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At the Stok Palace near Leh; stay with the royal family, chat with the king & get the feeling of a home and not a soul-less hotel.
What Is It?
Stok Palace is an experiential stay in Stok area in the outskirts of Leh. It is the erstwhile summer palace of Ladakh’s former royal family offering a one of a kind experience in Ladakh. This summer home of the royal family of Ladakh was built by King Tsepal Namgyal in the year 1820. The Stok Palace was made open to public in the year 1980 and visitors come from all across the world.
What’s unique is the fact that here you get to stay with the King of Ladakh, JIGMET WANGCHOK NAMGYAL himself. Here you can be a part of the living culture with access to the private quarters of the family and interaction with the current king. He is a mine of knowledge on Ladakhi history, culture, heritage and photography.
The best part is that you can freely move around in the palace interacting with the King who willingly accompanies guests to his official chambers and family’s prayer room. Such a down to earth man!
Stay in the Queen Suite which is one of the most colourful suite on the property.
What’s In It?
There are 6 guest rooms in the Stok palace that have been carefully designed for a guest’s comfort. The entire palace preserves the traditional royal decor of the state of Ladakh. You are surrounded with breathtaking views here. Huge carvings and vibrant colours in the bedrooms take you through an imaginary experience.
Away from the urban world, Stok Palace is on a pristine natural landscape where you can relax in the calm atmosphere. As the sunlight enters through the slits of the windows, it transports you to a different world in itself.
You can also enjoy the fine dining experience with the King, prepared from the family kitchen products coming from the local market and village. Let your taste buds experience the flavours of pure Ladakhi, Tibetan and also Indian food here.
Also Read: The Curious Case of Ladakhi Food
The Palace also houses a museum that showcases family treasures, including queen’s ancient turquoise-and-gold encrusted crown is called Yub-Jhur. It also showcases a sword that the king’s Oracle managed to bend into a knot known as the Uri Geller–style.
A dance-mask festival is celebrated here annually and the palace also has a cafe.
Where: Stok Palace is situated at a height of 12000 ft ASL towards the Zanskar Range, on the other side of historic River Indus Locally known as Singey Sangpo and on the bed of Stok Kangri Peak. The distance between Leh and Stok is approximately 15 Kms.
Accommodation: 4 suites, 1 royal suite, 1 queen’s bedroom and three garden villas.
Tariff: Suites ₹17,250, royal suite ₹28,750, queen’s bedroom ₹34,500. All inclusive and on double occupancy. Heritage villas: ₹32,000 for four people all inclusive
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