Fly Delhi to Leh
Once the capital of the Himlayan Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh lies on edge of the Tibetan plateau at a height of more than 3,500 metres. Closer geographically, culturally and anthropologically to Tibet than India; the city's dominating palace - with its clear architectural similarities to Lhasa's Potala Palace - highlights this connection.
Surrounded by irrigated barley fields and overlooked by rocky peaks, the city sits in the fertile Indus River Valley. In this idyllic location, modernity has only just started to take hold. Traditional Ladakhi buildings, with their flat roofs and solid walls, still fill the area surrounding the city's age-old bazaar.
On this journey you will be joined by David Sonam, your personal guide.
Visit Leh From Stok
Take a gentle orientation tour of Leh. Leh is a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets and quaint bazaars. The main street is open and airy, with rows of shops on either side. Leh is very Tibetan; the national dress with 'stove-pipe' hats and felt boots with turned-up toes are much in evidence. The Royal Palace, which dominates the town, is very reminiscent of the Potala in Lhasa and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, large chortens, prayer flags and mud brick houses with flat roofs, are a dramatic culture change from the hot, teeming, frenetic rush of DelhiLocated 14 km from Leh, Stok was the seat of the rulers of Lakadh. Also renowned for the 14th century Buddhist monastery, Stok is gateway to several high altitude trekking trails. Situated in a beautiful locale surrounded by Stok Kangri range, Markha and Indus valleys, Stok is utterly beautiful. The Stok palace is an interesting place to visit with descendents of the royal family still residing in the palace.
Visit Stok Palace and Museum
Head to the impressive Stok Palace, still home to descendants of the Ladakhi royal family. Slightly reminiscent of Lhasa's imposing Potala Palace, this photogenic building is notable for its whitewashed walls and colourful window frames.
Inside, a museum displays a variety royal treasures. These include costumes, jewellery, armour, weapons and jade carvings.
You will be staying at Stok Palace, Bed & Breakfast