Stay at the Stok Palace Heritage Hotel and experience something unique, an attempt to open up a living heritage space to guests. Whether it is the 6 gorgeously restored rooms in the palace building or the 2-bedroom villas amidst the apricot orchard.
When you choose to stay at Stok Palace you are choosing to immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Ladakh. The 200 year old mural adorned walls,, the sound of Buddhist chants from the palace temple or a traditional Ladakhi meal in the royal kitchen, even evening tea in the shade of the magnificent old apricot and walnut trees, you will experience the Ladakhi way of life.
Festivals of Ladakh
STOK GURU TSECHU Festival
Organized in the month of February, just a week before Matho Nagrang, Stok Guru Tsechu festival is a 2-day celebration where the months of Spituk and Stok monasteries take part in the festivities, performing mask dances. At the time of the festival 2 oracles visit the monasteires. These oracles are actually common men from the same village who are arranged by the monks for receiving the spirits of the deities.
MATHO NAGRANG Festival
Celebrated at Matho monastery on the 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar, the Matho Nagrang festival is a 2-day event. This monastery the only gompa that belongs to Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. During the festival, the monks of the monastery wear colorful brocade and silk robes, and perform mask dances are performed by the monastery. The masks are the representation of the Gods and Goddesses.
One of the most popular monastic festivals of Ladakh, Hemis festival is organized in the commemoration of the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. The monks get dressed in vibrant brocade robes and wear colorful facial masks for performing a sacred dance drama of his life and its mission.
During this 3-day festival, the 4-storeyed thangka of Guru Padma Sambhava is slung in the courtyard along with other precious thangkas are out on display.