Leh Palace, known as ‘Lhachen Palkhar’ is one of the biggest attraction of Leh city. The former palace of Leh kingdom was one of the tallest buildings of its time. The construction of the Palace began in the 16th century and it was completed in the 17th century.The Leh Palace was built by Tsewang Namgyal, the founder of Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh on the Tsemo Hill in 1553. The construction was completed by the 17th century during the reign of Sengge Namgyal known as the ‘Lion’ King. The upper floors of the nine-storied palace were used for the residential purpose by the royal family, whereas the lower floors had storerooms and stables.
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The nine-storeyed building was built of stones, wood, mud and sand, the walls of the palace create a comfortable ambiance, it is cold in harsh summers and warm in the winter days. It is one of the finest examples of medieval Tibetan architecture. The palace provides spectacular views of Stok Kangri and the Ladakh mountain range as well as town and surroundings.Leh palace was not only a witness to severe wars but also faced the wrath as it handled serious damage.The palace is now in a dilapidated condition being maintained by the ‘Archaeological Survey of India’ (ASI).
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