Overlooking the town of Leh, the astonishing structure of the Leh palace stands as a reminder of the rich history of the land. Constructed in the 17th century by Sengge Namgyal—the King of Ladak—the building is now converted into a museum. The palace is a huge construction with nine stories and is decorated with intricate stone carvings. But now much of it is destroyed. The large collection of royal jewelry, crowns, ornaments, dresses, and so on in the museum will give you an idea of the opulent life of the rulers 4 centuries ago. The most attractive of the collections is the Chinese Paintings. Though more than 450 years old, the art retains the bright colors as it is made by using powdered gems and stones. Namgyal Stupa, Chandazik Gompa, and 1430 Chamba Lhakhang are located here.
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