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Shey Monastery in Ladakh

The Shey Monastery is one of the most revered Buddhist learning centers in the valley of Ladakh. This renowned monastery was built in the mid of the 17th century by King Deldon Namgyal in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal. It is situated 15 km from the town of Leh on a hillock. And it is counted among the top monasteries in Ladakh. 

Being served as a royal residence for a long time, the Shey Monastery still holds glimpses of the ancient rule. Once a seat of Ladakh kings, the Shey monastery today is noted for its giant gilded copper statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. Besides housing a huge Buddha statue in its vicinity, the monastery also boasts of two Tantric shrines, consisting of a vast gallery of rock arts.

As one makes his way to the different sections of Shey monastery, several Tibetan artworks like wall paintings, murals of Lord Buddha, and manuscripts are likely to captivate his imagination. One of the best times to visit the Shey monastery is during its festivals. The renowned monastery celebrates two festivals every year. One is the Metuka festival, which takes place in July, and the other one is Shey Shublas in August.  

You can make your Ladakh tour more exciting by covering these beautiful monasteries. However, a tour package will give you a smooth travel experience. You can get it through our well-designed tour packages of Ladakh. So contact our tour experts and book your holiday for this high-pass land of India.