Top things to do in Stok

Palace in Stok

Stok Palace

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…
Ladakhi in Stok


With a day's notice, excellent traditional meals are served in the relatively new but still very traditional kitchen of this homestay house. A full spread typically includes local specialities, including skyu or chu…
Museum in Stok

Gyab-Thago Heritage House

Over 200 years old, this beautifully preserved traditional house has been in the same family for six generations. Used until 2001, it remains almost fully furnished in traditional style, with antique kitchen, barley…
Monastery in Stok

Stok Gompa

Around 2km south of the palace, Stok's small monastery has some crumbling old stupas, but the dominant feature, 200m above, is its huge 21m-tall gilded Buddha, which was inaugurated by the Dala Lama in 2016 and comm…
Religious in Stok

Guru Tsechu Festival

Royal oracles at the modest Stok Gompa make predictions about the future during Stok’s important Guru Tsechu festival.
Museum in Stok

Stok Abagon

Across from Stok Palace, a short alley leads to the 350-year-old Stok Abagon, the decrepit former home of the royal physician, with a few dusty displays. Ask for the key at the nearby shop and bring a torch.