Situated inside the premises of Shey Palace, Shey Monastery is one of the popular monasteries in Ladakh. The Shey Palace is situated some 16 kms from the Leh City and is en route Thiksey and Hemis monastery. The palace in which the monastery is located used to be the summer retreat of the royal family of Ladakh. Shey Monastery is believed to have been built in 1655 by Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his father, Singay Namgyal. The gompa is known for its colossal copper-gold gilded statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. This statue is reckoned to be the second largest Buddha statue in Ladakh.
Getting to Shey Monastery is easy from Leh. One has to hire a cab or bullet/other bike to reach the Shey Palace, which is on Delhi-Manali Road, some 16 kms from Leh City.
Witnessing the gold copper gilded statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and stupa. One should also also see the carvings on the rock-face of five Buddha in meditation.
The best obviously has to be during the two festivals of Shey Loo Doo and Shey Rupla. Apart from this, the months between July and September are ideal to visit Shey Monastery, when the weather remains is quite pleasant.