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Ancient Palace Leh

Ancient Palace Leh


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Built on the ridge of Tsemo Hill, Ancient Palace, in Leh also known as Lhachen Palkhar is an architectural wonder and regarded as an engineering achievement of the second dynasty of Ladakhi rulers. Built in the Tibetan architectural style with locally available materials like stones, sun dried mud bricks, wood of poplar, juniper and willow, the Ancient Palace is one of the most well-known buildings of the town.

History of Ancient Palace, Leh:
According to oral tradition, the Ancient palace has quite an interesting history behind it. The site of the palace was chosen by King Jamyang Namgyal and was completed in three years during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal in 1630. Noted for its slanting wall with banded texture on stone, it was built by a Balti Muslim designer named Chandan Ali Singge also known as Shinkan Chandan. Occupied until the Dogra invasion (1834-40), the palace was left abandoned after the royal family moved to Stok Palace.

Ancient Palace main attraction:
The bigger rooms and corridors of the palace have been converted into exhibition halls along with murals which adorn the dilapidated walls of the Ancient Palace, and serve as the main attraction for the Ancient Palace. Among the main attractions, is the famous Victory Tower that commemorates the fight put up by the Ladakhi soldiers against the Balti Kashmiri soldiers in the 16th century which ended with the Ladakhi soldiers winning.

Best time to visit the Ancient Palace:
The best time to visit the Ancient Palace is during the summers from April to September as the trek up the hills provides a picturesque journey to the traveller. The opening hours of the Palace is from 7.00 AM till 4.00 PM. The entry fees per person for the Palace for Indian citizens is Rs. 15/- and for foreigner nationals is Rs. 100/-.

How to reach:
By Road -
Buses operated by J&K State Road Transport Corporation ply from Srinagar to Leh along with cars and jeeps, which can be hired to reach the Ancient Palace. Tourists can also use the buses operated by Himachal Pradesh (HRTC). Most tourists do not prefer railways as the closest railway stations are Chandigarh and Pathankot after which they have to take a 3-day bus journey to reach Leh.

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • Visitor shall be required to show an original photo identity proof at the entry to the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
  • This monument is a Non Smoking zone.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Refund policy later for any transaction is not permitted as per the guidelines of the Archaeological Survey Of India so refund for any transaction under any circumstances won't be possible.