Photographer's Note

The Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh was founded in 16th century and still survives to this day. The reign of Namgyal rulers is marked by construction and renovation some of the most notable buildings in the region.

The picture captures roof top of the 9 storied Leh Palace built by Sengge Namgyal. The other two features at the top right edge of the picture are Tsemo Castle and Namgyal Tsemo Gompa (Monastery) built by Tashi Namgyal, Sengge’s great grandfather.

The structures situated high on the hill top of the north-east edge of the city have become iconic landmarks and are visible from most parts of the city.

Less than an hour of day light was remaining when we reached Leh Palace. Walls were casting long shadows in the evening sun. Most of the visitors had already left. In the loneliness there was only Namgyal heritage, made up of mud and stone, withering in time but still overlooking the city as it has done for past five hundred years.

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