If your Leh plans finally do materialise (hey, no offence, we've been trying to make them happen since forever too), one of the places that you have to check out is Leh Palace. We'll admit that it's touristy and it's also relatively crowded, but the view from the rooftop of this palace is worth everything.
Built on the Tsemo Hill in 1553 (completed in 17th century), this nine-storeyed palace overlooks the entire town of Leh. It's where you can get picture-perfect views of the Stok Kangri and Zanskar mountain ranges.
Once upon a time, the royal family (Namgyal dynasty) inhabited the Leh Palace but was forced to move to the Stok Palace in the mid 19th century during the Dongra force's invasion. Due to various wars and the time factor, the palace is now in a dilapidated condition and is being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India.
While it might not be as mighty as it once was, the Leh Palace still deserves a spot on any traveller's itinerary. Apart from the view, one will also be impressed by the museum in the complex. It houses ancient relics of Buddha, old pictures, ceremonial dresses, crowns, artifacts and Chinese paintings that are over 450 years old. You will also find a statue of Lord Buddha within the palace premises.
Leh Palace is open from 7 AM - 4 PM on all days. Entry fee is set at INR 15 per person for Indian nationals and INR 100 per person for foreign nationals.