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Stok Palace, Leh Ladakh Overview

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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Stok Palace Museum

Inside the resplendent palace exists the Stock Palace Museum, which is home to precious artefacts and jewels of King Sengge Namgyal and his descendants which attracts a lot of historians and anthropologists. Ancient coins, royal seals, precious jewellery and photographs can be found preserved in this museum. Here one can also find the royal family’s collection of paintings of the Buddhist Deities which are over 400 years old. They are known as Thangkas and are very popular among the Buddhist community.

There is also a separate room with an assortment of guns, shields, swords, quivers and arrows which belonged to the royal family. The major highlight of the Stok Palace Museum is Yub-Jhur, which is the queen’s crown having 401 lumps of ancient turquoise, coral and golden nuggets along with other ancient jewels. Another ancient artefact is the king’s sword which was bent in a knot by the king’s oracle.

Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 

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Inside the Stok Palace

Stok Palace Heritage Hotel

Constructed as a four-storeyed building, the Stok Palace Heritage Hotel has shaded corridors and courtyards that lead a person into colourful spaces. Being located at the top of a valley, it offers a breathtaking view of the Indus River. The palace is established in such a way that it encloses low doorways and exuberant corridors which offers the simple luxury of a comfortable bed, well-furnished suites and hygienic bathrooms. The suites are located on different levels of the palace. There are 4 Standard Suite Rooms, the Royal Suite and the Queen’s Room. All the rooms in the palace are spacious and exude vibrant artefacts and photographs of the royalty.

Another striking feature of the Stok Palace Heritage Hotel is dining. The menu ranges from traditional cuisines of Ladakhi, Tibetan and Indian. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared in the Royal Old Kitchen of the hotel which acquaints a person with the traditional style of Ladakhi style of dining. 

How to Reach Stok Palace

Stok Palace is 15 km away from Leh and can be reached easily via cab service. One can also take a bus from any of the bus terminals operating in Leh. In both the cases, the time taken is 30-45 minutes.

Best Time to Visit

Stok Palace is best visited during June and September. However, it is always recommended that people visit the palace during the festival of Stok Guru Tsechu, a Tibetan festival which is celebrated for two days in the first month of the Tibetan Calendar.

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