Built by the rulers of the Namgyal Dynasty, this palace, which still belongs to the Namgyal family, reflects a royal lifestyle. It has numerous intriguing features including spatial planning with access passages, royal apartments, a prayer chamber arranged around multi-level interlinked courtyards, decorative balconies at the upper levels of the five storied main building, support and service space, an entry courtyard, yabkhor (veranda) and a lhakchung (temple) on the upper floor. The stupas and main walls also attest to the palace’s cultural significance. Experience one of the palace’s six heritage rooms situated on different levels. There are four Standard Suite Rooms, The Royal Suite and The Queen’s Room available from 15 May to 15 October. Otherwise, enjoy one of the three villas located in the apricot orchard, a five minute walk from the palace that are open from 15 February to 30 November.
This beautiful suite transports you to a different era with its various artefacts. The space is a mix of pastel shades, traditional wood, and mud-brick. It has a dressing area, and bedroom with a sitting area. The private wooden balcony looks out onto the front courtyard, dominated by a large tarchen (a flagpole that is commonly found in front of Tibetan Buddhist homes), which signifies that the household contains all the main Mahay¬ana sutras as well as the Prajnaparamita manuscript. The suite can accommodate up to three persons.
The walls of this suite are lined with 200 year-old fresco murals, and traditional tapestry and fabrics. A separate living room opens up onto a private wooden balcony that offers expansive views of the Indus Valley. This room can accommodate up to three persons.
Located in different parts of the palace these suites capture the essence of Ladakhi simplicity. Some have balconies whereas others are more spacious. Each suite can only accommodate two persons and one child.
Set amid an old apricot orchard (chulli in Ladakhi) with walnut and willow trees, these villas are very private. Each was built by hand using wood and mud as primary materials. Comprising two bedrooms and a kitchenette, they have natural light and open up onto a sitting area with views of the orchards. The villas can be used throughout the year.. The bath and powder room feature modern amenities. Each villa can accommodate up to four persons.
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Hotel Facilities & Highlights
Rural Ladakh: Visit some villages scattered all over the high landscapes. Some are well-connected, yet others are isolated from the rest of the world, tucked away into the folds of the Himalayan terrain. Each village is a thriving hub of activity and life.
Wildlife: Snow leopard expeditions to the Hemis National Park and expeditions to the Changthang wildlife sanctuary can be arranged. Look out for Tibetan wolves, the endangered Eurasian Brown Bears, Red Foxes, Argali (Tibetan Sheep), Bharal (Blue Sheep), Golden Eagles, Lammergeier Vultures, Himalayan Griffon Vultures, and Himalayan Snowcocks.
The Palace Museum: he Stok Palace Museum houses an intriguing collection of precious artefacts and relics related to Ladakh's old monarchy: the royal family’s collection of thangkas (some over 400 years old) ancient coins, royal seals, regal costumes, precious jewelry, photographs, swords, shields, bows, arrows, quivers and guns. The highlight of the collection is probably the Queen’s ancient yub-jhur (a head piece encrusted with 401 lumps of uncut turquoise, coral, gold nuggets)
The Lhakchung: The upper-most floor of the palace houses a Buddhist temple where the resident monk performs daily prayers and rituals: morning and evening prayers have an enchanting effect on the audience. The monk also makes sacred amulets, usually containing a hand written prayer on a piece of cloth or paper folded and either sewn into a piece of hand-woven tapestry or bound by different colored sacred threads that bind the paper in a pattern as per the amulet’s purpose.
Mr. Jigmed Wangchuk Namgyal
Your Host & The Team
“My idea was to sustain the palace and create awareness amongst the community to show them that it can be preserved. I had the urge to protect the very tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Ladakh, which is important since it is nestled in heart of the Trans Himalayas. So, in 2007 I began to convert my property into a Heritage Hotel. It was a very humble beginning with just one room to begin with. Now, we have six well-appointed rooms, which blend in with the palace’s architecture.”
“Located just south of Leh at 3,500m above sea level, this palace was built in 1820 by Ladakhi craftsmen for the royal family of Ladakh. Today, it has been restored into a six-suite boutique hotel (only open during spring and summer). The three additional villas in the orchard are open all year long.”
Kim, the discoverer.
Total number of rooms: 9 rooms
The Palace is closed from 15 October to 14 May Chulli Bagh Villas are closed from 1 December to 14 February
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Taxi can be arranged from the airport. Nearest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) - 20 km
Villa Stok, Po Leh – Ladakh, Jammu& Kashmir 194101 , India CONTACT HERE