Stok, Ladakh

Home to the reigning royal family, who still reside in the palace, Stok is an authentic piece of rural Ladakhi life. Home to a monastery and an excellent museum, the palace is frequented by tourists from all over Ladakh. Perfect for cycling and exploring on foot, in the summer months you’ll find this pastoral village burdened with a harvest of more apples and apricots than they know what to do with. Marvel at its inhabitants’ picturesque cottage gardens, wonderfully house proud and their traditional mud houses have some serious curb appeal.