The summer home of the royal family of Ladakh, Stok Palace is one of the major attractions in Leh. Built-in 1820 by King Tsepal Namgyal, the place encapsulates and reflects the rich history and lifestyle of the royal family. It is situated amidst the valley of Singey Sangpo which is popularly known as Indus River. The architecture of Stok Palace is a fine meld of the traditional and the contemporary architectural styles. Comprising of beautiful gardens as well as a library that houses 108 volumes of the Kangyur (collection of teachings of Lord Buddha), the palace is amongst the must-visit places in Ladakh.
The museum rooms in the palace also showcase family treasures, including queen’s ancient turquoise-and-gold encrusted crown, which is called Yub-Jhur and a sword that the king’s Oracle managed to bend into a knot known as the Uri Geller–style. Stok palace still remains the summer home for the royal family. Annually a dance-mask festival is celebrated here in which local participants in a large number. The palace has now been turned into a heritage hotel and has six guest rooms and a cafe.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Stok Palace is during the Stok Guru Tsechu, when one can witness the interesting Cham Masked Dance. Apart from it, the palace can be visited anytime between June and September.
Open and Closing Time
Timing: All days of the week
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Entry Fee: 50 per person
Near By Attraction
Hotels available near Stok Palace
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Interesting facts aboutStok Palace
Built entirely by the Ladakhi craftsmen in 1820, the Stok Palace still continues to be a snug abode for the Namgyal dynasty. The Namgyal dynasty traces its origin to its founder –Lhachen Palgygon as early as the 10th century. You are entering a historical property and the Palace stands 195 years old. The Stok Palace was opened to the public in 1980 with blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and since it’s been over a decade and visitors continues to pour from all over the World. It encapsulates and reflects the lifestyle and history of Royalties set in the midst of the valley of Singey Sangpo which is known more popularly as Indus River.
One can book a stay here and have a royal staying experience. Apart from it, those who cannot afford to stay in the palace can visit here to see the beautiful architecture along with the well kept small museum.
The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire and car hire are available at Stok Palace Heritage.