The Namgyal Tsemo Hill in Leh holds both – the Leh Palace and the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa. Sprawling upward across a major expanse of the Namgyal hill in Leh are the Palace fort and the Monastery. Occupying a majority of the hill is the nine-storeyed Leh Palace. Behind the Leh Palace, stands the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa on a crest of its own collaging the entire stretch of the city of Leh.
What makes this Gompa unique is the three-storey high solid gold towering idol of Buddha that is houses. Also on stand are the one-storey high statues of Avaloketesvara and Manjushri. The walls adorn old frescos and on display are ancient handwritten scrolls. A prominent place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, the Namgyal Gompa makes an interesting tourist spot as well.
Visiting hours are during mornings and evenings when a monk from the Sankara Gompa which is situated at the foothill of the same hill, walks up to the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and ceremoniously lights lamps filled with butter in front of the Buddha idol.