Also referred to as the Lhachen Palkhar, Leh Palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal during the 1500s and completed by the 17th century. Its facade resembles that of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Leh Palace's roof offers amazing views of the Ladakh region and the Stok Kangri. With huge walls and wooden balconies, it is a great example of medieval Tibetan architecture and boasts nine storeys. The palace entrance is decorated with wooden carved figurines.

The upper floors were used for royal residential purposes while the lower floors were utilised as storerooms and stables. Some of the interesting features of the palace include the Namgyal Stupa, the mural-filled Chandazik Gompa and the Chamba Lhakhang Temple carrying medieval mural fragments. The museum within the palace carries artefacts that are more than 450 years old. The Archaeological Survey of India is currently working to preserve the heritage of the Leh Palace.

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