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Located around 15km from Leh, in the Stok village, is the Stok Palace, summer home to the royal family of Ladakh and descendants of King Sengge Namgyal. It was established in 1820 by King Tsepal Namgyal and is a memoir of the rich history and the lifestyle of the royal family and its descendants. It comprises of the famous Stok Monastery, beautiful gardens and also prides in housing a huge library which contains 108 volumes of Kangur, which is a collection of the teachings of Lord Buddha. While still being the home to the royal family, the Stok Palace has been converted into a heritage hotel people to come and experience a royal stay in the memoir of the historically rich dynasty.
Situated amidst the river valley of Singey Tsangpo, which is popularly known as the Indus River, it is a meld of traditional and contemporary architectural styles of the royal palace. Curiosity builds further in the minds of the people when they visit the Stok Palace. It is a museum to the royal family’s treasure which includes Yub-Jhur, which is the queen’s ancient turquoise and gold encrusted crown. It also comprises the king’s sword which was bent in a knot by the king’s oracle, among many jewels and the family’s prized possessions.
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