At the foot of Stok Kangri, one of Ladakh’s most beautiful mountains and a popular trekking/mountaineering peak amd South of Leh (30mins from the airport) lies the small high-altitude village of Stok. Stok is home to Ladakh’s royal family and their Tibetan style palace that contains a small museum of regal religious artifacts and ceremonial clothes. The palace looks onto the village with its fields of barley, apricot orchards and local shepards going about their daily work. With the monasteries of Spituk and Stok Palace, this is the perfect place to observe unspolit Tibet-Ladakh culture.
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Enjoy a fascinating and envigorating walk high in the visually stunning Himalayan region of Ladakh’s Stok Valley. Along the way, admire this culturally rich region with rugged lands, amazing peaks and exquisite colorful Buddhist monasteries. From high ridges to deep gorges you’ll experience engaging views of the Indus Valley and beautiful mountain villages with decorated houses and schools. The high altitude grazing pastures of Nimaling – home to the legendary snow leopard and Himalayan blue sheep is a fascinating spot, while the magnificent views of the Kanz Yatze Peak will enchant.
Stok Palace Museum
Vist the Stok Palace museum, a four storey palace of the erstwhile Royal Family of Ladakh, located across the Indus River, near Leh. There are more than 80 rooms, of which just five are open to guests. The museum houses an intriguing collection of Buddhist art, an exceptional array of 16th century ‘Thangka’ paintings, old weapons and even, kings’ armour. The highlight is the Queen’s ceremonial jewelery and headgear or ‘perak’ (turquoise-studded headgear of the rulers) and the traditional garments, precious heirlooms and prayer instruments.
River Rafting at Stok Valley
River Rafting at Balipara is a popular and pleasant way to see birds.
Mountain Biking at Stok Valley
Are you looking for some excitement? Then push the pedal to the metal! Challenging climbs allow you to admire the astoundingly beautiful and unspoiled Himalayan regions. This adventure is a novel way of immersing yourself in culture as you interact with local village people and explore market places. Starting at Stok Palace, home to Ladakh’s royal family with their Tibetan style palace ovelooking Leh, you will bike along to Chushul, a strategically vital place near the border of Ladakh and Tibet. Head onwards to Thikse Gompa/Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat set on top of a hill and then explore the Shey Monastery/Gompa and the Shey Palace complex ruins. Your ride will bring you back to Stok Palace.