Location: Leh houses a plethora of ancient architectural structures and Shey Monastery is one such majestic Buddhist shrine or Gompa located on a hillock in the pretty Shey village. It is located just 15 km away from the main town of Leh in upper Indus valley.
Description: Shey Monastery got its name from the beautiful village of Shey, where it is presently located. Built by the King of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, Shey Monastery was once a summer retreat for Ladakh rulers. It was constructed in the memory of his father, Singay Namgyal within the Shey Palace. The serene and austere shrine is renowned for its statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in a seated position. Second largest figure in Ladakh, the notable statue is carved from precious metals, like copper and gold. Due to great elevation of this shrine, which is about 11,204 ft above the sea level, spectators can view the mesmerizing Zanskar hill range and catch amazing sights of Indus River. Besides picturesque scenery, another thing you will like here is the pleasant whether that will fill your journey with calmness and tranquility.
Activities: The best way to reach this monastery is by cycling. So drive your bikes in this hilly region and also visit the nearby places like famous Thiksey Gompa and Stok Palace.