The Stok Palace Heritage rooms have been recently opened to visitors were they can enjoy the hospitality of Royal family with well appointed rooms with the comfort of past were you can enjoy remarkable natural, cultural and architectural heritage overlooking the Ladakh range. In the morning you can experience the chants by the monks in the temple above, and fire at the courtyard at night is just for those that stay there, and make you feel at home and in Palace at once.
All the bedrooms are on different levels very traditional but contemporary with modern bathrooms with all facilities and some have great views which are breathtaking we have different categories of room which range from Queens Room, Royal Suite and four Suites well appointed but traditional in character.
Depending on the weather specially the breakfast are served on the Palace rampart while the outdoor rampart offers magical views of the Ladakh Ranges and the valley and lunch and dinners are served in very special rooms and the highlight of your dinning and magical experience would be in the Old Royal Kitchen which is fully restored spacious traditional decorated with old utensils etc.
This year we are launching cooking classes for guest were one would learn about Ladakhi cooking the cost for this would be separate.
The Menu Comprises Ladakhi, Tibetan, Indian and other culinary.
The Architectural Significance of the building(s). The Palace complex at Stok is one of the architecturally most important landmark complexes constructed in Ladakh region by the rulers belonging to the Namgyal Dynasty, and comprise the final phase of the evolution of fortified Palaces residences characteristic of this region. Although smaller in typological characteristic and elements used, combined with the clarity of conception and a remarkable high level of detailing and craftsmanship attest to it architectural significance. Important features such as the ingenious system of spatial planning with access passage and important rooms including the royal apartments and prayer chamber arranged around multi-level interlinked courtyards, elevational elements including the large, decorative projected balconies at the upper levels of the otherwise austere five storied main building ,support and service space found only in buildings of this type such as three storied grain silos and drainage passage ,have resulted in a building which together with the surrounding courtiers houses is an outstanding example of the vernacular architecture of this area. It is also unique in that it is the only residential complex in the region which contains murals of very high quality on various themes, both secular and religious.
As the seat of the erstwhile rulers of Ladakh, the building and the Museum collection are reflective of the ceremonial grandeur of the court and the dignity of the religious rituals such as the celebrations for Losar(New Year) and other annual festivals of family- village prayers associated with Vajrayana Buddhism.
Spaces such as the entry courtyard and Yabskhor and Lhakchung(Temple) on the upper floor, all which are also on the itinerary of visitors to the Palace, indicate the pivotal role of the Palace in the social and religious activities of the Ladakhis in the past. In addition, the numerous chortens (Stupas) and mane walls in the vicinity attest to the cultural significance of the Palace .In present context, the Museum is the only one of its kind in the western Himalayas and is valuable cultural resource for the region.