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Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh

Stok Monastery

Photo of Monastery

15 Kms South of Leh at the West Bank of river Indus is the Royal Palace dating from the 1834 A.D. when the invading Dogra forces deposed the king of Ladakh. The Palace is a rambling building where only a dozen of the 80 rooms are used. The Royal Palace Museum is worth visiting. It is a show piece for the royal thangkas, king’s crown, dresses, coins, peraks encrusted with turquoise and lapis lazuli as well as religious objects. The monastery founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus, a short distance away has some ritual mask dance (Guru Tseschu) held on the 9th and 10 th day of the Ist month of Tibetan calendar