, taking my own time, resting. Soon, I approached the palace!
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    Cheap entry ticket for IndiansWalk up slowly and enjoy the climb
    Actually physically being present in front of the structure was every bit as powerful as I had expected. The enormous 9 storey building loomed up in front of me - impressive and quite intimidating. I couldn't wait to go inside and explore!
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    Play of light in the interiors
    This beautiful building was made in the 16th century, modelled on the Potala Palace in Tibet. Constructed by King Senge Namgyal, it served as royal residence until an invasion caused the family to flee to Stok. I entered through the lower floor, which looked like a dark maze!
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    I wandered around the interiors, trying to imagine the activities that used to take place there hundreds of years ago. The upper floors were where the royal family lived while lower floors were stores and stables. Abandoned, many years ago, it is now being restored by government
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    I loved glancing out of the windows to look at the town below. The wooden details made beautiful silhouettes, framing panaromic views of the Zanskar range on one side and the Ladakh mountain range on the other. It must have been really special to live in such a place!
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    I could understand why the palace had been built on this location. From the top of the mountain, it was almost like you could see the whole of Ladakh. I took in the breathtaking view around me. I don't think I could ever get used to this beauty!
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    The town of old and new Leh stretched out below, the hues of dusty brown and bright blue sky complimenting each other like a painting. I was amazed to see how little green there was in the whole landscape, and it was obvious to see that most of Ladakh is a cold dry desert.
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    The rooms of the Palace were balanced by several courtyards, small and big, where gatherings and festivities used to take place. There were typical Tibetan features around, my favourite as always are the spinning prayer wheels!
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    Water water water!Sunhat and sunglasses!
    There were so many interesting architectural details that I observed in these courts. Thick massive earth and stone walls cast strong shadows. These shadows were the only place that offered some relief from the scorching sun shining above!
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    The breeze high up here on the hill was cool and chillier than expected. You can never really take off your jacket in Ladakh even when the sun is scorching! I stood for a tranquil moment watching palace flags fluttering against clear blue skies.
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    The ceilings of the palace were made of willow twigs and poplar tree beams. It was amazing to see this huge structure made entirely of natural materials, not a single speck of cement used. What a lesson to architects of today!
  • Leh Palace
    Leh Palace
    I walked through the several floors of the palace, and explored it for a long time. I could have spent much longer there, but it was time to leave. I started walking down and decided to explore some of the other gompas that were at the base of the Palace.
  • Soma Gompa
    Soma Gompa
    I spent a short while at Gompa Soma where I met the sweetest old Ladakhi man, who was the caretaker of the temple. He told me about the history of it, and I personally really enjoyed the myriad of colours in the architecture of the temple. What a satisfying day!
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    Leh

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