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Shey Palace


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palace under renovation, not much to see inside but great views of the valley

The Shey palace is pretty impossible to miss when you are driving on the road out of Leh (towards Manali).

For me personally, the best part about visiting Shey is the expanded view of the valley and its villages. From one of the vantage points (a little up the hill above the palace) you can spot the Thiksey, Stakna, Matho and Spituk monasteries. Goes to show how important this vantage point is and it is no wonder that the ancient kings of Ladakh built their capital there.

You can spend a long time there, sitting on a rocky outcrop above the palace and admire the surroundings. I've taken many a wonderful picture from this location. Also there is a small trail leading up to the ruins at the top of the hill. The trail is narrow, steep and sometimes hard to find. I've tried going up to the top twice but turned back in the middle at both times. If you do attempt it, then please do it with care. I can imagine that the views from the top would be even more amazing.