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Jammu and Kashmir came into being as a single political and geographical entity following the Treaty of Amristar between the British Government and Gulab singh signed on March 16, 1846. The Treaty handed over the control of the Kashmir State to the Dogra ruler of Jammu who had earlier annexed Ladakh.

Thus a new State comprising three distinct religions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh was formed with Maharaja Gulab Singh as its founder ruler. The feudal dispensation in the State, however, was too harsh for the people to live under and towards the end of a hundred years of this rule when their Indian brethren were fighting for independence from the British under the inspiring leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the Kashmiris led by a towering personality, the Sher-I-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, rose against the autocracy.

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Leh Palace
Location : Leh, Ladakh Region, J&K Architectural Style : Medieval Tibetan Architecture Historical Significance : Palace Of The 16th Century Ruler Sengee Namgayal Timing : 7.00 Am - 10.00 Am & 4.00 Pm - 6.00 Pm Lording It Over The Old Town From The Peak Of A Craggy Granite Ridge Is The Derelict Palace Of The 16th Century Ruler Sengge Namgyal. A Scaled Down Version Of The Potala In Lhasa, It Is A Textbook Example Of Medieval Tibetan Architecture, With Gigantic Sloping Buttressed Walls And Projecting Wooden Balconies That Tower Nine Storey Above The Surrounding Houses. Since The Ladakhi Royal Family Left The Palace In The 1940s, Damage Inflicted By 19th Century Kashmiri Cannons Has Caused Large Chunks Of It To Collapse. Bring A Flashlight, And Be Careful While Walking In Spite Of Restoration Work, Holes Gape In The Floors And Dark Staircases. Dukhar Temple Also Worth A Look As One Passes Is The Dukhar Temple On The Fourth Storey. The Gloomy Shrine, Whose Centrepiece Is A Thousand Armed Image Of The Goddess Tara, Houses Eerie Masks, Musical Instruments And Weapons - Props For The Recitals And Religious Ceremonies Once Held In The Courtyard Outside.
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