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Shey Monastery

, Leh

  (part of Ladakh region)

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Shey Monastery, an erstwhile Royal residence up to 16th century, is located at a small village Shey near Leh on the banks of Indus River and is managed by Buddhists Monks from Hemis Monastery. Lhachen Palgyigon, the first King of Ladakh built this Monastery. The building is placed on a ridge similar to a knife edge and the approach to the monastery is decorated with many stupas and shrines.

The prime attraction of the monastery is the blue haired Maitreya Buddha of 17.5 m high, which is made with copper and brass and also decorated beautifully with studs of precious stones. Guarding deities, paintings showcasing Buddhist preaching and Tibetan style stone carvings are very attractive.

Located around 15 km from Leh, tourists can reach there by bikes. Besides, bicycling is also a good option. Thiksey Gompa and Stok Palace are few adjoining attractions that can be visited.
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7 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 6 pm


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Leh - City of Gompas

  by Akshay Balraj  on Jan 11, 2010
Leh: A place where adventure and religion combine to give you an amazing experience. The Gompas situated here are a wonder to your eyes and the adventure activities here is sure to get your adrenalin flowing!
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