16 km southeast of Leh, on the road to Thiksey.

Former summer capital of Ladakh, the Shey Palace (Naropa Palace) was built in 1665 by the King of Ladakh on top of a small hill. It looks like a miniature Potala (✆ +91 1982 252 297, open from the end of April to October, from 8am to 7pm, entrance: 20 Rs). Preceded by several small chörtens, the main monastery contains a large gilded copper Buddha statue dating from the 17th century. From up there, the view over the valley is superb. Down below, you will see a pool sacred to the Buddhists. On clear days, the palace is reflected on the water.

At the foot of the palace is a small open-air restaurant and stalls of Tibetan handicrafts. Indian tourists also flock to visit the Druk White Lotus School, the location of the film 3 Idiots.

Access: Buses from Leh to Thiksey stop at Shey (about 20 minutes ride, Rs 20).

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