A genuine challenge is to contain 'The Ladakh Experience' in a short yet all encompassing encounter. At Stok Palace, be prepared to be deeply stoked, gladly convinced and proclaim that this was the richest summary of the magic of Ladakh. High altitude heritage built in the 1830s, Stok Palace is beautifully preserved, stately on the outside and mysterious inside - its shaded corridors and courtyards leading you into startlingly colorful spaces Stoka Palace has just six suites - airy, bright and offer a stay that celebrates traditional heritage architecture and perk it up with creature comforts. At Stok Palace, be a part of the living culture with access to the private quarters of the family and interaction with the current king, who is a mine of knowledge on Ladakh history, culture, heritage and the art of photography.
The Palace is an iconic landmark and popular for its well preserved and curated museum but the real treat lies in being part of the living heritage at the palace – enthralling stories, fascinating secrets, visits from oracles all sum up as your romantic stay here. This high altitude heritage needs to be preserved and one has to see it to believe it!
Located Southwest of Leh, about 15 Kms from the city centre at the edge of a bucolic setting is the Stok Palace. Once the seat of power for the erstwhile Ladakh Royal Family, with the 34th generation of the family still in residence, the palace is the perfect location to process the remarkable natural, cultural and architectural heritage of Ladakh. A walk through the palace highlights the detailing and planning, elements like inter-linked courtyards, granaries, effective drainage system, carved and painted windows and balconies that stand out against the stark white exterior, outstanding organic dye art and murals, supported by courtiers homes - all an ideal heritage village project.
More recently the current owner, the king Jigmed Namgyal of the palace has painstaking completed the restoration of the palace using traditional methods and elements, many of which are a dying craft today. Six rooms in three categories have been restored; airy and bright, they all offer a stay that is comofrtable and olde world. Guests can freely move about the palace interacting with Jigmed who willingly accompanies guests to his official chambers and family’s prayer room. Dining options are plenty – from dining with the family in the private dining chamber to a cooking demo in the traditional open style kitchen to a romantic private dinner on the rampart that flaunts picture post card views; every experience is more exciting and kept very flexible and personalised.
A stay in Stok Palace is not the run-of-the-mill hotel experience. Rather, it is elegantly stylish and incomparably unique, representing the family’s friendly yet traditional hospitality. Intimate service by the family’s staff from the nearby Stok village are used to hosting family and dignitaries on a frequent basis. To fill your days are guided walks to the Stok village, trek to the Stok Kangri base, rafting, an evening with a historian or an out-of-the-ordinary special event, day visits to Leh, the hosts are personally involved in the experiences crafted for thier guests.
Alluring Ladakh, the land of passes – the more time one spends in this magical place, the more, nearly unceasingly, one finds to explore.
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Location is a bit far from the main city of Leh but not too far. The views are stunning in the night time as you seen the shadows of the moon on the mountains. Rooms were clean and hot, make sure to...
Nearest Airport : Leh -20 Km
Nearest Railway Station : NA
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