9 miles outside Leh, the Stok Palace Heritage Hotel is the official residence of the Ladakhi Royal family since their ouster from Leh and Shey 200 years ago. This elegant 4 storey palace atop a huge moraine of pebbles swept down from the mountains, has ancient and modern styles blending amid beautiful gardens and lovely sunrises/sunsets. This 77 room royal residence has 3 guest suites, balconies overlooking the Indus Valley, handcrafted Tibetan and Ladakhi rugs, and brightly painted local woodwork. Enjoy a quirky museum with jewels, armor and ‘thangka’ collection – painted, embroidered ceremonial scrolls found in Buddhist monasteries.
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