Royal Museum of Stok
EVERY DAY @ 9AM - 5PM • ENTRY FEES: INR 70
The Royal Museum of Stok hosts an enthralling collection of the royal family’s treasures, costumes and jewellery most notably the Queen’s ancient yub-jhur or perak, a head piece encrusted with 401 lumps of uncut turquoise, coral, gold nuggets and more; and a crown that is said to be more than a 1,000 years old. There are gold and silver teapots; 35 ancient thangkas telling the Buddha’s story. Visitors can also see wooden blocks used to print prayer flags, and drums and trumpets made of human bone for use in tantric rituals. In one of the rooms is a sword whose blade has been twisted into a knot. It was mangled by an oracle during a festival, years ago, to prove his powers when he sensed the presence of a sceptic in the crowd.
Guests staying at the Stok Palace Heritage Hotel have privileged access to the museum.
Chulli Bagh - the royal orchard
The royal orchard at the base of the palace in the village of Stok is like an enchanted space with apricot (chulli) trees, walnut trees and willow; some of which are over a 100 years old. Guests can choose to spend a lazy afternoon amidst the shade offered by this orchard while gazing at the mighty Stok Kangri (6,154 mts.)
Guests staying in the rooms in the Palace complex or the villas in the orchard have the option to have served at Chulli Bagh whether it is lunch under the shade of the apricot trees or dine in the cozy dining area.
The Throne Room
This formal space is not open to the day visitors, guests staying at the palace may have the chance of a visit to this extra-ordinary space which maintains its simplicity and sanctity even today.
Royal Ladakhi Kitchen
The kitchen is the most important space in any Ladakhi household and so is the case in this royal abode. Pots, pans, vessels are displayed in simple splendour.
Guests staying at the Stok Palace Heritage Hotel have privileged access to the royal kitchen and on prior request can opt to have a traditional Ladakhi dinner prepared and served in the palace kitchen.