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Shey is a small rural village that was once the ancient capital of Ladakh, India. It is 15 km south-east of the present busy capital, Leh. The village is surrounded by spectacular mountains, a breathtaking view by day, and a great place to experience Ladakh.

View of Shey; the palace is at the top


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Shey Gompa (monastery), and the mountains beyond
  • 1 Indus River. is only 10 minutes away. Indus River (Q7348) on Wikidata Indus River on Wikipedia
  • 2 Shey Palace and Monastery. is a 500 m walk. The climb up to Old Shey Palace will be rewarded with a fantastic view of one of the most beautiful landscapes of Ladakh. Shey Monastery (Q4521832) on Wikidata Shey Monastery on Wikipedia
  • 3 Thikse Monastery (Thiksay Gompa). is about 4 km down the road towards the famous Hemis Monastery. The monasteries Stakna, Stok and Matho as well as Indus River are in visual range. Thikse Monastery (Q867066) on Wikidata Thikse Monastery on Wikipedia







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  • Leh – Getting to Leh is very easy and a great chance to experience the Ladakhi transportation system. Just stand by the main road and wave your hand if you see a small Suzuki van. The ride to Leh takes about 20 minutes and costs ₹20.
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