The prominent Namgyal Stupa sits on the cliff edge at the base of Leh Palace, a slightly awkward scramble up from the Old Town area.
Till the 1950s this temple was Leh's main Buddhist place of public worship. These days getting in depends on finding a monk who has the...
This 17th-century shrine to Guru Rinpoche sits on the edge of the old-town ridge beneath the palace.
Old Town Cafe
Hidden in the shadows of Leh Palace, the historic Lonpo House has a 17th-century kitchen room that's a quiet getaway, ideal if you want...
Fresh-baked shirmal (bread rounds) are sold hot from photogenically traditional wood-fired tandoori bakeries on the Old Town alley...
Leh Palace information
Bearing a passing similarity to the Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet), this nine-storey dun-coloured palace is Leh's dominant structure and architectural icon. It took shape under 17th-century king Sengge Namgyal but has been essentially unoccupied since the Ladakhi royals were stripped of power and shuffled off to Stok in 1846. Today the sturdy walls enclose some exhibition spaces and a small prayer room, but the most enjoyable part of a visit is venturing up to the uppermost rooftops for the view.
Interesting structures ranged around the palace’s base include the prominent Namgyal Stupa , the colourfully muralled Chandazik Gompa and the 1430 Chamba Lhakhang with medieval mural fragments between the inner and outer walls. Don't count on any of these being open.