Documentation of Leh Palace (Leh chen Palkhar) and the Old Castle, Namgyal Tsemo
The 17th century palace of Ladakh’s legendary king, Sengge Namgyal, towers over the modern town of Leh. Built lower down the hill atop of which rests the earlier 16th century citadel of Tashi Namgyal, the old Castle of Namgyal Tsemo, these two iconic structures form part of the most important historic precinct of Leh. In collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India and Chemday monastery, a research project commenced in 2021 to understand the historical, architectural, archaeological and cultural significance of these historic buildings, placing them in their larger natural landscape. Architectural survey and documentation alongwith historical research and a documentation of oral testimonies and folk songs is being undertaken. The research will guide the creation of future visitor interpretation at the palace and castle.