Shey Palace and Rancho School

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Shey palace used to be the summer residence of the royal family.When the Dogra forces overran the region they abandoned the palace and moved to Stok palace where they still reside. The palace complex is now in ruins. It lies right on the Manali Leh highway about 15 kms from Leh. You can visit it the day you plan to see the Thiksey Monastery.

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As the road winds up steeply towards the palace the first thing that catches your attention is the stupa complex by the side.

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You approach the steps and look up to a beautiful gateway.

As I reached the main gate I turned and looked out towards the sweeping Indus valley floor.I would be lucky if I could wake up to such a sight everyday right on my doorstep.

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The palace is mostly in ruins and no one lives there. The Shey monastery however is well kept. It houses a tall three storey golden Sakyamani Buddha.

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The walls of the Monastery are beautifully painted but they are showing signs of decay.

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As you go around the palace complex you can see broken ramparts a little higher up. It is believed to bear testimony to the war that vanquished the royal family.

Walk around the perimeter wall and enjoy the view around.

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The Shey palace lies close to the Shey village.This place was elevated from its obscurity when the movie 3 Idiots was released. The school shown towards the end is the Druk Padma Karpo School which is now famously known as Rancho School. It is a residential school which allows visitors to certain areas of the school premises so that the students are not disturbed.

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