Preserving the cultural heritage.
The Stok Palace Museum houses an intriguing collection of precious artefacts and relics related to Ladakh's old monarchy, which particularly attract historians and anthropologists. Ancient coins, royal seals, regal costumes, precious jewellery and photographs can be found well preserved in this museum. Also displayed here are the royal family’s collection of thangkas, some of which are over 400 years old. A separate room exhibits warfare equipment of Ladakh's kingdom, where visitors can see an impressive assortment of swords, shields, bows, arrows, quivers and guns.
Some highlights of the collection are 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. Another fascinating artefact is an actual knotted sword – the story goes that the king’s Oracle in show of supernatural power managed to bend the King Tashi Namgyal’s sword into a knot.
This private museum is the only one of its kind in the western Himalayas and is a valuable cultural resource for the region.