Stok Palace

Palace in Stok

This stately three-storey edifice was built in 1820 by King Tsepal Namgyal – a good investment, it turned out, since 14 years later his larger main palace at Leh was sacked by the invading Dogra army. Well preserved, Stok Palace remains the summer home of the Ladakhi royals, and a handful of 'museum' rooms display family treasures, including the queen’s ancient turquoise-and-gold yub-jhur (turquoise-encrusted crown) and a sword that the king’s oracle managed to bend into a knot, Uri Geller–style.

The palace has a charming little cafe and six 'secret' guest rooms.