Stok Palace, Leh

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Stok Palace, built by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal is the year 1825, is situated at a distance of 15 km from the city across the River Indus. The palace houses over 108 volumes of the Kangyur, a list of sacred texts recognized by the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism, in its library. Originally used as a place of residence by the royal family and successors of King Sengge Namgyal, the palace was built in a traditional style with beautiful architectural patterns. The view of sunsets and sunrise form the palace and its gardens are an added attraction.Another feature that attracts numerous visitors to the place is the annual mask dance festival. During this time tourists can see the rare collection of the royal crowns, royal attires, and other significant material. Visitors will require at least 4-5 hours taking a complete tour of the palace. The Spituk Monastery located inside the palace is one of the major attractions for the tourists. Travellers can easily avail shared taxis and jeeps to drive up to the place.

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